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VINE VOICEon 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...
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In the sixties, it was normal to leave hit singles off original albums, it being assumed that anybody who bought the album already had the singles, which sold in fat bigger quantities in those days. With eight bonus tracks added to the thirteen on the original vinyl release, hits could have been included but weren't - it presumably being assumed that anybody now buying this already has a greatest hits collection of Dusty's music. (If you don't have one, buy one of those before worrying about this - there are plenty to choose from.) So this album contains no hits but has plenty to offer sixties pop fans generally and Dusty fans in particular.
Of the eight bonus tracks (all recorded in New York), four were released as an EP in the UK while Don't say it baby was a UK B-side. The other three tracks are making their UK debut here. In America, Live it up and Guess who were the two sides of an American single. Both sides in turn bubbled under the top 100 without making the main chart - that's the nearest you get to a Dusty hit in this collection. Here she comes was another American B-side.
Among the tracks here are Dusty's covers of Oh no not my baby (originally an American hit for Maxine Brown, it was a UK hit in 1965 for Manfred Mann and a bigger UK hit in 1973 for Rod Stewart), La Bamba (originally an American hit for Ritchie Valens, it didn't make the UK charts until 1987, when Los Lobos took it all the way to number one), Who can I turn to (a theatrical song that was an American hit for Tony Bennett), Doodling (another theatrical song), It was easier to hurt him (a minor UK hit for Wayne Fontana), I've been wrong before (a UK hit for Cilla Black).
There are many other great songs here, some of which are also covers, but it really doesn't matter whether they are or not. Won't be long (a brilliant up-tempo song), Long after tonight is over (a Bacharach-David song) and That's how heartaches are made (a superb ballad) are among the other highlights.
If you enjoy Dusty's music and want to go beyond her hit singles, you will love this.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 February 2016
A 13 track album from the vinyl era updated with eight additional tracks recorded in New York, four from the UK EP Dusty In New York, four receiving their first UK release makes this an excellent value collection. As was standard practice in the UK at the time hit singles were not placed on LPs as it was assumed fans who could afford to buy then expensive LPs wanted a completely fresh set of tracks. Thus this album whilst containing tracks made familiar by other artists such as La Bamba, Don't Say It Baby and Oh No! Not My Baby includes plenty of less familiar material too - but all with fine pedigree. Names like Bacharach/David, Randy Newman and Goffin/King leap out from the writer's credits guaranteeing quality in a well-known selection of show tunes and soul songs revealing Dusty's passion for Motown. After a few plays the album reveals itself to be a superb collection, with Dusty's peerless vocals working well regardless of the style of tune. It's been excellently remastered too with everything clear, making the best of the 1965 technology. On original release this album had a then elaborate gatefold sleeve, and the pictures are faithfully reproduced together with the full original liner notes and two informative essays written in 1997, the first covering the original album, the second the eight bonus tracks. Don't let the lack of hit singles deter you from purchasing this album - there are plenty of fine compilations which cover that facit of Dusty's career. This provides an excellent route into the deeper catalogue - and at a ridiculously cheap £4 it's a bargain hard to avoid.
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on 24 April 2010
Back in 1965 this was Dusty's second solo album but the first one I bought, I loved it then and 45 years later I still love it and never tire of listening to it - infact in my opinion it's my favourite album by ANYONE and I have a very eclectic musical taste.

When the cd was re-released bonus tracks were added as the original album ended with Packin' Up.

Dusty just gives everything on this album and the selection of songs from soul to ballads to show tunes is quite simply stunning, add to that the wonderful arrangements and musicans AND the deluxe packaging (the original vinyl LP was housed in a book type sleeve with loads of pics but recreated here in miniature) and you have one superb album.

I always make a point of starting off a new year by listening to this album and then play it regularly throughout the year.
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on 21 July 2015
Dusty's second album. Should you buy it? Well only if you don't own it already! Don't expect the 60s singles or the 'big ballady things' but you will get soul, show tunes; a Baby Washington-alike cover of Doodlin'; a heartbreakingly awesome version of the Randy Newman song 'I've Been Wrong Before,' a delightfully campy 'Her She Comes'; etc etc. I'm just surprised at how good this album and Dusty are. There's so much here to love beyond this: Won't Be Long is better than Aretha Franklin's and Dusty (and her backing band, The Echoes)'s cover of the Bacharach/David 'Long After Tonight is Over' is sublime.
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on 24 April 2011
Dusty Springfield cut her first LP as just that-no hit singles but instead songs of her own choosing and mainly unknown to the masses.Such as the opener Won't be long-which was on the first Aretha Franklin album on Columbia.
So its virtually a set of covers but one reviewer here says that her version of I'VE BEEN WRONG BEFORE was a cover of a Randy Newman song.Wrong-the original was by Cilla Black and came from a demo by Newman who reguarly had demos sent to London.
This CD is an expanded version of the original and all the better for it
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on 17 March 2016
Bought this album on vinyl in the sixties when Dusty was at the height of her fame and always one of my favourites. What makes it special is the tracks are not a compilation of her hits but a variety of soul, ballads and rock that showcase her exceptional voice. This cd also includes eight bonus tracks of extraordinary quality to make it one of the best buys around for the ridiculously low price of £3.99 (plus the rip off delivery charge). Great listening on my car audio.
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on 17 March 2013
if you old enough like me :-( you will remember Dusty on stage , she never stopped walking around arms and hands moving all the time, but once you listen to this disc you will be amazed taht you forgot how what a great voice she had .
if you have never heard her sing , then buy this CD and have fun . not all new music is the be all .
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on 3 September 2013
I have this album on vinyl purchased may years ago! Good to have the CD version and with the extra tracks which I did not have!
Dusty's best album in my opinion - just try and find a bad track!! Dusty shows you do not have to scream and shout a song [newer so called singers please note!] but you just need real soul!
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on 18 June 2013
Finally so many tracks I was looking for in stereo are here! Really a great album. You will enjoy it.
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