Bette Midler – Live At Last [2CD] (1977) [1993, Reissue]

Artist: Bette Midler
Title: Live At Last
Year Of Release: 1993-10-19 (1977)
Label: Atlantic Records / WEA
Genre: Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Vocal, Live
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 01:27:18
Total Size: 676,05 | 227,38 Mb (Full Scans)
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“Live at Last” is the first live album by American singer Bette Midler, a two-disc set released in 1977, Midler’s fourth album release on the Atlantic Records Label. The album spawned from her live, recorded performance, “The Depression Tour” in Cleveland, enTitled “The Bette Midler Show”. “Live at Last” documents a full-length live performance at the Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio on the 1976 Depression Tour, and sees Midler, her backing group The Staggering Harlettes and her band Betsy and the Blowboys covering material from her three first albums as well as The Supremes’ “Up the Ladder to the Roof”, Neil Young’s “Birds”, Ringo Starr’s “Oh My My”, the mock lounge act The Vicky Eydie Show doing a “global revue” and the song cycle The Story of Nanette. The album also captures Midler’s rapport with – or loving heckling of – the Cleveland audience, a monologue about fried eggs and a part that since has become a staple of her live performances: the raunchy Sophie Tucker jokes. “Live at Last” features two new studio recordings. “You’re Moving Out Today”, co-written by Midler and Carole Bayer Sager and produced by Tom Dowd was the only single release from the album (#42 Billboard’s Single Chart, #11 Adult Contemporary). “Bang, You’re Dead”, which was also not performed during the Cleveland show, replaced “I Sold My Heart To The Junkman” on the album because writers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – who wrote the song for Bette – laid down an ultimatum that if she didn’t release the song on her next album they would give it to another singer. Therefore, the song was recorded in a studio and squeezed onto the album.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1993. A limited edition remastered version of the album was released by Friday Music in 2012. “Live at Last” reached #49 on Billboard’s album chart in the autumn of 1977.
Release of this album: 1977, June [2xLP Atlantic, Cat.# SD 2-9000, USA]
Release of this CD: 1993, October, 19 [CD Atlantic Records / WEA (USA), Cat.# 81461-2 / UPC: 075678146121]
(p)(c) 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.A.
Manufactured by Sony Music Japan international Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.
Bass – Francisco Centeno
Drums – Ira “Buddy” Williams
Guitar – Lou Volpe
Harp – Elizabeth Kane
Keyboards – Don York, Richard Trifan
Percussion – Joseph Mero
Trumpet – Miles Krasner
Disc 1:
01. “Backstage” – 00:19
02. “Friends”/”Oh My My” – 04:15
(Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linheart)/(Richard Starkey, Vincent Poncia)
03. “Bang You’re Dead” – 03:28
(Valerie Simpson, Nickolas Ashford)
04. “Birds” – 05:09
(Neil Young)
05. “Comic Relief” (Monologue) – 02:38
06. “In The Mood” – 02:15
(Joe Garland, Andy Razaf)
07. “Hurry On Down” – 02:22
(Nellie Lutcher)
08. “Shiver Me Timbers” – 04:55
(Tom Waits)
09. “The Vicki Eydie Show” – 14:00
a) “Around The World”
(Victor Young, Harold Adamson)
b) “Istanbul”
(Jimmy Kennedy, Nat Simon)
c) “Fiesta In Rio”
(Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt)
d) “South Seas Scene” / “Hawaiian War Chant”
(Rik Carlok)/(Freed, Leleiohaku, Nobel)
e) “Lullaby Of Broadway”
(Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
10. “Intermission: You’re Moving Out Today” (Studio Recording) – 05:38
(Bette Midler, Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts)
Disc 2:
01. “Delta Dawn” – 06:22
(Alex Harvey, Larry Collins)
02. “Long John Blues” – 04:36
(Tommy George)
03. “Those Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes” (Monologue) – 02:41
04. “The Story of Nanette” – 14:02
a) “Nanette”
(Howard Dietz)
b) “Alabama Song”/”Drinking Again”
(Bertholt Brecht, Kurt Weill)/(Doris Tauber, Johnny Mercer)
c) “Mr. Rockefeller”
(Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt)
d) “Ready To Begin Again”/”Do You Wanna Dance”
(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)/(Bobby Freeman)
05. “Fried Eggs” (Monologue) – 02:37
06. “Hello In There” – 03:25
(John Prine)
07. “Finale” (Monologue) – 11:08
a) “Up The Ladder To The Roof”
(Vincent DiMirco, Frank Wilson)
b) “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
(Don Raye, Hughie Prince)
c) “Friends”
(Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart)
Recorded live at The Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1976, 1977

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