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Simply... Dusty [Box set]

Dusty Springfield Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00004XP5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect, like Dusty 24 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is just about perfect. If you're not satisfied with The Hits and you're not a hard core Must Have Absolutely Everything, this is the one. She had the perfect voice for me - she could do quiet and moving (I think it's going to rain today) and loud and moving (Give Me Time). Unlike her life she was always in perfect control of the songs. She could surf great orchestral crescendos with ease (check out all those great Italian ballads - memo - why don't those Italians write ballads anymore?). She should have recorded at least half of the Randy Newman songbook, and maybe had a go at some older standards (Round Midnight, that kind of thing) - but hey, who's complaining? Not me. I'm finding all sorts of gems I didn't know about.
So, Christmas is coming up - stick it in your letter to Santa.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could hardly believe my ears... 23 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
'Simply Dusty' is not a collector's item but a magnificent musical biography of one of the very best singers to ever record a song. The project's executive producer, Mr. Mike Gill, with his first rate team of collaborators, presented the world with a masterpiece. The selected repertoire could not have been more representative of Dusty's recording career, the beautiful case which comprises a booklet containing plenty of information on her career and the songs included in the compilation is really 'de luxe', not to mention the excellent sound quality in all tracks. Also, of a tremendous good taste are the photographs that illustrate the booklet as well as the one chosen for the front cover. Dusty is not singing here for her fans only, she is singing for anyone who has got a good musical taste. The boxset is the best means to introduce Dusty's music to those who have been missing, so far, the opportunity of hearing her unique voice. I have already played the CDs for everyone who came to see me, since I've received them. I tend to believe that Amazon will be receiving extra orders from delighted new fans, some of them being young people. I wish to thank Mr. Gill and his team for having granted Dusty the eternity she deserved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply definitive! 4 Oct 2000
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Format:Audio CD
What can you say? Nearly one hundred tracks, all the hits, some tracks released for the first time on cd, some lesser known gems....this box has got them all, an impressive collection of songs from the past forty years displaying the variety and quality of Dusty. Personally, I feel sentimental when I hear some of the beautiful songs she recorded. And the voice...there's hardly any words to describe the sound of this great voice. This compilation has been made with a touch of class and elegance, and I think Dusty would have appreciated it. Of course you might miss some songs and wonder why this or that is included, but you can't satisfy everybody. Yet I think most of her fans will be pleased with so much variety. This is what memories are made of..Just sit down, close your eyes and listen....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitively Dusty 16 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time coming, and it's worth the wait. Mercury has finally released a definitive box set covering the Queen of Blue-Eyed Soul's entire career, from a home recording of a ragtime medley to a version of "Someone to Watch Over Me" cut for a tv commercial that is understood to be the last recording Dusty Springfield ever made. Kudos to Mike Gill and Paul Howes for taking on the daunting task of selecting just two to four tracks from each project Dusty was involved in, and for being so generous with the material from the 70s and 80s that hadn't made it to CD until now. Every hit is here and all the key LP tracks, as well as cuts recorded with other artists and one-offs. Listening to the box as a whole, I'm struck by the sheer volume of great material Dusty lent her unique, inimitable, totally moving voice to throughout her career. For every superb overlooked or unreleased cut, like her takes on Jaye P. Morgan's "Closet Man," Janis Ian's "In the Winter," Melissa Manchester's "Home to Myself" and Peter Allen's "Quiet Please There's A Lady on Stage," there are three or four equally excellent tracks that necessarily had to be left off this set. This will have to do until Bear Family exhumes the entire Dusty Springfield oeuvre for one of their own legendary 9 or 10 CD box sets. Until then, this is indispensable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally...a box set worthy of Dusty! 4 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
OH MY GOD! It's beautiful! Yes, I think they finally got it right this time! What a stunning Box Set! Finally, something worthy of the work of our dear Dusty. Beautiful book like format with a stunning full length photo of our Dusty on the cover! A fantastic booklet with wonderful photos (this time, I found no bad ones)...and some wonderful words and homages to our great lady.
The track selections are great and excellently sequenced in my mind. All the big hits are there, but there are also enough new tidbits to keep all of us old time fans happy.
The 3 previously unreleased tracks are breathtaking. I am still reeling from hearing "In The Winter". I will never be the same. The 2 new live tracks sound great also, and only make me wonder why they can't release ALL of the Royal Albert Hall concert? ..especially if they can get such a great sound mix from "Quiet Please..." and "Lose Again."
The other tracks I was glad to finally see on CD were "But It's A Nice Dream" and "Turn Me Around". They sound great and as crisp as if Dusty were sitting right next to me singing them. (chills! ) This version of "But It's A Nice Dream" sounds like a different take than the ones I heard over the opening and closing credits of KISS ME GOODBYE. Is this a 3rd version?
I also love the inclusion of the complete "Ragtime Selections" and the Lana Sisters track...gives a full idea of the growth of Dusty's voice and skill and how she changed throughout her career and how she stayed the same.
Last night, while listening to the Box set, among all my feelings of joy and excitement about this wonderful 4 CD set, I also couldn't help but feel a little sad.
I miss Dusty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Gift
I bought this for my Husband, I searched for quite a while before I decided on this one. The review's were fantastic and i am adding to that also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pauline
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect ...
This is an excellent collection of Dusty's work from her early work with The Springfields up to her final recordings but I was disappointed that many of her most well-known songs... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. keeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Luckily, Dusty Springfield recorded enough songs to fill many compilation albums. But this box set showcases the very best of Springfield. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Jennifer Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars still not arrine

that order from three mounth not arrive for me what happen is the any some thing wrong,please send for me email.

Published on 2 Oct 2011 by mohammed albanna
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful woman with a remarkable voice
...Most songs were recorded before I was born in 1982 and it impressed me very much the sound quality..... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I could hardly believe my ears...
'Simply Dusty' is not a collector's item but a magnificent musical biography of one of the very best female singers to ever record a song. The project's executive producer, Mr. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2000 by phoivos@ultranet.com.br
3.0 out of 5 stars Not applicable.
From a personal point of view, it's very rewarding to see the comments on Amazon from Dusty's fans. Over the years a great deal of flak has come in this direction - it's always... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the ultimate Dusty!
This is a tried and true delight! Such evident care was given to this set, that right down to the last line in the SPECTACULAR attached booklet this is an act of LOVE, not just... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2000 by RLB
5.0 out of 5 stars This production is absolutely spectacular
The Executive and Associate Producers have created a masterpiece here. If the lady herself were here right now, there is no doubt she would be overwhelmed by this production and... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2000 by L. A. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Legacy Dusty Left Us!
This 4-CD boxed set is a great tribute to Dusty Springfield's long and memorable career. No singer past or present put so much emotion and energy into her music.... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2000 by Ronald R. Edes
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