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|Genre:||British Invasion, Oldies|
1. I Only Want to Be With You
2. Wishin' and Hopin'
3. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
4. Stay Awhile
5. Son of a Preacher Man
6. I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
7. What's It Gonna Be
8. All Cried Out
9. In the Middle of Nowhere
10. All I See Is You
11. The Look of Love
12. Little by Little
13. I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten
14. Some of Your Lovin'
15. I'll Try Anything
16. Losing You
17. Guess Who?
18. A Brand New Me
19. Give Me Time
20. Goin' Back
|Playing Time:||56 min.|
|Contributing Artists:||Ray Stevens|
|Producer:||Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Shelby Singleton Jr., Jerry Ragovoy, John Franz, Bas Hartong (Compilation), Herb Bernstein, Roland Chambers, Ugene Dozier|
Personnel: Dusty Springfield (vocals); Ivor Raymonde, Ray Stevens.Directors: Ivor Raymonde; Herb Bernstein; Terry Noonan; Keith Mansfield.Photographer: Juliet Brightmore.Unknown Contributor Role: Mike Gill.Arranger: Ray Stevens.The title may be a tad deceptive--one of Dusty Springfield's most memorable records, a gorgeous take on Arthur Alexander's Southern soul classic "Every Day I Have to Cry" is mysteriously missing--but this is nonetheless one of the best single disc anthologies of her work. Arranged in more or less chronological order, it runs the gamut from the exuberant pure pop of "I Only Want to Be With You," through the proto-power ballad "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," to "A Brand New Me," her last American hit.Some of the lesser known tracks are also revelatory--in the Spector-esque "Stay Awhile" Springfield overdubs herself into a one-woman version of the Ronettes. Her version of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" has often been performed by Elvis Costello.
Most relevant reviews
- akersandacresApr 7, 2015by
Played More Often Than Any CD In My Collection
All of Dusty's very best on one CD can be a good excuse for wearing out the disc with repeat plays... again and again. There will never be another Dusty Springfield. This collection is a must-have for all her fans or music lovers who just want to experience the most powerful, unique and fabulous voice ever recorded.
- lwoshsiehApr 5, 2014by
I have been listening to Springfield's song since my high school days in the early 1960s, and I like this CD which contains most of my favorates. Recording quality is near perfect, lots of good songs and memory...
- allanbloomApr 2, 2008by
The Very Best of Dusty Springfield (Mercury CD 1998)
I bought "The Very Best of Dusty Springfield" (Mercury CD 1998)
because our collection of popular music from the 1960s didn't
include her work. With 20 Billboard singles and eight albums,
Ms Springfield was a major influence on the music of the era.
This particular compilation album was given five stars from
allmusic.com, so I sought it.
I agree with the allmusic reviewer that the music is excellent,
but the track organization is a bit weird. Mono and stereo tracks
are mixed wily-nilly, and Ms Springfield's development as a singer
would have been more apparent had the tracks been in chronological
order. A critical listener might want to load the tracks into iTunes or
something similar, rearrange the tracks, and burn a revised CD.