Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Jackpot: The Best Bette

You're looking at the amazing cover of Bette Midler's soon to be released 'best of' album. Doesn't she just get more fabulous with each passing day? I worship the Divine Miss M, so I'll be adding this to my collection but I am slightly bewildered by the tracklist:

In The Mood
This Ole House
Beast Of Burden
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
The Rose
When A Man Loves A Woman
I've Still Got My Health
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
Hello In There
The Glory Of Love
Wind Beneath My Wings
Do You Want To Dance?
Baby Mine
From A Distance
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Single Version)
Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me (Previously Unreleased)
Cool Yule

Don't get me wrong, each song is an absolute gem (ok, maybe with the exception of "Cool Yule"!) - I just wish they included more hits and fewer album cuts from recent releases. The omission of classic anthems like "I Shall Be Released", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Hang On In There Baby", "In This Life", "My One True Friend", "Married Men", "I'm Beautiful", "My Mother's Eyes" and "To Deserve You" (to name just a few) is disappointing. On the bright side, it's nice that so many tracks from "Beaches" and "The Divine Miss M" were included. I'm particularly thrilled to see Bette's phenomenal cover of "Beast Of Burden", which is one of my all time favourite songs. Check out the amazing film clip below. It has to be one of the best video clips of the 80s - Bette's dance off with Mick Jagger has to be seen to be believed! There are no plans to release "Jackpot" in Australia as yet but you can pre-order the album from US Amazon. It's officially released in America on the 29th of April.


Robpop said...

I've never seen that video before! I love it!!!

Adem With An E said...

Oh Bette!

One of my favourite Bette moments is "You're Moving Out Today" from the Live At Last cd. AMAZING stuff.

Anonymous said...

I was just in Vegas where she is headlining at Cesar's Palace and this is the track listing of the songs she sang there. I think this album is an homage to her performance in Vegas. That could account for some of your bewilderment...she's insanely amazing!!

D'luv said...

Her tits look like Diedre Halliwell is stuffed up her flannel.

Mike said...

Thanks for the heads up, Anon! That at least makes some sense. I would kill to see her in Vegas. The show looks amazing!

Paul said...

Yeah, anon - i saw her in vegas in March, great seats too. Was utterly marv. This cd was on sale after the show in her own little bette store (where i bought it and a pack of cards - classy). She does a fucking amazing show :)