Bette Midler has enjoyed a long and successful career as an all-purpose entertainer, but in 1972, she was a singer first and foremost, and her debut album revealed she was one of the great talents of her generation. At once brassy and perceptive, The Divine Miss M finds her tackling the Andrews Sisters ("Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), the Shangri-Las ("Leader of the Pack"), and John Prine ("Hello In There") and finding something fine and unexpected in all of them.
Considered by many to be this band's pinnacle release, it would mark the end of its premier lineup. As a group effort it showcased all the ethereal brilliance Caravan created on their previous outings. Their blend of jazz and folk instrumentation and improvisational styles explored by Traffic and Family, yet they markedly with the aggressive sounds employed by other Canterbury groups. There seem to be pastoral qualities and motifs on display throughout. Highlights include "Winter Wine," "Nine Feet Underground," It's Likely to Have a Name Next Week" and "Group Girl."