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The Divine Miss MNumbered Limited Edition
Midler's Grammy-Winning 1972 Debut Announces the Birth of a Superstar
Record Overflows With Energy and Personality: Torch Songs, Girl-Group Classics, Campy Remakes, Theatrical Pieces Delivered With Supreme Emotion
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Plant in North America): Midler's Voice Upfront and Centered, Every Nuance of Her Phrasing Laid Bare
Oh, behave! Bette Midler's sparkling, energy-pulsing 1972 debut features the singer honing her trademark brassy personality as well as showing off an intimate, raw edge that fell by the wayside later in her career. Witness her forlorn, melancholic, and heartbroken moods, all conveyed with supreme emotion on several riveting ballads. But this LP is no downer. Midler offsets any bleakness with playfully campy songs laced with unadulterated enthusiasm and joyous defiance. This is a diva lover's delight. The music is astonishingly alive. A superstar is born!
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents The Divine Miss M with the warmly cozy and front-row perspective that the music demands. Midler's voice is transparent and full, the timbrel shadings colorfully outlined, the vocal images appearing as if she's singing just a few feet away. Similarly, her cast of back-up vocalists (the Harlettes) receives ample face time on songs that come across as if performed by a girl-group revue. Midler has cut many records in her career but none are this entertaining, diversified, and, now, sonically spectacular.
There's always risk associated with interpreting other artists' classics and hits, but Midler makes every song here her own. She injects Chapel of Love with extra swagger and feminine gusto. In her hands, the Carpenters' Superstar becomes more heartbreaking, filled with desolate sentiment and lonesome ache. John Prine's ballad Hello In There echoes, as if sung to an empty room, with forlorn emotion. The 50s smash Leader of the Pack positively stomps and declares, her band in tow, that she's not going to be stopped. Indeed, Midler's interpretations of these staples surpass the previous versions, mostly due to her impeccable strong vocals and contagious passion. She doesn't quit. And don't you dare decline her offer on Do You Want to Dance!
What else can be said of her trademark Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, her update of the Andrews Sisters' jazzy hit landing in the Top 10, featuring a scat vocal (!), and smartly walking the line between campy fun and serious reverence. Similarly, Midler's two takes of Friends--the first off-the-cuff, wild, snappy, and humorous; the second slightly cooler and infused with gorgeous harmonies--remain modern marvels. There's not a bad note on this incredible record.
The Divine Miss M has always been prized for its clear, clean production. Mobile Fidelity's Silver Series LP further improves the sound, which, in combination with Midler's performances, make this collectible reissue an absolute no-brainer!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Do You Want to Dance? (Bobby Freeman)
2. Chapel of Love (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector)
3. Superstar (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell)
4. Daytime Hustler (Jeff Kent)
5. Am I Blue (Jarry Akst, Grant Clark)
6. Friends (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart)
7. Hello In There (John Prine)
8. Leader of the Pack (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton)
9. Delta Dawn (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey)
10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Don Raye, Hughie Prince)
11. Friends (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway Cast Recording) (Awaiting Repress)Masterworks Broadway is proud to announce the release of the New Broadway Cast Recording of the most breathlessly anticipated theatrical event of the season, Hello, Dolly! starring the legendary Bette Midler. This Broadway revival of Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece is directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks with choreography by Tony Award® winner Warren Carlyle and is the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago. The revival will pay tribute to the original work of the legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
Based on Thornton Wilder's farce The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! caused an instant sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1964 starring Carol Channing in the title role. It went on to win a record-shattering ten Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. The original Broadway cast recording, which includes the well-known songs "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and the unforgettable title track, hit the top of the Billboard album chart and, years later, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Along with Ms. Midler, the cast features Tony® and Emmy Award® winner David Hyde Pierce, two-time Tony Award® nominee Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie)HaHHh and Tony Award® nominees Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow) and Jennifer Simard (Disaster!).
