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Bette Midler – Broken Blossom (1977) [Remastered]
Posted By : BlondStyle | Date : 23 Aug 2011 18:38:40

Bette Midler – Broken Blossom (1977) [Remastered]
Vocal, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock | EAC Rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG + HQ Full Scans-600dpi | 41:52 Min | 204,09 Mb
Label: Atlantic Records (US)/Warner Music | Released: August, 29, 1995

“Broken Blossom” is the fourth studio album by American singer Bette Midler, her second album release in 1977 and her fifth on the Atlantic Records label. Just as Midler’s three previous studio albums Broken Blossom includes songs from a wide variety of genres, ranging from Edith Piaf’s signature tune “La vie en rose”, Phil Spector-esque covers of Billy Joel’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and Harry Nilsson’s “Paradise” and hard rock like Sammy Hagar’s “Red”, to a jazzy duet with Tom Waits, “I Never Talk to Strangers”, and a rendition of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, originally from Walt Disney’s 1950 film version of Cinderella. The album reached #51 on Billboard’s album chart.

Produced by: Brooks Arthur
Engineered by: Bob Merritt and Brooks Arthur
Assisted by: David Latman
Production Coordinator: Ivy Skoff
Management: Aaron Russo, Hollywood, California
Cover Design: Bob Defrin
Photography: George Hurrell
Primary Recording Location: The Record Plant, Los Angeles
Additional Recording: at Studio 55, Los Angeles

• The back cover of the original LP was evidently misprinted, resulting in the tracks for side one being switched with the tracks for side two. Instead of the album beginning with “Make Yourself Comfortable,” it begins with “Empty Bed Blues.

• Bette recorded the beautiful ballad, “Someone That I Use To Love,” for this album, but Bette’s manager Aaron Russo didn’t feel that she needed another ballad on the album and Bette decided at the last minute not to release it. The song later became hits for both Natalie Cole and Barbra Streisand.

• Bette wanted to cut the Carla Thomas song “Gee Whiz” for this album, but when she asked producer Brooks Arthur how he’d cut it, he suggested it be slow and sexy and Bette backed out telling Brooks that he wouldn’t know sexy if it fell on him. Brooks later recorded the song with Bernadette Peters and it became a top 20 hit single.

• Several other songs were recorded for Broken Blossom but never made it onto the final release. Some of these songs include, “Hernando’s Hideaway / Blue Tango,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “Nuts,” “The Day You Fall In Love With Me,” “I’ll Sing Alone,” “I Don’t Need Nobody’s Help,” “Snow,” “Miss O,” “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” “Love Just Ain’t Right,” “People Say They Love You,” and the beloved ballad, “Martha,” written by friend Tom Waits.

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Release of the album: 1977, November, 17 [LP Atlantic Records, Cat.# SD 19151, USA] – Peaked #51 on Billboard’s top 200 chart

Release of this CD: 1995, August, 29 [CD Atlantic Records (US)/Warner Music, Cat.# 82780-2 / UPC: 075678278020]

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7 thoughts on “BetteBack: Broken Blossom

  1. Wow! It sounds like this is another album, along with Songs for the New Depression, where we should put in a write-in campaign to bring back the missing tracks!! This would have been a terrific double-disc!! –Ron

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