Dusty Springfield

The Ultimate Collection: Dusty Springfield

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This three-CD set issued by Universal in the Netherlands is actually a two-CD best-of with a shorter third disc featuring "bonus tracks." Disc One begins with the Springfields' hit "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" from the album of the same name, and is the only cut from that group included. Ultimate Collection goes right through the early years with tracks from Stay Awhile -- I Only Want to Be With You (from 1963), "Wishin' and Hopin" and "24 Hours From Tulsa," from Girl Called Dusty issued in 1964, and into "Stay Awhile" from an album of the same name released in 1964. And so it goes, touching on every album Springfield released through 1971 over the first two discs, meaning that virtually all of the hits are here. Disc Three picks up in 1987 with her collaborations with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys, and gives us four from Reputation, the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This" with P.S. Boys from the Goin' Back retrospective, and a pair of tracks from 1995's Very Fine Love. That the '70s and most of the '80s are ignored, particularly when there was plenty of room on the third disc to represent them, is inexcusable. The Rhino collection, Anthology, is still the one to beat.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:14
2 2:36
3 1:57
4 2:55
5 3:01
6 3:04
7 2:50
8 2:49
9 3:22
10 3:35
11 2:13
12 2:28
13 2:56
14 3:51
15 2:28
16 4:01
17 3:31
18 3:42
19 4:13
20 4:18
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