1977 Bette Midler – Broken Blossom

Broken Blossom is the fourth studio album by American singer Bette Midler, her second album release in 1977 and her fifth on the Atlantic Records label. Just as Midler’s three previous studio albums Broken Blossom includes songs from a wide variety of genres, ranging from Edith Piaf’s signature tune “La vie en rose”, Phil Spector-esque covers of Billy Joel’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” and Harry Nilsson’s “Paradise” and hard rock like Sammy Hagar’s “Red”, to a jazzy duet with Tom Waits, “I Never Talk to Strangers”, and a rendition of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, originally from Walt Disney’s 1950 film version of Cinderella. The album reached #51 on Billboard’s album chart.

The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1995 but with no bonus tracks.

Tracks

1  Make Yourself Comfortable (Bob Merill) 3:59
2  You Don’t Know Me (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) 3:38
3  Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Billy Joel) 3:00
4  I Never Talk To Strangers (Tom Waits) 3:37
5  Storybook Children (David Pomeranz, Spencer Proffer) 3:22
6  Red (John Carter, Sammy Hagar) 3:18
7  Empty Bed Blues (JC Johnson) 3:18
8  A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Mack David) 3:08
9  Paradise (Perry Botkin Jr, Gil Garfield, Harry Nilsson) 4:13
10  Yellow Beach Umbrella (Craig Doerge, Judy Henske) 4:24
11  La Vie En Rose (Mack David, Louiguy, Edith Piaf) 3:00

Media

Musicians

1 Make Yourself Comfortable

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
SaxJim Horn
PercussionAlan Estes
Background VocalsDonny Gerrard
Background VocalsRussell, Brian
Background VocalsChuck Higgins


2 You Don’t Know Me

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsDiane Brooks


3 Say Goodbye To Hollywood

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoArtie Butler
PercussionJack Jennings
Background VocalsDiane Brooks
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsBrenda Russell
Background VocalsRussell, Brian
Background VocalsDavid Latman


4 I Never Talk To Strangers

BassJim Hughart
DrumsShelly Manne
PianoTom Waits
SaxFrank Vicari
VocalsTom Waits


5 Storybook Children

BassJim Hughart
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarThom Rotella
KeyboardsArtie Butler
PercussionAlan Estes
Background VocalsDiane Brooks
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsBrenda Russell


6 Red

BassJerry Scheff
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarIra Newborn
GuitarFred Tackett
KeyboardsDon Randi
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro


7 Empty Bed Blues

BassJerry Scheff
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarDavid T. Walker
OrganDon Randi
PianoJohn Barnes
SaxSteve Douglas
SaxPlas Johnson
SaxDon Menza
TromboneLew McCreary
TromboneBill Watrous


9 Paradise

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarLee Ritenour
GuitarThom Rotella
PianoArtie Butler
PercussionAlan Estes
Background VocalsEllie Greenwich
Background VocalsMichael Harris


10 Yellow Beach Umbrella

BassMax Bennet
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarHoward Roberts
UkeleleHoward Roberts
KeyboardsCraige Doerge
PercussionAlan Estes


11 La Vie En Rose

BassJim Hughart
PianoMike Melvoine

Liner Notes

Producer – Brooks Arthur
Arranged By – Ira Newborn (Tracks 1, 11)
Arranged By – Artie Butler (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 10)
Arranged By – Mike Melvoin (Track 5)
Arranged By – Jimmie Haskell (Track 7)
Arranged By – Bobby Rozario (Track 8)
Arranged By – Bob Alcivar (Track 9)
Engineer – Bob Merritt, Brooks Arthur
Engineer (Assistant) – David Latman

Cover, Design – Bob Defrin
Photography By – George Hurrell

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles