Billboard peak: # 183
Bette Tracks: ""Some People" - "Small World"
- "You'll Never Get Away From Me" - "Everything's
Coming Up Roses" - "Together (Wherever We Go)" -
Chicago Tribune music critic offered a glowing review: "The new version of
"Gypsy" is a class act, and this recording is another instance of what
went right. Bette Midler, in the role she was born to play, showed gumption by
performing a lot of the material live, during the actual filming.
studio version is altogether different, and even better. Silky studio magic has
now been added to Midler's incomparable versions of such ]ule Styne-Stephen Sondheim
treats as 'Rose's Turn,' 'Small World,' and 'Some People.' Meanwhile, the slight
harshness of timbre in 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' is now smoothed away.
reviewers dubbed the telecast the performance of Midler's career; this is easily
one of the finest of her albums-tough, brassy, but full of those satiny moments
that so complement her persona.
101, John Kenrick
TV soundtrack captures Bette Midler in a sensational performance – her "Rose's
Turn" is a
knockout! Some may find her occasional rock/pop vocal mannerisms jarring, but
that's all part of putting her stamp on the role.
suggestion: this production is better appreciated on video than on CD. Vocally,
the supporting cast ranges from okay (Cynthia Gibb) to well-intentioned (Peter
Riegert), but on screen they are all fun to watch.
Bev for the contribution!!!