Dusty Springfield

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A 48-song, double-CD set of rarities and album tracks, including eight previously unreleased cuts and plenty of songs that had rarely or never been on album before. Sure, this is primarily for Springfield fans, and not the first (or second) anthology recommended to casual listeners. But quite a bit of this is on par, or nearly on par, with her best work. What's more, the bulk of it dates from her '60s prime, although there are about a dozen mediocre numbers from the late '70s/early '80s on which her voice still cuts it, but the material and production don't. Big Dusty Springfield fans will already have some or all of the songs taken from albums, but about half of this is very hard or impossible to find elsewhere, and much of it is very good. Highlights include the title track (one of her best girl group-style numbers); a 1965 Italian-language single in the "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" ballad style; soulful mid-'60s B-sides like "I'm Gonna Leave You" and "I'll Love You for a While"; and the strange 1968 outtake "Don't Speak of Love," based on a classical piece by Wagner.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:26 Spotify
2 02:03 Spotify
3
03:03 Spotify
4 02:14 Spotify
5 02:35 Spotify
6
02:46 Spotify
7
02:58 Spotify
8 03:24 Spotify
9 03:36 Spotify
10 02:04 Spotify
11 02:53 Spotify
12 02:50
13 02:49 Spotify
14
02:41 Spotify
15 02:41 Spotify
16 03:29 Spotify
17 03:35 Spotify
18 02:26 Spotify
19 02:32 Spotify
20 03:54 Spotify
21 03:51 Spotify
22
05:42 Spotify
23 03:05 Spotify
24 03:24 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:42 Spotify
2 04:14 Spotify
3 02:51 Spotify
4 03:30 Spotify
5 04:01 Spotify
6 03:13 Spotify
7 03:31 Spotify
8 03:05 Spotify
9 03:24 Spotify
10
02:20 Spotify
11
03:03 Spotify
12 02:23 Spotify
13 03:51 Spotify
14 02:27 Spotify
15 03:02 Spotify
16 03:49 Spotify
17 04:35 Spotify
18 03:09 Spotify
19 02:55 Spotify
20 02:39 Spotify
21 03:39 Spotify
22 03:15 Spotify
23 04:13 Spotify
24 03:33 Spotify
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