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Some People's Lives

Bette Midler

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Album Review

Despite Bette Midler's bawdy, cartoonish image, her albums are almost always classy A/C collections that are often buried under overproduction. So on Some People's Lives, one of the singer's strongest collections, it isn't surprising that the only hit, "From a Distance," a song of hope and peace, is in keeping with much of her material — namely poor production that is buoyed by her sterling vocals and strong lyrics. Aside from that, however, Some People's Lives is a smooth collection of standards like Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" and contemporary cuts like Diane Warren's "Moonlight Dancing." Kicking off with the punchy "One More Round," Midler sets the stage for sassy up-tempo numbers, then slides into the title song, a haunting ballad of despair that shows she is on more solid ground than ever. This is Midler at her best — playful, yearning, brassy, regretful — and that is mostly because producer Arif Mardin surrounds his star with respectful production that matches her talent while accenting her strengths. Standouts are the title cut, "Miss Otis Regrets," "He Was Too Good to Me/Since You Stayed Here," and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most."

Customer Reviews

a wonderful introduction to bette midler

I was first introduced to Bette with this album when I was twelve. I was transfixed by the shear fun of it all, and absolutely loved Miss Otis Regrets. This is an album that I think everyone should have along with Bathhouse Bette. Buy it ... don't copy it!

A One Hit Wonder??

I must disagree with the opening review that this cd contains only one hit. This cd, Bette's most successful commercial release, contains three radio hits, "Night And Day," "From A Distance," and "The Gift Of Love." Bette's vocals on all the tracks is spot on and while the over-production marks time a bit this cd is still an excellent listen.

Some People's Lives

My wife and I have listened to this wonderful album for many years; wore out one cassette and now have it etched in my hard drive of my laptop! This is Bette at her best we think and since Beaches, my wife has been hooked on Bette!


Born: December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bette Midler counts singing as only one of her talents. Still, she has managed to score a number of major hits in a roller-coaster career as a recording artist. Born in Paterson, New Jersey and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and acting early on, and by the '60s she had moved to New York and gotten a role in the long-running Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Midler developed a nightclub act that included comedy and singing of a variety of kinds of material, including show tunes,...
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