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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler Shines in Her First Grand Film Soundtrack
Midler uses her considerable singing talent to get a Best Actress Oscar nomination and wins two Golden Globes with this project. This soundtrack is perfect for the movie ("The Rose"). Miss M's "Whose Side Are You On", "Midnight in Memphis" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" are pearls. "Stay With Me" shows Midler's incredible power as a performer and "The Rose" is pure...
Published on 3 July 2011 by Marcos Valenca

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Rose
was purchased as an aid to hearing how The Rose should sound speed etc ....The song was a set piece for a small sining competion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler Shines in Her First Grand Film Soundtrack, 3 July 2011
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Marcos Valenca "Taylor Fan" (Recife - PE - Brazil) - See all my reviews
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Midler uses her considerable singing talent to get a Best Actress Oscar nomination and wins two Golden Globes with this project. This soundtrack is perfect for the movie ("The Rose"). Miss M's "Whose Side Are You On", "Midnight in Memphis" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" are pearls. "Stay With Me" shows Midler's incredible power as a performer and "The Rose" is pure beauty. Do yourself a favor and get to know The Divine Miss M.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler sings herself to an Oscar nomination, 18 Oct 2003
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The soundtrack for this 1979 film is the most paradoxical album of Bette Midler's career. "The Rose," the album, is arguably the best of Midler's live albums, but the songs are all new and more in the mode of rock 'n' roll ala Janis Joplin than the 1940s boogie woogie and other song types that brought Midler to prominence. As if to underscore the point, "The Rose," the song, plays to Midler's strengths as a vocalist while running counter to all the other songs on the album. It is a beautiful song and there really is a sense in which it is the only true Bette Midler song on the album, because the rest are being sung by Mary Rose Foster, a.k.a. "The Rose," the singer. But overall, the soundtrack is basically the best parts of the film.
With "Midnight in Memphis" Midler proves she could be a pretty great blues signer and "Stay With Me" takes on almost epic proportions as the Rose self-destructs on stage before her hometown audience. The flaw of this album, if you want to call it that, is that these songs are performed in character. You have to pity the person who pickes up this soundtrack without having seen the film and does not understand why Midler's voice goes through some serious deterioration in the final set of tracks. Compare "Stay With Me" with her cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman" and you have a sense of what might have been (or the version on "Divine Madness"). Still, there is something to be said for staying faithful to the film in this regard, which is why it is a pity the concert monologue has been sanitized. Of course, if you have seen the movie then you have to wonder why the tour de force version of Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below," which the Rose does with a bevy of female impersonators, was ommitted from the soundtrack because there is no way it would be considered the least worthy song from the film.
This album was produced by Paul Rothchild, who also did "Pearl," Joplin's final studio album, which certainly explains how Midler manages to capture the Joplin sound during the concerts recorded in the summer of 1978. You have to wonder what sort of demons Rothchild exorcised in putting this album together. The album made it to #12 on the Billboard charts while the the cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman" made it to #35 and then the title song made it to #3 as a single after Midler got her Oscar nomination (how it avoided hitting the top I do not know). In retrospect it seems there was no place for Midler to go but down after her smash film debut, but while she has never had a cinematic success to rival "The Rose," this is the film that put her on the A list of performers, a spot that she still inhabits. Final Note: I always liked "Camellia," the instrumental piece that Steve Hunter wrote as the Rose's introduction music. Like most of the songs on this album, it is one when the images of the film and the music are entwined in my mind.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leading lady raunch at its best, 18 Aug 2002
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Bette Midler debut in the movie world shows her as a brilliant musical diva in this score of the movie following the rise and fall of a simple woman in the music industry. Shows her gutsy and versatile musical capabilities to their utmost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette at her best, 20 Jun 2014
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I Loved this soundtrack album the first time I heard it many years ago I have it on vynal but no stereo now so it was great to hear it again.From the film of the same name based on Janis Joplin story Bette Midler is great in the film and superb on the sound track
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rose, 17 May 2014
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Bette Midler at her best
Listening to this awesome soundtrack of The Rose bought out many emotions . . Just as the film did . . A must buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rose, Bette Midler, 23 Feb 2014
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I chose the song for a funeral of someone very special to me.

Bette Midler is a favorite of mine, I knew what to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Rosy, 2 April 2013
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I have wanted the original version of The Rose for a long time,as it is so much nicer than the more recent recording,so it is thanks again to Amazon for making this available. Thanks also to the supplier for good and speedy service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bette midler cd ., 2 Feb 2013
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just love bette i have the dvd and have wanted this for ages would recommend this as its the sound track from the film .
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5.0 out of 5 stars you either love her or hate her, 9 Aug 2014
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What can I say, It's Bette Midler, you either love her or hate her, I love her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Aug 2014
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Very enjoyable
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