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Dusty Springfield - Once Upon A Time 1964-1969 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Unquestionably Britain’s greatest female vocalist, Dusty Springfield made some of the finest recordings of the sixties. Dusty Springfield: Once Upon A Time 1964 – 1969 features 20 complete songs filmed from 1964 to 1969 and has all of her greatest hits and more. Included on the DVD are her early classics “I Only Want To Be With You”, “Wishin’ And Hopin’” and “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With My Self” as well as timeless hits “Son Of A Preacher Man”, “The Look Of Love” and “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.” In between the performances, Dusty’s story is told through new interviews with Burt Bacharach, singer Madeline Bell (who sang back-up for Dusty in the ‘60s) and Simon Bell (who sang back-up for Dusty from the ‘70s through the ‘90s) filmed exclusively for the DVD as well as Dusty herself via a newly discovered, previously unseen biographical interview from 1978. The bonus features include Dusty’s complete 1965 and 1966 New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert appearances as well as a duet with Burt Bacharach on “A House Is Not A Home.” This DVD is one of the first four releases in the British Invasion series and is also sold as part of the British Invasion Boxset along with Gerry & The Pacemakers, Small Faces and Herman’s Hermits DVDs.

Reelin’ In The Years Productions has created some of the best loved and critically praised DVD series on the market today including the Definitive Motown series (Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles), American Folk Blues Festival series and Jazz Icons series. Now, with Metropolis Studios’ Voyage label, they are proud to give the deluxe treatment to one of the greatest periods ever in music – the British Invasion. Each DVD features archival full-length television performances filmed back when the artists were in their prime and at the height of their careers. Interspersed between the performances, original band members talk about each song and recount special moments in the history of the group. In addition, each performance has been transferred from the original master tape and includes best-possible video and re-mastered audio.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ESSENTIAL Dusty DVD! 2 Sep 2009
Featuring entire performances of some of Dusty's greatest material, this DVD, along with the "At The BBC" collection, is the essential purchase for any fan. The DVD features interviews with Burt Bacharach, Madeline Bell & myself, but you can watch the complete Dusty performances separately, including her entire acts from the NME Poll Winners Concerts in 1965 & 1966. Another highlight is a legendary "All Cried Out" from the Ed Sullivan Show. Much of the footage is available for the first time commercially, and the sound has been lovingly restored.
I Only Want To be With You, Once Upon A Time, Stay Awhile, Wishin' & Hopin', I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, My Colouring Book, All Cried Out, Dancing In The Street, Mockingbird, I Can't Hear You, In The Middle Of Nowhere, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Shake, Some Of Your Loving, The Look Of Love, Little By little, I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, Son Of A Preacher Man, A Brand New Me, A House Is Not A Home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty Shines 5 Sep 2009
I agree with Simon, the sound and picture quality on this new dvd is stunning and I am delighted the sound has been fully restored on I Close My Eyes & Count To Ten as the previous dvd release(Just Dusty) features an inferior sound on that particular song.

Watching this dvd makes you realise once more just how great Dusty was/is, you can see in her eyes that she is enjoying herself especially on the NME Poll Winners Concerts. Watching Dusty so full of life and in great voice makes you miss her even more but at least she left a wonderful legacy that we can watch and listen whenever we want to.

The comments from Madeline Bell, Simon Bell & Burt Bacharach are all heartfelt and it was very interesting to hear Madeline speak of Dusty in the recording studio.

Another very worthy addition to our ever growing Dusty collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1960's belong to Dusty Springfield. 11 Sep 2009
'Once Upon A Time' from Reelin' In The Years Productions, takes us on the magical journey of Dusty Springfield through the sixties. As usual with this kind of DVD there are interesting comments and insights from those who worked closely with her including Madeline Bell, Burt Bacharach and Simon Bell, as well as a newly discovered 1978 interview with Dusty herself.

