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A Gift of Love

A Gift of Love

by Bette MidlerBette Midler


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2008's Rhino-issued Jackpot: The Best Bette was the Grammy-winning vocalist and Emmy-winning actress' first career-spanning compilation since 1993, and it served as an excellent window into her often eclectic career, touching on nearly all of her stylistic forays. 2015's Gift of Love is a more myopic take on the greatest-hits package, offering up an amorous 18-track set devoted entirely to Midler's love for balladry. As the humble love song has served as the legendary diva's bread and butter since the '70s, it should hardly come as a surprise that Gift of Love is well stocked with hits. Any proper Midler collection would be incomplete without the holy trinity of last-call karaoke balladry that is "The Rose," "Wind Beneath My Wings," and "From a Distance," and Gift of Love doesn't disappoint, delivering those modern standards early on in the proceedings. It also serves up some less ubiquitous gems, like her spirited 1983 cover of Marshall Crenshaw's "My Favorite Waste of Time" and her sultry, jazzy rendering of the Marvelettes' Smoky Robinson-penned "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game." For the most part, Gift of Love sticks with the benchmarks, with the aforementioned triple threat, "Every Road Leads Back to You" (from For the Boys), and 1995's "It's Too Late" and "As Dreams Go By," the latter two of which appeared on the platinum-selling Bette of Roses leading the charge. Fans looking for a more diversified retrospective should probably check out Jackpot (also a Rhino release), but as the perfect soundtrack for a campy romantic evening or a boozy post-breakup meltdown, one would be hard-pressed to find anything better.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227947736
catalogNumber: 553201
Rank: 5426


  1. Favorite Waste of Time
  2. In This Life
  3. The Gift of Love
  4. Bed of Roses
  5. From a Distance
  6. Wind Beneath My Wings
  7. Come Rain or Come Shine
  8. The Rose
  9. As Dreams Go By
  10. It's Too Late
  11. All I Need to Know
  12. Every Road Leads Back to You
  13. Shining Star
  14. To Deserve You
  15. Night and Day
  16. (Talk to Me Of) Mendocino
  17. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
  18. Let Me Just Follow Behind

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Amanda McBroom   Composer
Marshall Crenshaw   Composer
Susanna Hoffs   Composer
Maria McKee   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Bonnie Hayes   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Tonio K.   Composer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
Julie Gold   Composer
Andy Hill   Composer
Tom Kelly   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Robbie Kondor   Arranger
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Joe Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Mike Reid   Composer
Paul Richmond   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Arranger,Producer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Jeff Silbar   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Composer
Steve Skinner   Arranger
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Billie Hughes   Arranger,Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
Roxanne Seeman   Composer
Buzz Feiten   Arranger
Scott M. Riesett   Producer
Leo Graham   Composer
Moogy Klingman   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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