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Dusty in London
Dusty Springfield
Dusty in London
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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Despite the Dusty in Memphis-lookalike packaging, this is actually not a unified album, rather a new collection of old stuff, recorded between 1968 and 1971 but never released in America until now. Springfield had outgrown...  more »


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All Artists: Dusty Springfield
Title: Dusty in London
Members Wishing: 11
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 2/16/1999
Release Date: 2/16/1999
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Oldies, Soul, British Invasion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227558123, 081227682163

Despite the Dusty in Memphis-lookalike packaging, this is actually not a unified album, rather a new collection of old stuff, recorded between 1968 and 1971 but never released in America until now. Springfield had outgrown the innocence of her girl-group-style material, and she was trying to find a path between her heavily orchestrated British hits and the earthier sound--and more adventurous songwriting--she'd taken on with Memphis, and she stretches out in all directions here. There are more than a few syrupy overarrangements, but also some fabuloums experiments, including covers of Rascals and Leon Russell songs that let her sensitivity to lyrics shine, and a harrowing, uncertain take on "Piece of My Heart." --Douglas Wolk

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Put This Back In Print!
Caesar M. Warrington | Lansdowne, PA United States | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some of Dusty's best work is on this CD. Her rendition of "Piece of My Heart" just blows away Janis Joplin's original version.
This CD quickly came and went. Why?"
Brand new Dusty to American listeners is every bit as good
Caesar M. Warrington | 11/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't be put off by sceptics who tell you to give this wonderful collection a miss. This may not be the Dusty American listeners are used to and know and love, but for my money, it's every bit as good. In these latter day British recordings (1968-72) with the Philips label, you get to "see all her faces". Displaying her incredible versatility, you get to sample Dusty not only in lounge mode (ie, as a chanteuse) but as soul mistress and pop/rock stylist (British style). These tracks, extracted mainly from "Dusty Definitely (1968) and "See All Her Faces" (1972), stand tall as monuments of her recording history with the British label. Pity Rhino chose not to showcase them (including the UK recorded tracks from SAHF) in their entirety or in their original running order. We have to wait for the omissions - all excellent - to show up in future compilations promised by Rhino. For those already familiar with these UK albums, there is a special treat in the previously unreleased "Sweet Inspiration" which is pure bubblegum transformed into a tasteful slice of soul that's distinctively Dusty. Listening to this great collection only makes the need for Mercury UK to release these albums in their original formats all the more pressing. In my opinion, it's totally wrongheaded and arrogant for uninformed Stateside critics to dismiss Dusty's Philips recordings as supperclub styled or lightweight compared to her more serious soul offerings with the Atlantic label. Listeners will discover in these tracks the other side to Dusty that has made her the much loved singer she is with the British public. This brand new Dusty (to Americans) is someone you want to get to know. Trust me. Tune in and enjoy !"
Dusty..eclectic as always...
S. Sittig | Washington, D.C. | 10/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Those of us that are long time fans of Miss Dusty Springfield know that she would have been bored to tears if she had to sing the same old style of pop music every day. She loved variety. And this compilation showcases exactly how eclectic her tastes were. Unfortunately, if the mood feels rather erratic, it's really more the fault of the compilation itself and not Dusty's song choices or ability.Nevertheless, the testament to Dusty's superb interpretive ear, is that there really is not a bad track on this compilation. Some of the production values might be a bit askew and some of the material might be bordering on schmaltz, but Dusty's delivery is never in question.Stand-outs, for me at least, are "Mixed Up Girl", "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart" (which Dusty wisely skews more to the Erma Franklin original instead of the overblown albeit more popular Janis Joplin cover), "How Can I Be Sure?", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone" and "Love Power".And then there is the unique beauty of "Song For You", the gentle Bossa Nova style of "Come For A Dream", the sexually charged "Crumbs Off The Table" and the heavily jazz inflected "I Only Wanna Laugh".At times it's hard to believe the same singer is singing each song!Name me another singer that could navigate such varied musical waters without having to come up for air at least occasionally?There is only one name that fits: Dusty SpringfieldEnd of conversation. If you don't believe me, just listen..."