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Dusty in Memphis [Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import]

Dusty Springfield Audio CD
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Britain's greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara, ... Read more in Amazon's Dusty Springfield Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Apo
  • ASIN: B00GDJOL02
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Originally released in 1969, the concept for Dusty In Memphis was to take England's reigning female soul queen to the home of the music which had inspired her. Produced by Atlantic's Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin and engineered by Tom Dowd, the record's highlights include "Son Of A Preacher Man," "So Much Love," "Breakfast In Bed," "Just One Smile," "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" and "Just A Little Lovin'". Springfield is backed by a crack band that had previously worked with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, King Curtis and Elvis Presley among others. The musicians - collectively known as the Memphis Cats - include guitarist Reggie Young, bassist Tommy Cogbill, drummer Gene Chrismann, pianist Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons on organ and electric piano. Songwriting contributions came from, among others, Randy Newman, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Dusty Springfield is one of the finest white soul singers of her era, and this is the undisputed proof. Just A Little Lovin' So Much Love Son Of A Preacher Man I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore Don't Forget About Me Breakfast In Bed Just One Smile The Windmills Of Your Mind In The Land Of Make Believe No Easy Way Down I Can't Make It Alone Willie And Laura Mae Jones* That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)* What Do You Do When Love Dies* * = Bonus Tracks - A classic now on Hybrid SACD! - Bonus tracks included!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you buy anything.. buy this! 28 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dusty in Memphis is already a legend. This import contains many additional tracks from a second set of Atlantic sessions, most sadly not released during Miss Springfield's lifetime. Listening to her now you can only wonder at the soul in her voice and be glad that at least now, 30 years later, you have the chance to hear it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Masterpiece!!! 25 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ask any musician over a certain age to name the greatest albums of all time and he/she won't rattle off too many titles before he/she gets to "Dusty In Memphis". That's the kind of awe and respect this album inspires in us who make our living in Music; and, we're a pretty musically jaded lot. It is utter perfection - singer; musicians; producers; material - all four come together for an musical experience which is right up there with "Sgt. Pepper" and "Pet Sounds". I do not exaggerate when I say "Dusty In Memphis" is one of the 3 greatest albums of all time!
Sure, many will say "Son Of A Preacher Man" is the centerpiece of this gem. I beg to differ with popular sentiment. The Goffin/King composition "No Easy Way Down" is the one track which takes this album from the great to the sublime. Dusty never sang a song better before or after recording this soul/gospel-tinged treasure. For a woman who aspired to be a soul singer, Dusty realises that goal in this song more than any other song she ever recorded. The close second would be "I Believe In You" from her "Brand New Me" album. The great white girl singer was truly blessed with a black soul.
The production values put into this album by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd are the stuff of legends. Not unlike a great director with an actor, Wexler used every trick in the book to extract the very finest singing performance Dusty was ever to record. This is no hype - this album is THAT good. Why it took the world and the record industry another 18 years(thanks to the Pet Shop Boy) to "rediscover" Dusty Springfield just boggles the mind.
If you purchase no other album from the late 1960's, do yourself a favour and add "Dusty In Memphis" to your collection. You will not be disappointed. It's Dusty immortal gift to all music lovers everywhere! Thank you, Ms. O'Brien.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Like the singer herself, this album is legendary. (It's also supposed to be Neil Tennant's favourite LP of all time.)
I first heard it in the early '80's, when I began listening to the LP output of Dusty Springfield, rather than just the hit singles. Of all her recordings, this is simply the best and most consistent of her LP's. The songs are all classics: Son Of A Preacher Man, Breakfast In Bed, Windmills of Your Mind, Don't Forget About Me....
The arrangements are scintillating: a deep soul groove, stong instrumentation, with restrained orchestral and string arrangements. You can almost imagine her singing these songs backed by a four-piece group in a small club environment.
Such is the attention to detail and the fluid inter-play of voice, instruments and rhythm that it has a really intimate and warm feel to it.
If you wanted to compare a diva of the 60's with the so-called divas of today, then this is an excellent starting point. Not a warble or forced note in ear-shot.
My only complaint about this UK version is that it rather short-changes the listener. There have been about 4 different versions of this album in recent years, each with "bonus" tracks etc. This one is not the definitive version - for that, the keen listener should look out for the US edition, which adds a whole album's worth of related recordings to the Memphis sessions...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dusty Vinyl indeed ! 30 Jun 2012
By Decade
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Please note that this is a review of the Four Men with Beards vinyl LP of Dusty in Memphis. Despite this, other reviews listed here are of the CD version (which may, or may not, be superior in sound quality). If you want the vinyl format, however, this is currently the only available disc on Amazon.
This edition has been incorrectly eq'ed with far too much treble, and is nearly unlistenable as a result, unless you are able to strongly reduce the high frequencies through your system.
The retailers are very certainly aware of this, as they are that you have Hobson's Choice as far as vinyl reissues are concerned.
The music deserves better, and a new "audiophile" quality LP is being issued on another label, but will be expensive.
If you simply must have this on LP, please be aware of the problem, and do not pay too much.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty's Memphis Pyramid 14 Aug 2006
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In and near the ancient city of Memphis, capital of the ancient kingdom of Egypt, the great pyramids of Egypt may be found. These pyramids were built as monuments to the various pharaohs who ruled over Egypt. If I had to pick one album that would serve as a fitting monument to Dusty Springfield's musical career it would have to be her classic "Dusty in Memphis". It was a tremendous, if sadly overlooked, album when it was first released in 1969 (it managed to hit only #99 on the pop charts). It is even better now that a deluxe edition has been issued that contains 14 `bonus tracks' that had not previously been released.

