Some People's Lives

Some People's Lives

by Bette Midler


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678212949
catalogNumber: 82129

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Soloist
Ron Carter   Bass
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Grady Tate   Drums
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Andrew Gold   Guitar,Soloist
Maria Vidal   Background Vocals
Nino Tempo   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Sid Page   Concert Master
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Charlotte Crossley   Background Vocals
Jo Ann Harris   Background Vocals
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Michael Landau   Guitar
Bernie Layton   Piano
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Joe Mardin   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Soloist
John McCurry   Guitar
George Merrill   Background Vocals
Gene Orloff   Conductor,Concert Master
Dean Parks   Guitar
Radio Choir of New Hope Church   Background Vocals
Marc Shaiman   Piano,Conductor
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Eugene VanBuren   Background Vocals
Carlos Vega   Drums
John West   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Programming
Tom Kelly   Vocal Arrangements
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Mardin   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Guy Roche   Programming
Nick Sansano   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Steve Skinner   Arranger
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Eddie Garcia   Engineer
Billie Hughes   Arranger

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