The creative/design team for Hello, Dolly! includes three-time Tony Award® winner Santo Loquasto (scenic and costume design), Tony Award® winner Scott Lehrer (sound design), Andy Einhorn (music direction), Tony Award® winner Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and Tony Award® winner Don Pippin (vocal arrangements).1. Overture
2. Call on Dolly
3. I Put My Hand In
4. It Takes a Woman
5. Put on Your Sunday Clothes
6. Ribbons Down My Back
9. Before the Parade Passes By
10. Penny in My Pocket
12. The Waiters' Gallop
13. Hello, Dolly!
14. It Only Takes a Moment
15. So Long Dearie
16. Finale$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Rose1979 Soundtrack Contains Multiple Smash Hits: When a Man Loves a Woman, Stay With Me Among Them
Midler Steps Into Persona of Janis Joplin on Record Steeped in Rock n Roll, Pounding R&B, and Memphis Blues
Contagious Sound That Spotlights Midlers Potent Voice: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Bette Midlers first leading role in a musical remains her best. As the soundtrack for that film, The Rose spotlights The Divine Miss Ms outstanding performance as a character in the persona of Janis Joplin. Midler received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and while the record contains no visuals, it punctuates the raw emotion and show-stopping persuasion that the singer brings to upbeat, rollicking fare composed in tribute to the late Joplin. Her reading of When A Man Loves a Woman remains definitive and unique for being sung from a females perspective.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP allows listeners to hone in on Midlers voice like never before. Kernels of previously unheard tonalities, richer hues of her bluesy timbre, and better-defined contours of her phrasing come to foreas do the contributions of guitarist Steve Hunter and drummer Whitey Glan, both members of Lou Reeds Rock n Roll Animal tour. No, The Rose isnt your conventional adult-contemporary pop offering from Midler. Its much more.
Always a natural-born theatrical star, Midler demonstrates these abilities to wondrous effect throughout, pouring herself into the painful sentiments of Stay With Me and raising hell on raucous numbers such as Sold My Soul to Rock N Roll and Keep On Rockin. Muscle Shoals sounds and Memphis-birthed shuffles keep Midler balanced and engaged. Producer Paul Rothchild, who helmed Joplins final salvo, matches the headliners zest by keeping tight-fisted control over the material selection and sonics. Never does Midler seem as if shes merely paying tribute or playing a part; she makes listeners feel every note.
Its apt, then, that shes afforded carte blanche on the title track, a gorgeous and career-defining moment of immense proportions and the only song here not performed in the persona of Joplin. Theres no better way to wrap up an album of nearly shamanic power, and an effort that, along with The Divine Miss M, remains Midlers peak.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Whose Side Are You On
2. Midnight In Memphis
3. Concert Monologue
4. When a Man Loves a Woman
5. Sold My Soul to Rock N Roll
6. Keep on Rockin
7. Love Me With a Feeling
9. Homecoming Monologue
10. Stay With Me
11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
12. The Rose$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Spite Of OurselvesPressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Matte Inner Sleeve
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.1. (We're Not) The Jet Set - (ft. Iris DeMent)
2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - (ft. Connie Smith)
3. Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years - (ft. Lucinda Williams)
4. When Two Worlds Collide - (ft. Trisha Yearwood)
5. Milwaukee Here I Come - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
6. I Know One - (ft. Emmylou Harris)
7. It's A Cheating Situation - (ft. Dolores Keane)
8. Back Street Affair - (ft. Patty Loveless)
9. Loose Talk - (ft. Connie Smith)
10. Let's Invite Them Over - (ft. Iris DeMent)
11. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - (ft. Fiona Prine)
12. In A Town This Size - (ft. Dolores Keane)
13. We Could - (ft. Iris DeMent)
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
15. In Spite of Ourselves - (ft. Iris DeMent)
16. Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Foreign Affairs (Remastered)Presented On 180-Gram Heavy Vinyl And Packaged With The Original Artwork
Pressed At RTI With Mastering Supervised By Gavin Lurssen
1977's Foreign Affairs takes the jazz and poetry that Tom Waits explored on his earlier albums in a more cinematic direction, foreshadowing his own breakthrough work in the 80s. Opening with the instrumental "Cinny's Waltz" and featuring some new standards like "Muriel" and "I Never Talk To Strangers", his dramatic duet with Bette Midler, this album gets into some of Waits' most ambitious storytelling ever. Foreign Affairs also features the jazzy, colorful "Jack and Neil" and the sweeping, dramatic "Potters Field" as well as classic Waits ballads "Burma Shave" and "Sight for Sore Eyes".1. Cinny's Waltz
3. I Never Talk To Strangers
4. Medley: Jack & Neal / California, Here I Come
5. A Sight For Sore Eyes
6. Potter's Field
8. Barber Shop
9. Foreign Affair$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One From The HeartNumbered, Limited Edition
Tom Waits and Crystal Gale Create Magic Together on Waits' Most Accessible Outing
Small Combo Band Provides Jazzy and Bluesy Support
Stupendous Sonics: Music Largely Recorded Live on Studio Floor
One From the Heart ranks among the best soundtracks in history. Essential for any Tom Waits or Crystal Gayle devotee, it sets an example of what's not only possible, but should be expected and demanded, when two likeminded artists collaborate. Heartstrings are tugged, passions kindled and lost, sentiments exchanged, skeletons dragged out of closets, seasons changed, romantic truisms cited. And its wide-open sound is supreme, the result of most tracks being recorded live in the studio, free of after-effects and interference.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP presents the Academy Award-nominated One From the Heart in stunning sonic relief. You'll be able to gauge the signature tones of the guitars and hear inside the cavity of Waits' piano. Perhaps most importantly, Gayle and Waits' voices now sound just feet away, with your room converted into the world's coolest late-night lounge. Spatial cues, background accents, and studio dimensions emerge with striking realism.