Produced by Atlantic Records' Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin (who produced a number of Aretha Franklin's early albums), Dusty in Memphis cemented Dusty's reputation as having one of the most powerful, soulful voices of the 60s. Just about every song on this deluxe edition helps cement that reputation.

"Son of a Preacher Man" is probably the best known song on the original album. It is a tremendous performance that highlights Dusty's wonderfully smoky, bluesy voice and her ability to interpret a song. The song starts low and wistful and build to a very powerful conclusion. Dusty covers a number of songs written by the team of Gerry Coffin and Carole King. Carole King has said (according to the liner notes) that Dusty was the definitive performer of her songs. After listening to Dusty's covers of King's songs, included spectacular version of "You've Got a Friend" it is hard to find fault with that assessment. The bonus tracks are as compelling as the original album tracks. "Willie & Laura Mae Jones" makes for a perfect follow up to "Son of a Preacher Man" both as to style and substance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Luxury Purchase
Bought for one track that is not on the UK version - still one of the best CD's that you should have in your collection
Published 2 days ago by P. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad pressing of a great album.
A great album of songs on nice heavyweight vinyl.

It has already been mention by another reviewer here. To reiterate, this copy is very bright sounding. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dickie
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE
THE ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE OF THE BEST VOICE BRITAIN HAS OFFERED OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. A TRUE GEM OF POP MUSIC
Published 5 months ago by STAVROS K
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat a bit of Dusty
Already being a huge Dusty fan and a recent appreciator of vinyl, this one has complemented my collection wonderfully. Great!
Published 12 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Memphis sound straight to my living room!
Of course this is one of those 'must have' albums, but owning it on vinyl makes it really special. I chose this over a vintage copy because of the repressing into heavyweight... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jazzhands
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
A must in any record collection, as far as I'm concerned! "Just a little lovin'" is a work of art.
Published 14 months ago by dhsneddon
1.0 out of 5 stars Ethel Flange Is Better!
I was mistaking Dusty Springway for Ethel Flange. Ethel really belts 'em out in that old pub style when we used ta' gather around the Joanna fer a sing song Ahhh dem waz the days... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved in good order
Great album, one of her best. She went to Memphis to build on her soulful sound, and she exceeded expectations.
Published 16 months ago by Eendrijder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vinyl sound from classic album
This album is a true classic. ALL tracks are good, some are amazing. The sound is great as always with vinyl from 4men withbeards.
Published 19 months ago by Tomas Havner
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sweet music
Having previously had a copy of Dusty in Memphis, it was played until it could play no
longer and so a new copy had to be found. Read more
Published 20 months ago by k9steward
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