Sweet Charlie

Dusty Springfield. Brand New Me. Complete Philadelphia Sessions

Long thought to be erased and lost forever, Real Gone Music have re-discovered Dusty's recording of 'Sweet Charlie'! To be released July 7, 2017 on The Complete Philadelphia Sessions - A Brand New Me (Expanded Edition).

A Very Fine Love (Expanded Collector's Edition)

A Very Fine Love (Expanded Collectors Edition). Dusty Springfield

CD&DVD set released by boutique label Sfe. This edition includes two bonus tracks, variant versions of lead single 'Wherever Would I Be'; an original Dusty solo version and the more A.O.R. tinged guitar led 'Walter A. Mix' which was aimed at the American market.

A Little Piece Of My Heart: The Essential Dusty Springfield

A Little Piece Of My Heart: The Essential Dusty Springfield

3 CD box set released by Spectrum Audio. Customer reviews on Amazon reveal that although buyers already have most of the songs, they still buy the set to have in the car, due to the reasonable price. And, not least, to have Dusty with them, always & everywhere!

Dusty re-enters iTunes charts

Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man enters iTunes charts.

We have yet to investigate why, but we're pleasantly surprised Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man has re-entered the iTunes charts. Today, it's on no. 31, and on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts, it's even higher, on no. 4!!! Way to go!

Reputation Expanded Collector's Ed.

Dusty Springfield Reputation Expanded Collector's Edition

Simon Bell reports on dustyday.co.uk that a Reputation Special Edition will be re-issued in August. Simon's recollection from the recording sessons feature in the booklet of the CD.
This 3-disc collector’s edition includes the original album, all known extended versions and remixes, the B-sides from the singles released from it and the promotional videos of those singles on a DVD.

Happy birthday, Burt Bacharach!

Happy birthday, Burt Bacharach! Thank you for all those wonderful songs, and for making magical music with Dusty!

Tom Goss - Son of a Preacherman

Tom Goss. Son of a preacher man.

Tom Goss offers a new, and different take on Dusty Springfield's classic song Son of a Preacherman. His video features two teenage boys who fall in love despite their anti-gay surroundings. Watch the video here.

Just Dusty for Mother's Day

Just Dusty

Wondering what to get your Mum for Mother's Day? This YouTube clip has a suggestion! (Hint: It might involve a Dusty Springfield CD...)

Dusty Springfield: Come for a Dream

Dusty Springfield Come for a dream The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971 Real Gone Music

News from Real Gone Music, the label who gave us 'Faithful' earlier this year.

During her 1968-1971 period with Atlantic Records in the United States, Dusty Springfield also continued to record material in England, where her Atlantic repertoire was released on Philips Records. In turn, Atlantic received rights to issue Dusty's British recordings from the era, but chose to focus entirely on her American sessions. In fact, it wasn’t until the ‘90s that some of these masters (many of which originally came out on the Philips See All Her Faces album overseas) were available Stateside, but they were scattered across several compilations and were never comprehensively assembled.

Longing on Grooveshark

Dusty Springfield Longing 1974

Acoustically polished versions of Dusty Springfield's aborted album Longing from 1974 can now be heard on Grooveshark. They are called "2001 US mixes", plus a couple "bonus" 1995 UK mixes. They have been uploaded by "Smash Records".

Corner of the Sky is the 2007 duet with Petula Clark though. So it seems user "Smash Records" didn't have a proper tape for this song.

What a wonderful effort! And even though the individual songs have been released on Simply Dusty (2000) and Beautiful Soul: The ABC Dunhill Collection (2001), it would be great if someone could give this album a proper release ...

Dusty Springfield - Faithful

Dusty Springfield Faithful Real Gone Music

Dusty Springfield's Faithful album has long been one of her fan community's secret treasures. Faithful, highly praised and thought of as being in the same league as Dusty in Memphis (released in 1968), was recorded in New York in 1971 with producer Jeff Barry. Unfortunately, it failed to ever be released as a long play record. Not until 1999 were all tracks from the album released, as a bonus on Rhino's Dusty in Memphis Deluxe Edition. But finally, thanks to Real Gone Music, the album will at last see the light of day on April 7, 2015. Together with liner notes, rare photos and beautiful artwork, Faithful is something to look forward to! Read more on Real Gone Music.

Starbucks Compilation

Dusty Starbucks compilation

Starbucks have released a compilation of Dusty tracks in their Opus Collection series. Serious fans will not be impressed by the track compilation, which has no surprises, but it’s a nice introduction for anyone who might not be very familiar with Dusty’s music. The CD also features a 24 page full colour booklet with an introductory text written by Steven Stolder, who also is the producer of the compilation. Go to the Starbucks Store website for more information.

