The Very Best of Dusty Springfield [Mercury]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mercury records, which controls the Phillips records catalog, has compiled this Dusty Springfield set by referring to Springfield's U.K. and U.S. chart successes from 1964 to 1967, then licensing her two biggest hits for Atlantic records, "Son of a Preacher Man" and "A Brand New Me." The result, in terms of song selection, is an excellent 20-song, 57-minute disc that includes most of her best-known material. The major omission is "The Windmills of Your Mind," a U.S. Top 40 hit, which was on Atlantic. The more questionable elements on the album are the sequencing and the choice of mono and stereo takes. These problems are interrelated: if the compilation producer had ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mercury records, which controls the Phillips records catalog, has compiled this Dusty Springfield set by referring to Springfield's U.K. and U.S. chart successes from 1964 to 1967, then licensing her two biggest hits for Atlantic records, "Son of a Preacher Man" and "A Brand New Me." The result, in terms of song selection, is an excellent 20-song, 57-minute disc that includes most of her best-known material. The major omission is "The Windmills of Your Mind," a U.S. Top 40 hit, which was on Atlantic. The more questionable elements on the album are the sequencing and the choice of mono and stereo takes. These problems are interrelated: if the compilation producer had opted for a chronological sequencing, the drastic aural differences between the early mono tracks and the later gimmicky, extreme and, in at least one case, apparently fake stereo tracks would not have been such a constant distraction to the listener. So many tracks, even from as late as 1967, are in mono, that you wonder why they didn't just make the whole album mono. And Springfield's stylistic evolution would have been more coherent, too. Why, for example, put the 1968 "Son of a Preacher Man" its full stereo, American R&B-style glory, as the fifth track, then follow it with the 1964 "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," in boxy mono with orchestral accompaniment? Of course, you can re-sequence the album on your CD player, but you shouldn't have to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731455820829
  • Catalog Number: 558208
  • Sales rank: 32,686

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dusty Springfield Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Ray Stevens Conductor
Peter Knight Conductor
Reg Guest Conductor
Wally Stott Conductor
Technical Credits
Ray Stevens Arranger
Burt Bacharach Composer
Simon Napier-Bell Composer
Herb Bernstein Director, Producer, Audio Production
Roland Chambers Producer
Hal David Composer
Ugene Dozier Producer
Pino Donaggio Composer
Tom Dowd Producer, Audio Production
Buddy Kaye Composer
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Arif Mardin Producer, Audio Production
Terry Noonan Director
Jerry Ragovoy Producer
Ivor Raymonde Director
Shelby Singleton Producer
Tom Springfield Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer, Audio Production
Vicki Wickham Composer
John Franz Audio Production
Keith Mansfield Director
Mike Gill Contributor
Beatrice Verdi Composer
Giuseppe Donaggio Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
Vito Pallavicini Composer
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