Dusty Springfield

Dusty Sings Classic Soul

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This 18-song collection would appear to be a bit of a no-brainer, but it took until 2002 for it to show up, which only demonstrates how totally clueless the previous managements of Philips/Mercury or whatever the label was calling itself at the time were. Opening with Dusty Springfield's cover of the Supremes' "When the Love Light Starts Shining Thru His Eyes," the songs cross several decades of releases, though stick principally to the 1960s and early '70s, when Springfield was in top voice. The result might just as easily be called "the best of the best" of Dusty Springfield, with state-of-the-art sound as well, using the best masters as they existed circa 2003; and if the annotation is minimal, this is music that can easily speak for itself, and loudly -- her rendition of "Mr. Dream Merchant" is worth the price of admission by itself, for those who haven't heard it. Oh, and this is one European release that won't be showing up in the U.S. as a domestic release, owing to the split in ownership of Springfield's masters in the U.S. after 1969.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:05
2 2:34
3 2:43
4 3:01
5 2:47
6 3:20
7 3:00
8 2:35
10 2:43 Amazon
11 2:53
12 3:27
13 3:27
14 2:24
15 3:02
16 2:35
17 2:29
18 2:54
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