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Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Out of print in the U.S.! Import reissue of Dusty's 1968 album including four bonus tracks, 'No Stranger Am I' (Remix), 'Meditation' (Remix), 'The Colour Of Your Eyes' (Remix) and 'Spooky'. Recorded just prior to her now-c... more »
Out of print in the U.S.! Import reissue of Dusty's 1968 album including four bonus tracks, 'No Stranger Am I' (Remix), 'Meditation' (Remix), 'The Colour Of Your Eyes' (Remix) and 'Spooky'. Recorded just prior to her now-classic Dusty In Memphis, this album features a strong mix of Rock, Soul and Easy Listening tracks including a cover of French singer/songwriter Charles Aznavour's 'Who (Will Take My Place)', Randy Newman's 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today' and her version of 'Piece Of My Heart', later a hit for Janis Joplin. Universal.
DUSTY THE STYLE QUEEN WITHOUT EQUAL
Steve Sleeve | Waikanae New Zealand | 06/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dusty Definitely was released in Britain about a year after the sublime Dusty in Memphis. It reached the lower reaches of the British charts and was not released at that time in the United States. The two albums are as stylistically removed from one another as if they were by two very different singers which is more evidence that Dusty is quite simply the best female singer to have come out of the British Isles. Dusty Definitely has been obscured by the deserved high praise lavished upon Dusty in Memphis, but Dusty Definitely is an astonishingly varied and accomplished set of songs in its own right: From the rousing Tamla-Motownish opener "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", the clatteringly ear-splitting beat of "Love Power", the husky-toned "This Girl's In Love With You", the spine-tingling sadness of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today" to the album's warm closer, the sultry "Second Time Around", Dusty Defintely is a maddeningly beautiful set. The CD includes four bonus tracks which perfectly fit the closing reflective mood of the album.
We know that this album - like all good Dusty Springfield albums - was made under very, very trying conditions - with more than some of those trying conditions attributable to Dusty's never-satisfied, exhausting perfectionism. Whatever the pain surrounding the making of Dusty Definitely, the end result more than justifies it."
A bag of delights that stands alongside Dusty in Mephis
Peter Gibbins | Sheffield, UK | 12/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like the other reviewers I believe this is a stone cold five star album. But other people's choices of stand out tracks are quite fascinating, and very different to mine. For me 'the colour of your eyes','no stranger am I' and 'i think it's gonna rain today' are the real killers and worth the price of admission alone. These are three of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard and among Dusty's all-time best. 'No stranger am I' in particular makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Celestial, breathless banks of strings float like silver clouds in a moonlit sky. Her voice weaves breathlessly through, haunted and pure. An oboe takes up the melody, plaintive, simple in an atmosphere charged like the calm before a summer storm.
The soul and ballad standards like 'take another little piece of my heart' and this girl's in love with you are sung with feeling and energy - of course. But Dusty is only at half throttle emotionally on these numbers. 'I only wanna laugh' and 'Spooky' are pleasant listening, but compared to what she can achieve they are slight and kitsch.
The album's treasures also include the unexpected pleasures of 'aint no sun sice you've been gone' and 'love power'. Both crazily upbeat. The first in particular has such a powerful, soulful vocal performance that it lifts me out of my seat. 'There's a big black cloud hanging over my head ...' she half croons, half belts out, hopping along the downbeat in a voice mixing honey and raw power ' ... cloud of loneliness, I feel like I'm dead'.
This ranks alongside 'Dusty in Memphis' for me. In fact of all of her albums (and I have them all), this is the one I listen to most often. Partly, I think, because it has more variety than the Memphis album, sublime though that is. Buy it or borrow it or steal it - but hear it!
Definately a Winner
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 11/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Dusty's 1968 album DUSTY...DEFINATELY which is out of print, but it comes with some bonus tracks and in a remastered form. The bonus tracks include "Spooky", "The Colour of Your Eyes (Remix)", "Meditation (Remix)", and "No Stranger I Am (Remix)". The material on the album is what Dusty was singing at the time in her career, just soulful beautiful songs that touched the heart. The highlight of the album for me is her heartfelt rendition of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", I think she holds the most powerful version of this classic, Bette Midler following shortly with her version. There is another Bacharach/David composition in "Another Night", another highlight from the album. She also does her own rendition of "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart", a fine version indeed. Other highlights here include "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", "This Girl's In Love With You", "Love Powere", "I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You" and "Second Time Around". Overall this is worth it for the fans of Dusty, whether a huge fan of a casual one, there is something here for everyone to like."