13 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Director Mark Rydell’s 1991 WWII-Korea-Vietnam USO show odyssey not only netted Bette Midler her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination (and a Golden Globe win), but shrewdly allowed the irrepressible chanteuse to revisit some of the original Divine Ms M roots that had yielded her first chart hit in 1973, an energetic cover of the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Midler wisely tones down that recording’s camp factor in the collection’s covers of ‘40s-‘50s standards by Loesser, Mercer, Arlen, et. al., then uses Rydell’s era-spanning cinematic backdrop as a showcase for her remarkable musical range. Whether engaging in a good-natured duet with her croon-impaired costar James Caan on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” coaxing every bittersweet nuance from Lennon-McCartney’s “In My Life,” or turning contemporary ballad-meister/one-woman hit factory Diane Warren’s “Every Road Leads Back to You” into an expectedly emotive showcase, Midler’s powerful, expressive voice makes them all distinctly her own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Director Mark Rydell’s 1991 WWII-Korea-Vietnam USO show odyssey not only netted Bette Midler her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination (and a Golden Globe win), but shrewdly allowed the irrepressible chanteuse to revisit some of the original Divine Ms M roots that had yielded her first chart hit in 1973, an energetic cover of the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Midler wisely tones down that recording’s camp factor in the collection’s covers of ‘40s-‘50s standards by Loesser, Mercer, Arlen, et. al., then uses Rydell’s era-spanning cinematic backdrop as a showcase for her remarkable musical range. Whether engaging in a good-natured duet with her croon-impaired costar James Caan on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” coaxing every bittersweet nuance from Lennon-McCartney’s “In My Life,” or turning contemporary ballad-meister/one-woman hit factory Diane Warren’s “Every Road Leads Back to You” into an expectedly emotive showcase, Midler’s powerful, expressive voice makes them all distinctly her own.

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