Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Where Am I Going
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Digitally remastered 1998 reissue on Philips of her fourth solo album, originally released in 1967 & now with three bonus tracks: 'I've Got A Good Thing', 'Don't Forget About Me' and 'Time After Time'. 15 tracks total, als... more »
Digitally remastered 1998 reissue on Philips of her fourth solo album, originally released in 1967 & now with three bonus tracks: 'I've Got A Good Thing', 'Don't Forget About Me' and 'Time After Time'. 15 tracks total, also featuring Dusty's memorable cover of The Carpenters' Burt Bacharach- penned smash '(They Long To Be) Close To You'.
No big hits but still wonderful
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 05/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first twelve tracks here made up Dusty's third original album, while the three bonus tracks were recorded at around the same time.Close to you was eventually recorded by the Carpenters, who had a massive worldwide hit with it, but their version isn't any better than Dusty's, recorded at least three (maybe five) years earlier. Sadly, Dusty's version wasn't released as a single, so we can only wonder at what might have been.The album also includes stunning covers of Come back to me (from On a clear day you can see forever), Sunny (Bobby Hebb), Don't let me lose this dream (Aretha Franklin) and the often-covered If you go away (originally a French song by Jacques Brel), in which Dusty mixes English and French.Among the other songs, Broken blossoms is a very emotional song about the futility of war. A lot of anti-war songs were written in the sixties, including Eve of destruction (Barry McGuire) or On the path of glory (Petula), but Broken blossoms is as good as any of tem.This is certainly one of Dusty's best albums - all the songs are brilliant, including those I've not mentioned specifically - despite the absence of any of Dusty's big hits."
acshore | Seattle, WA USA | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I feel out of all Dusty's pre-Memphis work, this is her second-best album. It includes slices of soul, contemporary wave, beautiful ballads, and brashes of big-band. It is the only LP that showcases Springfield's complete versatility. Standout tracks include 'Close to You,' which was planned to be released as a single back in 1964, as a follow-up to her 'I Just Don't Know..' hit. For some reason or another, her producers held its being issued until crowding in between tracks on this here album, and edited out the song's instrumental intro [2005 saw the release of the restored song, on compilation "Classics & Collectibles" via Universal International]. If You Go Away has actually become a highly-regarded song in Dusty's repetoir, and has held such esteem it is considered a signature tune. What is nice is that the ballad shows emotion, Springfield's exquisit interpretation of French, and something that entertwines your soul. Irronically, "Don't Forget About Me," one of the three bonus tracks, is probably my favourite of the album. It was scheduled to appear on the LP but cut at last minute, only to be recorded years later when Dusty laid down vocals for her infamous Memphis masterpiece. However, I feel this [original] version of the song is the best, and should've been a number #1 hit for Springfield. It - like many of her King/Goffin songs she laid down vocals for - has that 60's contemporary feel, and could have also been a TV theme as well (think 'Love Is All Around' from MTM). It sounds also very reminiscent of another one of King and Goffin's compositions: 'Up on the Roof' by The Drifters. It is an unfortunate shame that this excellent album is now out-of-print and a no-longer-available part Dusty's catalogue. If you can get this on ebay grab it while you have the change [don't be fooled by the diskiosk copies, for despite what they advertise, they are actually bootlegged; minus the bonus tracks]."
Darryl K. Clark | springfield, missouri | 05/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"of all the re-releases of dusty springfield's pre-memphis sessions, this is my favorite. it doesn't have the most inspired album art. that distinction would go to either 'see all her faces', 'ooowheee' or 'dusty--definitely'. but it has one of the widest ranges of material she would tackle on one album at this point in her career. and save her stuff-up on 'don't forget about me' she is spot on and utterly fabulous!
after getting the set off to a rollicking start with 'bring him back', she flirts with the pop stuff, british style, on 'take me for a little while'; then goes broadway with stunning renditions of 'come back to me' and 'where am i going'; covers aretha franklin on 'don't let me lose this dream' and gets her take on 'close to you' under the wire before the carpenters launched the bachrach-david tune in to the pop/easy listening stratosphere. there is even an exploration of jazz in 'time after time'. all she would have needed to record is rachmaninoff's 'vocalise' and she would have hit every musical base she could with one album.
this is the type of musicianship that i crave to hear from a christina aguilera or celine dion. but great material is no good if there is no restraint to temper the moments of abandon."