Dusty was the volcano just waiting to erupt, unstoppable and to be ignored only at your peril. Starting with her first solo top 5 hit "I Only Want To Be With You" (also included is the b-side "Once Upon A Time" which Dusty wrote herself), this DVD illustrates superbly, just why, she was voted both Best British Female Singer ('64/'65 and '66) and Best World Female Singer in 1965/'66 and '67, and this is to say nothing about the times she scooped second place when not placed first, not bad for someone who didn't start her solo career until late 1963.

The magic of Dusty is as obvious from her debut hit twirling under the spotlight, the various television performances and NME Poll Winners Concerts, right through to her sultry sexiness later in the decade, notably on "Son Of A Preacher Man" (1968) and "The Look Of Love" (1969). But with Dusty it wasn't just about being sexy, it's was about having a unique charisma and a voice that could melt a glacier. Included on the DVD is "Mockingbird" from her debut album 'A Girl Called Dusty' and the amazing "All Cried Out" which is a bonus track from the same album. Further proof is with the inclusion of "I Can't Hear You" from her second album 'Everything's Coming Up Dusty', just what she was capable of is mind blowing, small wonder that her fans and her public just couldn't get enough of her.

The 1960's was Dusty's decade and just the tip of the iceberg. This year marked the tenth anniversary of her passing and this DVD has been a long, long wait. Miss this and you will miss out on the prime decade of the world's finest female singer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
That this product is a GREAT compendium of timeless Dusty Springfield performances and not a documentary or something you'll be bored with after a couple of viewings? Well, rest assured the other reviewers are right. This is a "must-own" for anyone who appreciates great music or who is already a fan of one of the greatest recording artists of the 20th Century. You can click "buy" right now. The video is great, as is the sound. Both have apparently gone through some restoration process.

Her artistry is on great display here. If you only know Dusty Springfield from a couple of her hits, you're missing out. She displays more soul than most of Motown. She was a perfectionist, seeking the best of herself and others. It shows on just about all of her recordings. Even mediocre Dusty Springfield is better than most of today's Artists, many of whom are manufactured by marketing gurus v. having serious talent.

A lot of us never had a chance to see or hear her in her heyday. So this DVD from ITV DVD is as good as it gets - so far.

My favorite performance on the DVD is her 1970 performance on the Burt Bacharach Show. Previously available only on the Jennifer Saunders/Dawn French "Full Circle" VHS, she does a heart-breaking rendition of "A House is not a Home," accompanied by the great Burt Bacharach on piano, who talk/sings his way through part of the intro. She is pitch and emotion perfect and hits notes I did not know were possible. The only problem is this was a brief stage of her career when she had taken to wearing "Lady Bunny" wigs that made her look a little bit like a refugee from NYC's famous "Wigstock" event. (Sorry. But it's true. She didn't need all that camp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Miss Springfield at her best.
Published 14 days ago by C. FLETCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty at her best
She was a brilliant singer,both soul songs and her early stuff.It's a brilliant DVD. I'm tempted to get more Dusty dvd's.Alan
Published 15 months ago by Alan p
1.0 out of 5 stars Overdubbed musical performances!
I was really looking forward to this dvd, but the horror when I started playing it: they have actually replaced the soundtrack of the original tv performances with the actual... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by rickshayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
It is so nice to be able to revisit the days of my youth with modern imagies of someone like Dusty, being able to watch rather than just listen to her music is magic
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Barbara Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning!
WRITTEN FOR THE BOX SET CONTAINING ALL FOUR OF THE DVD'S IN THIS SERIES: This is the type of set that gives one hope for the future of music video documentaries. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Mark C. Easter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD too bad the liner notes were missing!
This DVD of Dusty is a great addition for anyone who loves Dusty's music. There are 20 great songs that are presented complete for the enthusiast. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by Katherine Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to have for Dusty fans
This is an absolute must to own DVD for all Dusty fans out there, the next most essential Dusty DVD after the classic "Live at the BBC". Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Reader from Singapore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Music Lovers
A must for music lovers Dusty was the first british lady of soul & she still is as this dvd will show
Published on 4 Oct 2009 by Mr. Daniel David Stibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty Springfield video
A well done description of Dusty Springfield during the mid-late 60s. Great music and interesting interviews.
Published on 4 Oct 2009 by Nichelle
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