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EV'RYTHING'S COMIN' UP DUSTY : LET'S LIVE IT UP
on 21 April 2008
This extended CD is one of the best Dusty bargains available right now. You have here the original album of 13 tracks recorded in 1965 plus 8 tracks from her 1964 New York sessions. The original album set confirms the pattern Dusty had already set with her first album. It's a varied set of songs including Randy Newman's `I've Been Wrong Before' (covered to good effect by Cilla Black too) and there's a strong leaning towards the USA soul pop and r'n'b that she collected. Dusty covers her favourite singer Baby Washington (That's How Heartaches are Made and Doodlin') as well as Garnet Mimms (It Was Easier to Hurt Her) and Betty Everett ( I Can't Hear You No More') amongst others. She is backed up by the great Madeline Bell and Doris Troy. At this time Dusty was a favourite of the Mod crowd and you can hear why here.
The New York tracks are a revelation and first released in the UK on this CD (apart from a collectible 4 track 1965 EP). A great orchestra with brass often to the fore and great backing vocals as usual. As soon as `Live It Up' kicks in you know you're at a pretty special recording session. I imagine Dusty going into the control booth and turning everything UP! It's a lovely loud big beat sound. Turn it up and it can make walls shake! Dusty sounds like she's done a few takes already. She's giving it all she's got and her voice is cracking by the end. I love this track. It really, really moves me, yeah! Then we get to the double bill of `I Wanna Make You Happy' (a bit forward for a first meeting but polite) and `I Want Your Love Tonight' (demanding satisfaction - `Come on and love me, Baby!') - I love these tracks. ` Don't Say It Baby' is sublime. `Guess Who' and `If Wishes Could Be Kisses' are strong tracks. The most novel track here for me (along with `Now That You're My Baby') is `Here She Comes' - this is straight out of Brill Building girl group teen drama land but with a luxury production; Dusty never recorded anything like this again.
I love this CD album. It made me buy all of Dusty's pre- Memphis albums because, after having her greatest hits, Memphis and post Memphis albums and thinking I knew Dusty's music, I was amazed. Again. On this CD Dusty is young, strong, powerful and ambitious - she's the sound of talented Young Britain. She's going to the top. She's going to champion Motown on `Ready Steady Go'. She's going to be deported from South Africa for singing to integrated audiences. And, she's going to live it up...