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Bette Midler, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook

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Bette Midler, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook

Audio CD

Disk ID: 414337

Disk length: 30m 58s (11 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2003

Label: Unknown

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“Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook” Tracks & Durations

1. You'll Never Know 1:44
2. This Ole House 3:02
3. On A Slow Boat To China (Duet With Barry Manilow) 2:31
4. Hey There 3:30
5. Tenderly 3:11
6. Come On-A My House 1:50
7. Mambo Italiano 2:50
8. Sisters (Duet With Linda Ronstadt) 2:53
9. Memories Of You 3:20
10. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening 2:44
11. White Christmas 3:15

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Review

It's nice to see Bette Midler putting her spin on an American classic after less-than-convincing detours through adult-contemporary cheese. This tribute focuses on Rosemary Clooney in the early to mid-1950s--so we don't get any of the fabulous Nelson Riddle material--but it's a fairly strong offering. It was produced and arranged by Midler's old musical director, Barry Manilow--who actually dueted with Clooney on a couple of songs in the 1990s and here replaces Bing Crosby on the duet "On a Slow Boat to China." Mostly, the CD is about hits: "Hey There" and "White Christmas" are done in straightforward manner, while Linda Ronstadt fills in for Rosemary's actual sister Betty on a slinky version of "Sisters." Happily, Midler plays "Come On-A My House" down instead of up (the old Bette would have milked its comic aspect) but the singer lets loose on "Mambo Italiano." That's pretty much the only time the Divine Miss M peeks out from behind Clooney's elegant persona, and it's a delight. --Elisabeth Vincentelli