I Only Want To Be With You - 50th anniversary

I Only Want To Be With You

50 years ago, on the 8th of November, 1963, Dusty's first solo single was released - I Only Want To Be With You.

The release of this single marks the beginning of Dusty's career as a solo artist, having been a member of The Lana Sisters and The Springfields previously. An instant hit, I Only Want To Be With You reached #4 in the British charts. Dusty performed it for the first time on Ready Steady Go! on November 16, 1963.

Here's Dusty on the Ed Sullivan Show  from May 10, 1964.

Goin' Back - The Definitive Dusty Springfield

goinbackThe song that totally blew me away was when the cd opened with Can't We Be Friends. When Dusty came in on her part..I was slayed by her vocals..I had never heard her sing like that..she sounds like Ella F. ... For me this song alone was worth the whole package...

Considering that the video masters to Decidedly Dusty have not been recovered, the sound quality of those audio-only live performances is particularly impressive. They must have been remastered using some state-of-the-art technology because the clarity really deserves mention.

With my new speakers I can’t wait to hear the stripped back Goin’ Back and I have tissues at the ready.

It's really heavy!

I can honestly say that I love the colour!

'Angel of the morning' is stunning.

The pleasure gained from hearing her voice in something new, a nugget to treasure is far more important to me than the bloody colour of its box.

I can sit and listen to (and watch) her for hours. She amazes me.

It's gorgeously packaged, and there's more than enough goodies (especially on the DVD end) to make it a worthy purchase...but it's definitely not "definitive". One query I have is that in the few words that are written on the disc sleeve it states that it contains an abandoned song from the 'White Heat' sessions. Well it sadly does not!

(Information from Universal:
The song was "I've Loved You Somewhere Before"; it wasn’t felt to be of a sufficient standard to release. It was completely removed from the annotations and CD, but a reference to it was unfortunately not removed from the CD case. Apologies for any confusion.)

My other two favourites on the Rarities CD are "Chained To A Memory" and "I've Got A Good Thing". I love the way she phrases here and I think I like this version of CTAM even more than the version from Where Am I Going.

The only live track on here that doesn't work for me personally, is I Say A Little Prayer. Only really because I know Dusty could have recorded a fantastic version under different circumstances.

I love hearing so much of her voice [on Goin’ Back] without it being drowned out, but it's not for the faint hearted.

For me, leaving out the Longing songs, or some of them, is a sadness. I just think that those songs are so precious and belong in this overview of Dusty's career.

The Springfields shows were so funny as they were so old fashioned and stilted. I saw all these as a young girl and loved them then and I still do today.

canvasprintI am well pissed off because the promised canvas print is missing!

What puzzles me is the inclusion on CD of tracks from the 1966/67 Dusty TV series as these are also on the set on DVD.

The medley with Mel Torme is a highlight, probably my favourite of all her duets, she's so comfortable.... and so is he.

I know I'm being duped by Universal for buying stuff I've already got but I can't resist owning it.

I have to say that I think the stuff up on deliveries and production (if that's what it is) is such a shame. They obviously misjudged her popularity! Hopefully "I've Loved You Somewhere Before" will turn up on a future release, since there were songs like "Sweet Inspiration" and "O-O-H Child" which were deemed "unworthy" for inclusion on sets like Something Special or Simply Dusty but later turned up on sets like Dusty In London and Love Songs.

These live performances are just so amazing, they make me want to hustle everyone to listen to them!

Sadly nothing from White Heat is there, nor is See All Her Faces, Cameo, or Longing or It Begins Again. The only representation of a 15 year period is two non-album singles that were movie themes. "I Believe In You" really does sound soulful as anything with just Dusty's voice in the mix. Tonight I had a chance to watch the Springfields on the DVD. I'm glad they included this. It was nice to hear Tom and Tim's voice solo. I was thinking my gosh how she changed in just a couple of years. She only showed a glimpse of her abilities when she was with the boys.

We don't have a visual for Windmills of Your Mind unfortunately but what a fabulous performance. She once said that she hit notes on Dusty in Memphis that she doubted she could ever reach again, but she did here. My lovely edition is sitting very comfortably among the remaining big Christmas chocolate boxes that still remain. Somehow it looks like the right place to keep it for now. What blows me away is how mature she sounds on the teenage stuff and how distinctive she was. It's her sense of pitch that really gets to me. A true musician through and through.

Tris Penna did a stunning job, especially on Goin' Back. It's hard to improve on perfection but when that voice comes in with no music it's just magic. I love everything about the set, it’s so touchy feely and I think it’s quite glamorous too, it does miss that image on the front of the box though, that would have finished it off nicely.

