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"...I Only Want To Be With You..." - Complete A And B Sides 1963-1970 by DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (2006 2CD Mono Remasters)
on 29 November 2014
A clever idea and a superb compilation - compiled with affection by BOB STANLEY of SAINT ETINNE - this remastered 41-track 2CD 'Archive Series' retrospective pretty much does what it says on the tin. It lumps together in one cheap and cheerful package all of Dusty Springfield's British 45's on Philips from 1963 right through to 1970. You get the original MONO mixes with the A-sides on Disc 1 and the B's on Disc 2. Here are the Mary Quant mascara lines, Carnaby Street short skirts and perfectly coiffed hairdos...
Released July 2006 - "Complete A And B Sides 1963-1970" is on Mercury/Eclipse Archive Series 0-06024-9838528-9 (Barcode 602498385289) and breaks down as follows:
Disc 1 - The A-Sides - 59:26 minutes:
1. I Only Want To Be With You (November 1963, Philips BF 1292, A)
2. Stay Awhile (February 1964, Philips BF 1313, A)
3. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (June 1964, Philips BF 1348, A)
4. Losing You (October 1964, Philips BF 1369, A)
5. Your Hurtin' Kinda Love (February 1965, Philips BF 1396, A)
6. In The Middle Of Nowhere (June 1965, Philips BF 1418, A)
7. Some Of Your Lovin' (September 1965, Philips BF 1430, A)
8. Little By Little (January 1966, Philips BF 1466, A)
9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (March 1966, Philips BF 1482, A)
10. Goin' Back (July 1966, Philips BF 1502, A)
11. All I See Is You (September 1966, Philips BF 1510, A)
12. I'll Try Anything (February 1967, Philips BF 1553, A)
13. Give Me Time (May 1967, Philips BF 1577, A)
14. What's It Gonna Be? (September 1967, Philips BF 1608, A)
15. I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten (June 1968, Philips BF 1682, A)
16. I Will Come To You (September 1968, Philips BF 1706, A)
17. Son-Of-A Preacher Man (November 1968, Philips BF 1730, A)
18. And I The Same Girl (September 1969, Philips BF 1811, A)
19. Brand New Me (November 1969, Philips BF 1826, A)
20. Morning Please Don't Come (February 1970, Philips BF 1835, A)
21. How Can I Be Sure (September 1970, Philips 6006 045, A)
Note: "Morning Please Don't Come" credited to Dusty and Tom Springfield
Disc 2 - The B-Sides - 52:11 minutes:
1. Once Upon A Time
2. Something Special
3. My Colouring Book
4. Summer Is Over
5. Don't Say It Baby
6. Baby Don't You Know
7. I'll Love You For A While
8. If It Hadn't Been For You
9. Every Ounce Of Strength
10. I'm Gonna Leave You
11. Go Ahead On
12. The Corrupt Ones
13. The Look Of Love
14. Small Town Girl
15. No Stranger Am I
16. The Colour Of Your Eyes
17. Just A Little Lovin'
18. Earthbound Gypsy
19. Bad Case Of The Blues
Tracks 1 to 20 above are the B-sides of 1 to 19 and 21 on Disc 1. The B-side of Track 20 on Disc 1 is called "Charley" and is a Tom Springfield solo number - hence it's not included on this compilation.
The 16-page booklet has great Bob Stanley liner notes, period photos of our hero in black and white and colour (the centre shot is a winner), trade adverts, rare picture sleeves and tracks lists (without discography). It doesn't say who remastered the tracks - but the project was co-ordinated by DARYL EASLEA who is a name familiar to me (he's done loads of compilations for Universal) - and these Mono mixes pack a punch. It has to be said they take some getting used to after all these years of Stereo versions - but this set is aimed at collectors - and the original mixes are unavailable to my knowledge anywhere else - so a job well done.
Once you get past the overly-familiar hits - "I Only Want To Be With You", "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" (and their laden Phil Spector productions) - you start to hit those lesser heard nuggets like the Bacharach/David vibe of "Losing You" and the gorgeous Goffin/King classics "Goin' Back" and "Some Of Your Lovin'" - all of them imbibed with a wonderful soulfulness. There's clever lyrical spats too in "I'm in the middle of nowhere...getting nowhere with you..." - while big hankies and even bigger strings dominate the likes of "All I See Is You", "Give Me Time" and "I Can Close My Eyes And Count To Ten" - pleading tearjerkers par excellence (most written by Clive Westlake).
Musical change was on the horizon - and wisely Dusty moved forward. There's a better groove to the Jerry Ragovoy-penned "What's It Gonna Be?" - but the masterpiece here is of course "Son-Of-A Preacher Man". The strings are gone - the kitchen-sink melodrama ditched - smartly replaced with slinky keys and the Memphis Horns. I must admit that after years of hearing Rhino STEREO versions - the Mono mix feels a tad bare - but the `punch' is still as great and the song just never dates. We get a fabulous cover of "Am I The Same Girl" -a song made famous by Barbara Acklin on Brunswick in March 1969. "Am I The Same Girl" (penned in part by Eugene Record of The Chi-Lites) is a vocal version of a superb instrumental "Soulful Strut" released December 1968 on Brunswick by The Young-Holt Unlimited. Dusty takes that great soulful groove and gives it a British Female Voice - seduction and class effortlessly combined.
There's a Northern Soul strut to both "Little By Little" and "What's It Gonna Be" (sought after singles for this reason). A good choice is Jerry Butler's "A Brand New Me" which Aretha would also cover on her "Young, Gifted & Black" album on Atlantic in 1972. Dusty keeps that same easy Soulful feel - lovely stuff. Things go all Folk with "Morning Please Don't Come" - credited to Dusty and Tom Springfield (written by Tom) - it more wimp than champ. Disc 1 ends on a far better note (and beautiful production) - "How Can I Be Sure" has an accordion in Paris vibe and makes you wonder will this catchy ditty turn up in a movie real soon.
Her own composition "Something Special" is the first of many discoveries on the B-Sides Disc 2. We get all Dixie Cups with "Baby Don't You Know" featuring a great vocal from Dusty - but seeming to suit her style - we get a Goffin/King mid-tempo bopper "I'll Love You For A While" that lifts proceedings considerably. Soul fans will love the Cropper/Hayes/Porter composition "Every Ounce Of Strength" while "I'm Gonna Leave You" is the kind of classy flip you'd expect from a classy lady (it was also an early songwriting credit for Lesley Duncan). Written by Madeline Bell and Dusty - the Motownesque "Go Ahead On" has long been a dancehall B-side killer. Bacharach's "The Look Of Love" is typically gorgeous while "The Colour Of Your Eyes" is probably the loveliest inclusion here. "Just A Little Lovin' (Early In The Morning)" is the ace B-side of a "Son-Of-A Preacher Man" making for a perfect 45. Best is kept until last - a slinky cover of "Spooky" - the 1968 Classics IV hit.
To the point, well remastered and tastefully presented - and best of all - less than a five spot from most retailers. Quality and quantity - and I'll wash my highlights in that sink any day of the week...