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Dusty: The Very Best Of Dusty Springfield Original recording remastered

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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 (20 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00000IPQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I only want to be with you
2. In private
3. I just don't know what to do with myself
4. Give me time
5. Some of your lovin'
6. Goin'back
7. You don't have to say you love me
8. What have I done to deserve this? (feat. Pet shop boys)
9. I close my eyes and count to ten
10. Wishin' and hopin'
11. Little by little
12. Stay a while
13. All I see is you
14. Nothing has been proved
15. Losing you
16. Twenty four hours from tulsa
17. In the middle of nowhere
18. Son of a preacher man
19. Anyone who had a heart
20. If you go away
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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24-track collection

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This compilation includes many of Dusty’s sixties hits, plus some of her eighties comeback hits. However, it does not include any of her Springfield hits (Island of dreams in the UK, Silver threads and golden needles in the USA), nor does it include any of her seventies music, so it cannot be described as a career-spanning retrospective.
The set opens with Dusty’s first solo hit, the classic I only want to be with you, although the songs are not presented in any particular order, least of all chronological – indeed, the second song, In private, was Dusty’s last British top twenty hit (at least during her lifetime – you never know if there will be another on the back of a commercial or a movie).
Other classics here include I just don’t know what to do with myself, Some of your loving, Going back, You don’t have to say you love me, I close my eyes and count to ten, Losing you, In the middle of nowhere and Son of a preacher man, all of which reached the top ten in sixties Britain. Dusty’s chart record was very different in America – Wishing and hoping, also included here, was a top twenty American hit but was never released as a single in Britain. Many lesser hits are also included.
Three notable covers are also here – Twenty-four hours from Tulsa, Anyone who had a heart and If you go away. Dusty recorded many covers, but these are among the best and certainly the equal of the original versions of these songs, perhaps even better.
The eighties are represented by In private, What have I done to deserve this (with the Pet shop boys) and Nothing has been proved, but the most recent song here is Wherever would I be, recorded in 1995.
There have been many Dusty compilations, but this is one of the strongest.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you have to buy one album with nothing but the finest songs that Dusty Springfield ever sang!, then this is it. It has to be appreciated purely for 'The Look Of Love' because it is simply the most sensitive and beautiful song ever performed.
Ashley Barker
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MummaV on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I originally bought this because I thought I quite like her and will be spending a week with my mum and sister soon so I can play it in the car and no-one will complain but lo and behold it's one of the BEST CD's I've ever purchased, my only beef being that the 80's stuff could have been left off in favour of a few more of her earlier material. Haven't heard a Dusty tune in years but remembered all the words from when my mum played them over and over as I was growing up. She was truly a legend and the music is still CLASSIC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Dusty' started her recording career fronting the group 'The Springfields' in the
early sixties with songs such as 'Island of Dreams' and 'Say I Won't be There'
This was when I was fortunate to see her on stage, it was on the 'Del Shannon'
Tour.
As a solo artist she had a number of chart successes, though only 'You Don't
Have To say You Love Me' actually topped the chart in the U.K. back in 1966.
though she did achieve 16 Top 30 hits in all 10 of which peaked in the Top 10.
The song she is best remembered for I guess was 'Son of a Preacher Man' that
first charted in 1968 reaching a high of number 9.
This album has most of her chart singles on board along with one or two cover-
versions.
Some of her best known songs on this album being (other than the two listed)
'I Only Want to Be With You'.....'I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself' ....
'What have I Done to Deserve This'......'Wishing and Hoping'......'Stay Awhile'..
'I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten' .....and......'All I See is You' ....among them.
Looking at the albums available at present I'd have to say if you are wanting
just the one reflection of this lady's music, this is the one to buy (playing it while
I write, have owned it since it's release)
'Dusty' was indeed perhaps one of the first recognised 'Diva's of the 'Pop-scene'
Well worth owning.
Sadly as many will know 'Dusty' lost her battle with cancer '4th March 1999' aged
just '59'
Her Music of course 'lives-on'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tel on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's brilliant, just what I wanted as I am on my own as my wife has recently died after 50 years married.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Poole on 11 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
if your ever going to buy a dusty springfield album and only have space for one this is THE one to get.A terrific selection of numbers including most (but not all)of her big hits and my favourite "goin' back" .A goody and at such a good price too.One of those must have albums
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This album contains all of the essential Dusty songs from her golden era in the 60s and also includes the singles released during her renaissance in the 80s, so there's plenty here for existing fans and those coming across her work for the first time.

However, it's the sound quality that lets this compilation down for me. It sounds like the remastering engineers have tried to enrich the recordings and bring the bass to the fore and to be fair, they've partially succeeded. Where it falls down is the top end is lacking in sparkle and at some points sounds quite muffled.

Whether this is due to over aggressive noise reduction or just a way to emphasise the bass content is unclear, but compared to the earlier "Silver Collection" this sounds quite a dull recording to my ears. It may be a matter of personal taste as at least one comment on the "Silver Collection" CD describes that as tinny, but for me something has been lost in the transfer here.

This issue just afflicts the 60s recordings, those from the 80's sound much as they did at the time they were released.
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