Inspired by a track Waits cut with Bette Midler on his Foreign Affairs effort, One From the Heart overflows with simpatico chemistry, poignant contrast, elegant atmospherics, and awestruck intimacy. On their four vocal duets, Gayle and Waits inhabit the personas of a man and woman breaking apart yet sharing common bonds. Their singing plumbs emotional depths that traverse melancholy, sensuality, and understanding. Made before Waits' baritone turned into a deep, gravel-laden instrument, the songs are more smoke than whiskey, more piano-man empathy than hipster growler.
Written by Waits, the music occupies a common ground between laidback small-combo jazz, lounge pop, and downbeat blues. Classy string orchestrations abet a crack ensemble comprised of saxophonist Terry Edwards, drummer Shelly Manne, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Greg Cohen, and others. The arrangements seamlessly melt into both vocalists' leads, allowing every note-every piano clink, acoustic bass ripple, brushed snare drum-to register with utmost magnitude.
Experienced on stunning soliloquy pieces such as Gayle's mournful ballad "Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?" and back-and-forth collaborative efforts like the breakup take "Picking Up After You," beautiful instrumentation, spacious production, and flawless vocal phrasing take hold. You can picture the broken dreams exiting out the side doors of the dim bars and abandoned houses that pepper the narratives. Renowned for his sad songs, Waits has never been in better form, the goodbye fare clicking with unflinching honesty and personality.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Opening Montage: Tom's Piano Intro/Once Upon a Town
2. Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?
3. Picking Up After You
4. Old Boyfriends
5. Broken Bicycles
6. I Beg Your Pardon
7. Little Boy Blue
8. Instrumental Montage: The Tango/Circus Girl
9. You Can't Unring a Bell
10. This One's From the Heart
11. Take Me Home
12. Presents$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It's Like ThisThis lovely set of intimately arranged and meticulously recorded covers, originally issued in 2000, is precisely the kind of semi-obscure album in need of a quality all-analog reissueThe superbly natural sound produced by this record is what spending big bucks on an audio system is all about. Set the volume appropriately and Ms. Jones'll draw you into the studio for a personal song recitalThis is one to savor. Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com
this effort from 2000 shows Jones conjuring such magic with the material that she deserves as much attention for reworking standards as do Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt. Kicking off with Steely Dan's 'Show Biz Kids,' and with appearances by Joe Jackson and Ben Folds, among the highpoints is the Beatles' 'For No One' that ranks as among the finest Beatles cover ever. And considering that they number in the tens of thousands, that's about as high as praise gets. Recording = 5/5; Performances = 5/5 Album of the Month Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2008
The Rickie Lee Jones 45rpm is AWESOME UNREAL AMAZING!!! I have to get a backup copy. I'll play this one to death. Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online
Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It's Like This, eclectic folkie Rickie Lee Jones envelops standards, showtunes, '70s soul, and even slick jazz-rock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. In a very similar vein as 1991's Pop Pop, Jones pulls together a collection of diverse songs from throughout the 20th century and gives them a sparse, fragile spin, kind of like Diana Krall and Bjork sharing coffee at an all-night diner. Produced by Bruce Brody (who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler), this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist - her voice pitching and yawing like a sloop far out at sea. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album like Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal; each lend a subtle bass line or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones' delicate lines.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Show Biz Kids
2. Trouble Man
3. For No One
5. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
6. On The Street Where You Live
7. I Can't Get Started
8. Up A Lazy River
9. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. One Hand, One Heart$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now