- Beaches (soundtrack)
Infobox Album |
Name = Beaches (soundtrack)|Beaches
November 22, 1988
Genre = Vocal
Length = 33:54
AllmusicRating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0nfwxqe5ldte link]
Last album = "
This album = "Beaches"
Next album = "
Some People's Lives"
Beaches is the soundtrack to the
Academy Awardnominated feature filmof the same name starring Bette Midler, who performs most of the tracks on the album, released on the Atlantic Recordslabel in 1988 The album features what is undoubtedly Midler's best known song, the ballad " Wind Beneath My Wings" which was a #1 hit.
The track that was chosen to promote both the movie and the album was in hindsight rather surprisingly not "Wind Beneath My Wings", but the song heard in the movies' opening scene filmed at the
Hollywood Bowland also the opening track on the album; Midler's cover of The Drifters' 60s classic " Under The Boardwalk", alluding to the title of the movie and also the place where the movie's main characters rich girl Hillary Whitney ( Barbara Hershey) and child performer Cecilia Carol "CC" Bloom (Bette Midler) first meet. The single, released to tie in with the premiere in December 1988, however peaked outside Billboard's Hot 100 chart and passed unnoticed.
"Wind Beneath My Wings", a song which in fact previously had been recorded by several other artists before Midler in the early 1980s, among them
Sheena Easton, Roger Whittaker, Gary Morris, Gladys Knight & the Pipsand Lou Rawls, was released as the second single in the Spring of 1989, following the box office success of the movie, and then became a #1 hit on the US singles chart, #2 on the adult contemporarychart, a #3 hit in the UK, #1 in Australia and indeed a Top 10 hit single in most parts of the world. Midler's recording of the song was later awarded a platinum disc by the RIAAfor sales exceeding one million copies in the US alone. United States [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH RIAA] . " Recording Industry Association of America". Retrieved on February 28, 2008.] It was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1990and today counts as Midler's signature tune. The recording of the song appearing in the actual film is notably different to the one eventually released on the soundtrack and the movie also includes an orchestral version over the end credits.
The remainder of the soundtrack musically follows C.C. Bloom's rise to fame as an artist, from doing
Cole Porterstandards like "I've Still Got My Health" to moderately appreciative audiences in dive bars, appearing in burlesqueshows singing about the supposed German inventor of the brassiere ("Otto Titsling", a song Midler herself had co-written and which had already appeared on her 1985 album " Mud Will Be Flung Tonight"), joining an experimental theater group ("Oh Industry!"), to becoming a successful pop star ("I Know You By Heart", a duet with David Pack, only briefly heard in the movie) with the right to record material of her own choosing ( Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today").
A recurring theme in the movie is Billy Hill's old swing standard "The Glory of Love", first made famous by
Benny Goodmanin the mid 1930s. In "Beaches" the song is first reluctantly sung as an upbeat showtune by a very young C.C. Bloom at an audition in the company of her overbearing stage mother. In the final scene the song is performed as a ballad by the character as an adult, and then in the context of the movie taking on an entirely different meaning.
The track "Baby Mine", originally from
Walt Disney's 1941 movie " Dumbo", was released in two versions with slightly different arrangements; one on the original vinyl album and another on the CD edition.
The "Beaches" soundtrack is the bestselling album of Midler's career to date, peaking at #2 on Billboard's album chart, #21 in the UK and eventually achieving triple platinum status in the US for having sold more than three million copies. United States [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH RIAA] . "
Recording Industry Association of America". Retrieved on February 28, 2008.]
Under the Boardwalk" (Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young) - 4:18
#* Includes uncredited instrumental intro.
Wind Beneath My Wings" (Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar) - 4:52
#"I've Still Got My Health" (
Cole Porter) - 1:32
#"I Think it's Going to Rain Today" (
Randy Newman) - 3:31
#"Otto Titsling" (
Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt, Charlene Seeger, Marc Shaiman) - 3:13
#"I Know You By Heart" (
Dean Pitchford, George Merrill, Marc Shaiman) - 4:40
#* Duet with
#"The Glory of Love" (Billy Hill) - 3:16
#"Baby Mine" (Neil Washington, Frank Churchill) - 2:27
#* Note: CD includes alternate version.
#"Oh, Industry!" (Bette Midler, Wendy Waldman) - 4:06
#"The Friendship Theme" (Georges DeLerue) - 1:59
Bette Midler- lead vocals, backing vocals
* Angela Cappelli -
* Rachele Cappelli - vocals
* Ula Hedwig - vocals
* Angie Jaree - vocals
* Gail Farrell - vocals
David Lasley- vocals
* Marcy Levy - vocals
* Arnold McCuller - vocals
* Melissa MacKay - vocals
David Pack- vocals
* Gene Merlino - vocals
* Joe Pazulo - vocals
* Robert Tibow - vocals
Jimmy Rowles- piano
Robbie Buchanan- musician
Dann Huff- musician
Paul Jackson, Jr.- musician
Randy Kerber- musician
Robbie Kondor- musician
Joe Mardin- musician
Marc Shaiman- musician
Dean Parks- musician
Neil Stubenhaus- musician
Vinnie Colaiuta- musician
* Paul Lien - musician
* Michael Thompson - musician
* Steve McNicholas - musician
* Eric VanEssen - musician
* Carlos Vega - musician
* Gary Coleman - musician
* Luke Cresswell - musician
* Claude Gaudette - musician
* Abraham Laboriel - musician
* Endre Granat -
Arif Mardin- record producer, musical arranger
* Bonnie Bruckheimer - producer
Marc Shaiman- arranger, music supervisor
Robbie Kondor- arranger
Jack Joseph Puig- sound engineer, remixing
* Richard McKernan - engineer
* Michael O'Reilly - engineer
* Bill Schnee - engineer
* Ian Eales - engineer
* Bruce Wildstein - engineer
* Frank Wolf - engineer
* Joey Wolpert - engineer
* Wade Jaynes - assistant engineer
* Rob Harvey - assistant engineer
* Ken Felton - assistant engineer
* Ellen Fitton - assistant engineer
* Barton Stevens - assistant engineer
* Ted Blaisdell - assistant engineer
* Joe Schiff - assistant engineer
* Mike Ross - assistant engineer
* Frank DiCaro - contractor
* Recorded at Schnee Studios L.A., Studio 55 L.A., Oceanway Recording L.A., Conway Recording L.A., Atlantic Studios N.Y..
before = "Big Daddy" by
John Cougar Mellencamp
title = Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 19- July 9 1989 July 17- July 23 1989
after = "The Raw and the Cooked"
Fine Young Cannibals
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