â–ªÂ Stevie Nicks, â€œBella Donna (Deluxe)â€, â€œThe Wild Heart (Deluxe).â€ Stevie Nicksâ€™ first two solo albums are remastered and expanded with demos and outtakes. â€œBella Donna,â€ a No. 1 album in 1981, becomes a three-disc package, with a live disc from a short tour, highlighted by the 1981 outtake, â€œGold and Braidâ€ and a scorching cover of Tom Pettyâ€™s â€œI Need to Know.â€
The outtakes include â€œBlue Lamp,â€ from the â€œHeavy Metalâ€ soundtrack and â€œSleeping Angelâ€ from â€œFast Times at Ridgemont High.â€ Also, a previously unreleased version of the non-LP track, â€œThe Dealer,â€ and the title trackâ€™s demo.
â€œThe Wild Heartâ€ adds a second disc that includes a raw session outtake of the title track and â€œViolet and Blueâ€ from the â€œAgainst All Oddsâ€ soundtrack. Also, unreleased versions of â€œAll the Beautiful Worldsâ€ and â€œDial the Numberâ€ and the â€œStand Backâ€ singleâ€™s B-side, â€œGarbo.â€
â–ªÂ Bette Midler, â€œThe Divine Miss M Deluxe.â€ Expanded two-disc reissue of her classic 1972 debut includes demos (including a cover of Eaglesâ€™ â€œSaturday Nightâ€), singles mixes and outtakes like the amusing â€œMarihuana.â€
What makes Midlerâ€™s first album such a remarkable achievement, beyond the top-shelf musicianship from jazz and rock pros and a pre-fame Barry Manilowâ€™s arrangements and production, are her expressive vocals. Midler can be brassy and campy on â€™60s girl group covers like â€œChapel of Loveâ€ but in her prime, here, no one could match her emotional connection to good material.
Every bit the actress, Midler inhabits her cover of â€œSuperstarâ€ so intimately â€” especially an alternate version on disc two â€” listeners almost feel as if they are intruding on something so personal it feels intrusive. But thatâ€™s an experience with the Divine that is to be cherished.
Midler, who would earn Grammyâ€™s Best New Artist award and an Album of the Year nomination for this recording, was never better in the studio.