Dusty Springfield recorded so much good material that it's hard to summarize her very best recordings in the space of a 12-track collection. Nevertheless, 20th Century Masters does a good job of squeezing several of her biggest songs -- "I Only Want to Be With You," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "The Look of Love" -- onto this collection. There are notable omissions, such as "Son of a Preacher Man" or anything from Dusty in Memphis, but that does not belong to the Universal Recording group that released this album -- consequently, this only concentrates on Phillips-era recordings, and it's a pretty good snapshot of that time which, after all, gave Dusty her very biggest hits.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine