The Rose: the Original Soundtrack Recording Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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Entre le cinéma et la chanson (son premier album a été produit par le compositeur Barry Manilow), le coeur de Bette Midler a longtemps chaviré. En réalité jusqu'en 1979, lorsque le réalisateur Mark Rydell lui a confié le rôle principal de The Rose, où elle incarnait une pop star écorchée vive qui, après avoir consumé la vie par les deux bouts, mourait d'une overdose sur scène, devant ses fans. Si le personnage ressemblait étrangement à Janis Joplin - à la fois diva du blues blanc et égérie de la contre-culture californienne -, Midler, tout en s'en inspirant, eut cette intelligence, et ce talent, de ne pas la caricaturer et d'obéir à sa propre sensibilité. La B.O. du film, de fait, est une vraie réussite. Mieux, avec la chanson-titre, "When A Man Loves A Woman" ou "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", Bette Midler réussit à convaincre, et à émouvoir, tant son interprétation sonne d'une grande sincérité. --Philippe Margotin
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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.Read more ›
The album's succeeds in no small part due to the able musicians backing Midler. They are more than some ad-hoc Big Brother and the Holding Company; they have the bite and energy of a real band. I'd have liked to see them showcased even more on the record. (They do get a brief instrumental number to themselves.)
And then there's the Big Hit Ballad, which seems to come from another musical universe entirely. It doesn't fit the album at all; it's as if tracks 1-11 are song by The Rose (the character from the movie) and track 12 is sung by Bette Midler (the AC superstar). But at least the version included here is the piano-only track, which I much prefer to the orchestra-backed single version.
Not Janis, but not a knock-off either, this is music to be enjoyed in its own right. You can argue that this isn't "real" rock/blues - it's an actor giving a performance. Maybe so, but at least it's a *good* performance, of good songs.
My favorites are the bawdy "Love Me With a Feeling", rocking "Who Side Are You On", "Midnight in Memphis" and of course the sad yet hopeful title song "The Rose"; but it's the raw, passionate performance on "Stay With Me" that makes this a must-have.
An antidote to all the cold, calculated, studio-manufactured garbage out there today, "The Rose" soundtrack is a perfect example of musicians throwing their heart and soul into their MUSIC, not just a product.
The CD claims to have been remastered from the original master tapes, but needs an ungrade from some enterprising company like Vivid Sounds to make it sound much better.
FIVE STARS for the songs themselves.
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As I remember the Movie was supposed to be the replay of Janis Joplin's life. How she climbed out of poverty to make it in the music business in a big way etc. etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by spigomars
From 1979 til today this has been a staple for me. Bette was so raw, stepping into Janis (so to speak) to perform this movie/soundtrack. Read morePublished on May 19 2010 by BeStrong
One of my top ten of all time, this disk rocks, rolls and remembers. Midler sings with heart and soul. Read morePublished on June 7 2000 by J Greenwell
Bette gave her best performance as the Janice Joplin character, demonstrating how well she absorbed the sorrow and the need to touch, be touched and loved by as many people as... Read morePublished on April 4 2000 by Shirley Woodall
I watched the movie in the early eighties also had the LP too I've enjoyed listening to it over and over when I get the chance I'm getting the movie (The Rose)Published on Oct. 12 1999 by Jean M. Jacobson
I watched the movie in the early eighties aslo had the LP too I've enjoyed listening to it over and over when I get the chance I'm getting the movie (The Rose)Published on Oct. 12 1999 by Jean M. Jacobson
It is like the rose, because it talks about the hardships of love and the beauty of it as well. But this CD is a cd for anyone who has ever wanted to love and to anyone who loves... Read morePublished on June 23 1999