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An essential collection of Dusty magic indeed - many exclusive tracks and live gems,
This review is from: The Magic Of Dusty Springfield (MP3 Download)This 92 track compilation has many stellar moments. Not only do you get all the essential Dusty hits, but also key tracks from her days with The Springfields, plus a number of alternate take vocals and stripped down mixes that showcase Dusty's mesmerizing voice. However, the real cream of this Dusty crop is CD3 which contains live performances from Dusty's three BBC television series and a promotional performance from TOTP in 1979.
It is widely known that the BBC wiped a great deal of their television archives prior to the dawn of home video in the 1970s. Sadly, many of their magnificent musical variety shows are indefinitely missing as a result. They have managed to locate select programs that were transmitted abroad (including half of Dusty's first series and the entirety of her second series) but the eight episodes of Decidedly Dusty have yet to be recovered. Therefore, it is nothing short of amazing that this collection features six performances from this series, with sound quality that is impressively clear and vibrant for what may in fact be "bootleg" sourced recordings from 1969. It is difficult to put into words the joy of hearing what were thought to be "lost" moments in an illustrious career like Dusty's. Her "Soul Medley" is over eight minutes of bliss. Had she made a studio recording for "Angel Of The Morning" it surely would have been one of her greatest hits. Her falsetto is wonderfully flaunted on "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - and her "Dustyisms" are in full effect on "I Say A Little Prayer" (both Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick would likely applaud her rendition).
The Magic Of Dusty Springfield is not to be missed. Here's to hoping that we get to uncover more Dusty gems from the official vaults with future releases.