Beautiful Soul: The ABC/Dunhill Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's Beautiful Soul: The ABC/Dunhill Collection is an exhaustive retrospective of Dusty Springfield's early-'70s stint at Dunhill records, containing the entirety of the 1973 Cameo album, plus all the completed material from the unreleased 1974 album, Longing. After she signed to Dunhill in 1972, Springfield relocated to California to cut the material, and, appropriately these are Californian productions of their time, filled with studio pros Larry Carlton, Hal Blaine, Bernard Purdie, Joe Venuto, a warm lush production, and soft rock, written by such songwriters as Alan O'Day, David Gattes, Melissa Manchester, and Ashford and Simpson. In other words, this is ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's Beautiful Soul: The ABC/Dunhill Collection is an exhaustive retrospective of Dusty Springfield's early-'70s stint at Dunhill records, containing the entirety of the 1973 Cameo album, plus all the completed material from the unreleased 1974 album, Longing. After she signed to Dunhill in 1972, Springfield relocated to California to cut the material, and, appropriately these are Californian productions of their time, filled with studio pros Larry Carlton, Hal Blaine, Bernard Purdie, Joe Venuto, a warm lush production, and soft rock, written by such songwriters as Alan O'Day, David Gattes, Melissa Manchester, and Ashford and Simpson. In other words, this is not the Dusty of Dusty in Memphis and A Brand New Me, although a cover of Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" has an appropriate Southern flair and Ashford & Simpson's "I Just Wanna Be There" is smoothly seductive. All this means that some fans will not warm to this and, admittedly, some of the music is a little slight, but it works on two different levels. First, it's simply a good pop artifact, evoking its era with high-class performances and classy productions, appealing to the kind of listener that finds "Learn to Say Goodbye"'s status as the theme from the ABC Movie of the Week Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole to be a virtue. More importantly, this finds Springfield exploring more adventurous material, particularly on Longing, where she tackles Janis Ian's "In the Winter" and Margie Adams' lesbian love song, "Beautiful Soul." Therefore, this compilation winds up being as a historical exercise, both for Springfield diehards and early-'70s fanatics, but it'll please both camps equally, since they'll both find its flaws somewhat charming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 008811247720
  • Catalog Number: 112477

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dusty Springfield Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Melissa Manchester Keyboards, Background Vocals
Barry Manilow Keyboards
Larry Carlton Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion
Paul Humphrey Drums
Gary Chester Drums
Clydie King Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Renee Armand Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Ben Benay Guitar
David Cohen Guitar
Joe d'Elia Keyboards
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Gordon Edwards Bass
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Ron Frangipane Keyboards
Steve Gadd Drums
Russell George Bass
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson Drums
Gail Kantor Background Vocals
Dennis Lambert Keyboards
Michael Lang Keyboards
Barry Lazarowitz Drums
Sherlie Mathews Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Merle Miller Background Vocals
Michael Omartian Keyboards
Frank Owens Keyboards
Brian Potter Percussion
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Sid Sharp Concert Master
Garry Sherman Keyboards
David Snyder Guitar
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Tee Keyboards
Christie Thompson Background Vocals
Myrna Mathews Background Vocals
Joe Venuto Percussion
Judy Thomas Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Melissa Manchester Liner Notes
Barry Manilow Liner Notes
Brooks Arthur Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Barri Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ron Frangipane Arranger
Howard Gale Engineer
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements
Phil Kaye Engineer
Dennis Lambert Producer, Audio Production
Michael Omartian Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Brian Potter Producer, Audio Production
Garry Sherman Arranger
Jim Pierson Liner Notes
Ruby Mazur Concept
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Mario Panzeri Composer
Willie Hutchison Composer
Margaret Adam Composer
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