Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American singer Bette Midler, featuring many of her best-known songs. The fourteen track compilation was released on Atlantic Records in 1993.
While several greatest hits albums with Midler had been released in the UK, Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan throughout the 70s and 80s, such as The Best of Bette (1978) and The Best of Bette (1981) - two different compilations with the same title - and Just Hits (1987), this was the first career overview to be released worldwide including the US and Canada, some twenty years after Midler recorded her first studio album for the Atlantic Records label. The album included one new recording, Midler's Emmy Award winning rendition of "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", sung to retiring talk show host Johnny Carson on the penultimate Tonight Show in May 1992. Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits peaked at #50 on Billboard's album chart in 1993 and was three years later certified platinum for one million copies sold in the US.
Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits was re-released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 1996 with a slightly altered track list, then also including two of Midler's biggest hits which for some reason had been left off the 1993 edition; "My Favorite Waste of Time" and the Rolling Stones cover "Beast of Burden", both from the 1983 album No Frills. The 1996 edition also included two versions of the US hit single "To Deserve You", taken from what became Midler's final studio album for Atlantic, 1995's Bette of Roses.
"Do You Want to Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) - 2:44"From A Distance" (Julie Gold) - 4:37 "Chapel Of Love" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 2:53 "Only In Miami" (Max Gronenthal) - 3:57"When A Man Loves A Woman" (Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright) - 4:42"The Rose" (Single version) (Amanda McBroom) - 3:40 "Miss Otis Regrets" (Cole Porter) - 2:39 "Shiver Me Timbers" (Live version) (Tom Waits) - 4:42"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Larry Henley, Jeff Silbar) - 4:52 "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Don Raye, Hughie Prince) - 2:19 "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (Live) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, additional lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Bette Midler) - 4:06
- "Hello In There" (John Prine) - 4:17
"Friends" (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:55 "In My Life" (Single version) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:12
- Previously unreleased. Recorded and aired on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21 1992.
"Beast of Burden" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:48"Favorite Waste of Time" (Marshall Crenshaw) - 2:40 "Hello In There" (Prine) - 4:17
"Do You Want To Dance?" (Freeman) - 2:44
"From A Distance" (Gold) - 4:38
"Chapel Of Love" (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) - 2:53
"Only In Miami" (Gronenthal) - 3:57
"When A Man Loves A Woman" (Lewis, Wright) - 4:54
"The Rose" (McBroom) - 3:34
"Miss Otis Regrets" (Porter) - 2:39
"Shiver Me Timbers" (Waits) - 4:42
"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Henley, Silbar) - 4:53
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Prince, Raye) - 2:19
"One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)" (Arlen, Mercer) - 4:06
"Friends" (Klingman, Linhart) - 2:55
"In My Life" (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:12
"To Deserve You" (Album Version) (McKee) - 5:13
- "To Deserve You" (Single Remix) (Maria McKee) - 4:11
Production (1993 edition)
- Bette Midler - compilation producer
- Arif Mardin - compilation producer
- Scott Wittman - creative consultant
- Doug Sax - digital remastering at The Mastering Lab
- Greg Gorman - cover photo
- Rod Dyer Group / Qris Yamashita - art direction