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Album Review

If you overlook the title track, a pop hit in the manner of "Stay Awhile" et al, this is Springfield's best R&B album of her early career. "Won't Be Long" shows Springfield as a soul-shouter par excellence, now with the backing to match, a reasonable fascimile of an authentic American sound, and she alternates with her softer ballad singing. But whether she's covering songs by Goffin-King ("Oh No! Not My Baby," "I Can't Hear You"), Burt Bacharach ("Long After Tonight Is Over"), Randy Newman ("I've Been Wrong Before"), or Ragavoy and Russell ("It Was Easier to Hurt Him"), she makes it come out in her most alluring R&B style. There are a few breaks in the mood, like a less than compelling "La Bamba" and a rendition of "Who Can I Turn To" that's close in spirit to Dionne Warwick at her poppiest, but generally Springfield is consistently superb here, even elevating Rod Argent's "If It Don't Work Out" in an achingly soulful rendition. The 1999 Mercury reissue contains a trio of tracks never before issued in the U.S. "Doodlin'" and "Packin' Up" are lively enough, and the latter features an uncredited guitar solo, a first on a Springfield record and a fine counterpoint to her lusty, shouted performance, but the real jewel is her poignant, lyrical rendition of "That's How Heartaches Are Made."

Customer Reviews

Beautiful!!

This is one of my favorite Dusty albums. It's cool and sophisticated and still not dated, with some fabulous bluesy ballads mixed in with some great faster pop songs. Dusty knows a good song when she hears it, and her haunting voice is what makes this record truly spectacular. Her deliciously fun 'mod talk' on Doodlin', the very bluesy 'I Had a Talk..', the southern feel from 'Packin' Up', to the soft sadness of 'That's How Heartaches..', this is a stellar record and a must have for Dusty fans!

American Reconfiguration

This cd in England, and the official title, is "Everything's Coming Up Dusty". This American version features track selections from other albums including the title track "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me;" the portrait of Dusty is the same shot for both versions of this cd. While this cd contains many Dusty standards and I love them all, her version of "Who Can I Turn To" is stunning. Another cover Dusty recorded along the same vein is "If You Go Away." Really worth seeking that one out. I really wish Dusty's catalog in it's entirity with all original track listing intact was available here on our side of the Atlantic and on iTunes, I am happy some of her output along with fellow Brit Cliff Richard is available here, both performers were, and are, sadly overlooked.

Biography

Born: April 16, 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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