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The Dusty Springfield Anthology
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Dusty Springfield is a pop singer in the sense that she's sung anything she wanted to, or that the market could grasp, over a 35-year-plus career. Unlike the often unconvincing genre hopping of a Cher, however, Springfield... more »
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Dusty Springfield is a pop singer in the sense that she's sung anything she wanted to, or that the market could grasp, over a 35-year-plus career. Unlike the often unconvincing genre hopping of a Cher, however, Springfield's shifts in style have always been of a piece: the apocalyptic balladry of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," the wistful Goffin-King "Goin' Back," the sultry soul of "Son of a Preacher Man," or the drama of her duet with the Pet Shop Boys, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"--these are all Springfield's songs. This three-CD box set surveys all her changes, with promises of more to come that were sadly never fulfilled. --Rickey Wright
For those who want everything
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love Dusty and own an original copy of the "Dusty In Memphis" LP. The reason I give this anthology only 4 stars instead of 5 is because, to be blunt about it, not all of the material she recorded was prime (especially after about 1970), so I find myself wading through a bit too much filler in order to hear the gems. For me, having the entire "Dusty In Memphis" is more important than having much of the stuff on this anthology. So, if you want the really essential Dusty, my advice is to buy "The Very Best of Dusty Sringfield" (the 20-song hit collection) and "Dusty In Memphis".Having said that, I would note that this is a wonderful collection for those who want everything, and there are some particularly nice cover songs on it ("Other Side of Life", "Tupelo Honey"). By any measure, one of the greats."
A great collection
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boy, Dusty Springfield's career was a hard one to figure out! She sang so great, had as wide a fan base as anyone could want and got so much critical acclaim from every corner---and still she never really sold many records after her mid-Sixties heyday. Reissues of her albums are just now starting to be released on CD, but some, like the great IT BEGINS AGAIN, are harder to find than Atlantis. So if you really want a lot of Dusty, this anthology can't be beat. It's got her "hits" ("I Only Want To Be With You," "Son Of A Preacher Man," "The Look Of Love"), it's got a lot of "shoulda-bin-hits" ("What Good Is I Love You?," "I'd Rather Leave When I'm In Love"), it's got a lot of surprises (a steamin' version of Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," a really strange one called "Soft Core") and, yeah, it's got a few clinkers (not many!). You can argue about what ISN'T there, but overall this is a generous helping of tunes from one of the best singers of all time, maybe even THE best."
THE ESSENTIAL DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
laurence marshall | FRESNO, CA USA | 07/02/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Dusty Springfield fan from England, and I have followed her career from way back in 1958 when she was with the Lana Sisters -- even before the Springfields. Many people do not realize that in Europe and England, Dusty is regarded with the same reverence that people in the US regard Aretha Franklin. This anthology does not do justice to Dusty Springfield's career at all! Dopey numbers like "Do Re Mi" and weirder numbers from later on in her career are included, while standards such as "My Colouring Book" "Summer Is Over" her cover of Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get A Witness" and great titles from the "Cameo" "Everything's Coming Up Dusty" "A Girl Called Dusty" and "It Begins Again" are overlooked. Many British B sides of her singles were classics, and not included here. Misses from the seventies are dwelt on in detail, while the famous "Reputation" album which revived the Springfield career in the mid-eighties is given short shrift. The whole anthology seems thrown together by someone who has little idea of Dusty Springfield. Fans will definetely be better served by buying "The Very Best Of Dusty Springfield." Hopefully, someone will eventually come up with a definitive anthology one of these days."