Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970

Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970

by Dusty SpringfieldDusty Springfield


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It's practically a cliché to say that Dusty Springfield was the greatest white soul singer to ever come out of the U.K., but like most clichés, it's a commonplace wisdom that's based in an obvious fact. While most blue-eyed soul belters sounded as if they were determined to worry a song into submission though brute force and melismatic torture, Springfield's gift was a superb instrument and the wisdom to do its work with a careful balance of emotional force and instinctive restraint (perhaps the product of her fondness for jazz and smart pop as well as rock and R&B). Springfield was also a gifted songwriter who was a shrewd judge of material, and she knew how to match her voice to either Phil Spector-esque bombast or a more subtle and elegant production, and anyone looking for a perspective on just how sure Springfield's instincts in the studio were should give a listen to this set. Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970 is just what its title says it is -- every U.K. single Dusty released during this eight-year stretch is included (except for a stray Yuletide release), with all the A-sides on disc one and the flip sides on disc two (except for the B-side to "Morning Please Don't Come," which was a solo track from her brother Tom Springfield and subsequently left by the wayside). The consistent quality of these recordings is truly a wonder -- there are no throwaway B-sides, no major artistic missteps, and every tune appears to been crafted as if Springfield and her studio helpers were convinced it could be a hit (and in a wiser alternate universe, perhaps they all were). While American fans will notice that a number of Springfield's biggest U.S. hits are missing (remarkably, "I Only Want to Be with You," "Wishin' and Hopin'," and "All Cried Out" were never released as singles in Great Britain), as a document of Dusty performing at the top of her game during her golden era, this set is all but flawless, assembled with care and boasting superb audio, and anyone who loves her music will find much to revel in. Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne contributes a fine and informative essay on Dusty Springfield in the 1960s to the liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602498385289
catalogNumber: 9838528
Rank: 5297

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dusty Springfield   Primary Artist
Peter Knight   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor
Wally Stott   Conductor
Paul Kelly   Lauto
Bobby Richards   Musical Direction

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Dusty Springfield   Composer,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Madeline Bell   Composer
Lesley Duncan   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Roland Chambers   Composer,Producer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ugene Dozier   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Arnold Goland   Composer
Reg Guest   Direction
Isaac Hayes   Composer
John Hurley   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Ivor Raymonde   Composer,Direction
Tom Springfield   Composer
Marcel Stellman   Producer
Derek Wadsworth   Direction
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Ronnie Wilkins   Composer
Georges Garvarentz   Composer
John Franz   Producer
Keith Mansfield   Direction
Wally Stott   Direction
Amedeo Tommasi   Composer
Mike Shapiro   Composer
Dan White   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Theresa Bell   Composer
Beatrice Verdi   Composer
Clive Westlake   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Bob Stanley   Liner Notes
Mike Hawker   Composer
Harry Middlebrooks   Composer

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