Love Songs

lovesongsThe Look Of Love
Am I The Same Girl
Morning Please Don't Come (featuring Tom Springfield)
The Richest Girl Alive
Summer Love
Bring Him Back
The Colour Of Your Eyes
Sweet Lover No More
Mr. Dream Merchant
Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do
Oooh Child
Son Of A Preacher Man
Something For Nothing
Spooky
Meditation (Medicatao)
Goodbye (Go My Love)

(release date: 16 January 2001)

Read the review by Jeffery Smith (click on the Read More button) 

A Very Fine Love

A Very Fine LoveRoll Away
Very Fine Love
Wherever Would I Be (duet with Daryl Hall)
Go Easy On Me
You Are The Storm
I Can't Help The Way I Don't Feel
All I Have To Offer You Is Love
Lovin' Proof
Old Habits Die Hard
Where Is A Woman To Go

(release date: 16 June 1995)
Highest chart entry: 43 (CIN), non-entry (NME)

Reputation

ReputationReputation
Send It To Me
Arrested By You
Time Waits For No One
Born This Way
In Private
Daydreaming
Nothing Has Been Proved
I Want To Stay Here
Occupy Your Mind

(release date: 25 June 1990)
awarded a Silver Disc in July 1990
Highest chart entry: 18 (CIN), 16 (NME)

White Heat

White HeatDonnez Moi (Give It To Me)
I Don't Think We Could Ever Be Friends
Blind Sheep
Don't Call It Love
Time and Time Again
I Am Curious
Sooner Or Later
Losing You
Gotta Get Used To You
Soft Core

(released w/e 4 December 1982)

Living Without Your Love

Living Without Your LoveYou've Really Got A Hold On Me
You Can Do It
Be Somebody
Closet Man
Living Without Your Love
Save Me, Save Me
Get Yourself To Love
I Just Fall In Love Again
Dream On
I'm Coming Home Again

(release date: 16 March 1979)
Highest chart entry: non-entry (CIN), non-entry (NME)

It Begins Again

It Begins AgainTurn Me Around
Checkmate
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love
A Love Like Yours
Love Me By Name
Sandra
I Found Love With You
Hollywood Movie Girls
That's The Kind of Love I've Got For You

(release date: 10 February 1978)
Highest chart entry: 41 (CIN), non-entry (NME)

Longing

LongingExclusively For Me
Beautiful Soul
Home To Myself
Angels
Corner Of The Sky
In The Winter
Make The Man Love Me
I Am Your Child
Turn Me Around
A Love Like Yours

(recorded 1974, unissued)

Cameo

CameoWho Gets Your Love?
Breakin' Up A Happy Home
Easy Evil
Mama's Little Girl
The Other Side of Life
Comin' and Goin'
I Just Wanna Be There
Who Could Be Loving You Other Than Me
Tupelo Honey
Of All The Things
Learn To Say Goodbye

(release date: 11 May 1973)
Highest chart entry: non-entry (CIN), non-entry (NME)

See All Her Faces

See All Her FacesMixed Up Girl
Crumbs Off the Table
Let Me Down Easy
Come For A Dream
Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do
I Start Counting
Yesterday When I Was Young
Girls It Ain't Easy
What Good Is I Love You?
Willie and Laura Mae Jones
Someone Who Cares
Nothing Is Forever
See All Her Faces
That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)

(release date: 10 November 1972)
Highest chart entry: non-entry (CIN), non-entry (NME)

Faithful

I Believe In You
I'll Be Faithful
All The King's Horses
Someone Who Cares
Make It With You
Love Shine Down
Haunted
Natchez Trace
Live Here With You
Have A Good Life Baby
You've Got a Friend
I Found My Way (a.k.a. I Found My Way Through The Darkness)
Nothing Is Forever

(Recorded from January to June 1971, unissued, no known cover artwork)

From Dusty...With Love

From Dusty with loveLost
Bad Case of the Blues
Never Love Again
Let Me Get In Your Way
Let's Get Together Soon
Brand New Me
Joe
Silly, Silly Fool
The Star of My Show
Let's Talk It Over

(release date: 10 April 1970)
Highest chart entry: 35 (CIN), non-entry (NME)

Dusty in Memphis

Dusty in MemphisJust A Little Lovin' (Early In The Mornin')
So Much Love
Son-of-a Preacher Man
I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
Don't Forget About Me
Breakfast In Bed
Just One Smile
The Windmills of Your Mind
In the Land of Make Believe
No Easy Way Down
I Can't Make It Alone

(release date: 18 April 1969)
Highest chart entry: non-entry (CIN*), 14 (NME)
* official album chart recognised by the music industry temporarily limited to Top 15 at
time of release