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Album Review

This 18-song collection would appear to be a bit of a no-brainer, but it took until 2002 for it to show up, which only demonstrates how totally clueless the previous managements of Philips/Mercury or whatever the label was calling itself at the time were. Opening with Dusty Springfield's cover of the Supremes' "When the Love Light Starts Shining Thru His Eyes," the songs cross several decades of releases, though stick principally to the 1960s and early '70s, when Springfield was in top voice. The result might just as easily be called "the best of the best" of Dusty Springfield, with state-of-the-art sound as well, using the best masters as they existed circa 2003; and if the annotation is minimal, this is music that can easily speak for itself, and loudly — her rendition of "Mr. Dream Merchant" is worth the price of admission by itself, for those who haven't heard it. Oh, and this is one European release that won't be showing up in the U.S. as a domestic release, owing to the split in ownership of Springfield's masters in the U.S. after 1969.


Born: 16 April 1939 in Hampstead, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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, the sultry intimacy and heartbreaking urgency of Springfield's voice transcended image and fashion, embracing...
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