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The Rose: the Original Soundtrack Recording [Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Bette Middler , Paul A. Rothchild Audio CD
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4. When A Man Loves A Woman
5. Sold My Soul To Rock 'N' Roll
6. Keep On Rockin'
7. Love Me With A Feeling
8. Camellia
9. Homecoming Monologue
10. Stay With Me
11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
12. The Rose

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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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Bette Midler ~ The Rose

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler sings herself to an Oscar nomination Oct. 17 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable June 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Midler fans beware - the title track aside, this not the middle-of-the-road, adult-contemporary pop that the woman has made her trademark over most of her career. It's Memphis-tinged rock-and-blues sung in the persona of the fictional film character. Midler's voice isn't perfectly suited to the material - no one will ever mistake her for Janis Joplin - but she certainly gives it a game go and her performances are ultimately credible and winning. Classic R&B numbers like "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Stay With Me" not only sidestep the potential for sacrilege and disaster; they manage to be fresh, potent declarations of pain. "Love Me With A Feeling" has a nice bluesy shuffle; other numbers are more straight-forward rock, filtered through Muscle Shoals.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Midler CAN do rock and roll! Oct. 13 2001
By dustler
Format:Audio CD
Bette Midler shows us she can do blood and guts rock and roll on this #12, double platinum smash album! Midler's voice is in the same league as Joplin on this superior rock and roll album. If you love TRUE rock and roll, buy this album. Midler pulls it off perfectly! Trust me when I say. Midler's version of When A Man Loves A Woman is excellent as rock and roll and somehow sounds completely different from a woman's point of view. Stay With Me, a Midler classic, is astonishing. You can feel the pain of the song as Midler takes you for a ride. Sold My Soul to Rock and Roll and Keep On Rockin' will have you screaming along with Midler! You won't be able to help yourself! The album also contains Midler's smash hit The Rose. BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!!!! If you loved this Bette album, you'll love these other Bette albums: Divine Madness soundtrack, No Frills. Support Bette Midler! Buy the album here! Don't buy from an auction or download the songs for free!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take my hand and let me touch you. April 4 2000
Format:Audio CD
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 possible. She gave us a glimpse of her soul with each song as if the woman on the screen knew she would die young and she wanted to leave everything musically in her for all those people who would come later and realize the greatness of her music and the torment in her heart. When she sang The Rose as the credits rolled, and her character had died, she sang it with such a sense of peace, as though at long last she had discovered the love and acceptance that was too often denied while still with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You've Got To Love Me With a Feeling...Or You Don't Love Me At All"
For those of us who couldn't get enough of the musical numbers in "The Rose", the soundtrack CD offers us the full versions complete with Bette's often-hilarious asides to the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Bette Midler as The Rose!!
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 more
Published on May 19 2010 by BeStrong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rose - movie soundtrack
One of my top ten of all time, this disk rocks, rolls and remembers. Midler sings with heart and soul. Read more
Published on June 7 2000 by J Greenwell
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it for a long time
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it for a long time
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs and beautiful voice
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 more
Published on June 23 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin', Smokin' & Hootin'
This is one of my more favorite Bette Midler collections. She was so fabulous in the film and the music reminds me of my youth. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 1998
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