Bette Midler fans are getting a second chance to find out where it all began on Oct. 21 when Rhino Records will unleash a two-CD remaster of the singer’s iconic 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M. The special edition includes the remastered album, a bonus disc of singles, outtakes, demos and new liner notes written by Midler.
A digital version will also be available, as well as a 1-LP vinyl format with the remastered original album (co-produced by Barry Manilow) and original album artwork. “I began being called The Divine Miss M around 1969, when I made my first appearance at the Continental Baths, a gay bath house located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel, at Broadway and 74th Street in New York,” Midler writes in the liner notes of her nickname. “My best friend, Bill Hennessy, a hairdresser I met on Fiddler on the Roof, called me that for years. It was my first night at the Baths, and before I went on, the owner, Steven Ostrow, stuck his head into the dressing room and asked how I wanted to be introduced. I said, â€˜Just tell them Iâ€™m divine!â€™ And thatâ€™s how it started.”
In addition to the top 40 hits “Do You Want to Dance” and “Friends” and the top 10 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” the second disc has nine additional tracks including the single mixes for “Friends” and “Chapel of Love” and a version of “Do You Want to Dance” mixed by album co-producer Joel Dorn. There are also five unreleased songs: an alternate take of Superstar (co-written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett), demos of “Saturday Night” and “Mr. Freedom and I” and the original 1972 versions of “Old Cape Cod” and “Marahuana.” Midler won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist following the 1972 release of the album.
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The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition track list:
1. â€œDo You Want To Danceâ€
2. â€œChapel Of Loveâ€
4. â€œHello In Thereâ€
5. â€œAm I Blueâ€
7. â€œDaytime Hustlerâ€
8. â€œLeader Of The Packâ€
9. â€œDelta Dawnâ€
10. â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boyâ€
1. â€œChapel Of Loveâ€ â€“ Single Mix
2. â€œBoogie Woogie Bugle Boyâ€ â€“ Single Version
3. â€œDo You Want To Danceâ€ â€“ Single Mix
4. â€œFriendsâ€ â€“ Single Mix
5. â€œOld Cape Codâ€ â€“ Earliest Recording & Mix
6. â€œMarahuanaâ€ â€“ Earliest Recording & Mix
7. â€œSuperstarâ€ â€“ Alternate Recording *
8. â€œSaturday Nightâ€ â€“ Demo *
9. â€œMr. Freedom And Iâ€ â€“ Demo *
( *Previously Unreleased)