1 mean, when you hear Bette Midler’sÂ moving version of A Dream” Is a WishÂ Your Heart Makes from Walt Disney’sÂ Clnderella, you are going to know this IsÂ one born again innocent.
You are also going to smile and feelÂ kind of warm unless you were one ofÂ those hard-hearted folks who watchedÂ Bambl’s mother get it without runningÂ emotionally disturbed out to the popcorn stand.
Of course, this innocent stuff could beÂ overemphasized, I suppose. That tuneÂ does follow Bessie Smith’s Empty BedÂ Blues, which is the raunchiest song onÂ the album. But then dirty old blues fansÂ deserves little nostalgia, too.
The other most significant historicalÂ number is Make Yourself Comfortable,Â which was kind of a ’50s soft coreÂ forerunner of the more explicit skinÂ songs of the ’70s, like Help Me Make ItÂ Through the Night.
Talk about returning to a more innocent era. There is actually a line whichÂ says Take off your shoesies, dear. ThatÂ was a real shocker at the time. ChildrenÂ were sent to their room when GiseleÂ MacKenzie sang it on Your Hit Parade.
Bette’s piano bar romantic duet withÂ Tom Waits, I Never Talk to Strangers,Â is also on Waits’ new album. It makesÂ more sense here. If Bette Midler isÂ going to pick a romantic leading man,Â you just know It is going to be someÂ reprobate like Tom Waits.
A couple of the most elaborate numbers are an extravagant production of Â Say Goodbye to Hollywood written by Billy Joel and a ripping rock song thatÂ seems written for Bette called Red.
Bette Midler Is loud, brassy, vulgar,Â outrageous, tasteless, gaudy, extravagant, shrill, tawdry and absolutely wonderful. She Is also a fun party and aÂ heck of an Innocent.