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Britain's greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara, ... Read more in Amazon's Dusty Springfield Store

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  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000HZET
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
2. This Girl's In Love With You
3. How Can I Be Sure
4. Mixed Up Girl
5. I Will Come To You
6. I Only Wanna Laugh
7. A Song For You
8. Crumbs Off The Table
9. Let Me Down Easy
10. Who (Will Take My Place)
11. Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone
12. Yesterday When I Was Young
13. I Start Counting
14. See All Her Faces
15. Wasn't Born To Follow
16. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
17. Love Power
18. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
19. Morning
20. Girls It Ain't Easy
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Despite the Dusty in Memphis-lookalike packaging, this is actually not a unified album, rather a new collection of old stuff, recorded between 1968 and 1971 but never released in America until now. Springfield had outgrown the innocence of her girl-group-style material, and she was trying to find a path between her heavily orchestrated British hits and the earthier sound--and more adventurous songwriting--she'd taken on with Memphis, and she stretches out in all directions here. There are more than a few syrupy overarrangements, but also some fabuloums experiments, including covers of Rascals and Leon Russell songs that let her sensitivity to lyrics shine, and a harrowing, uncertain take on "Piece of My Heart." --Douglas Wolk

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2000
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Don't be put off by sceptics who tell you to give this wonderful collection a miss. This may not be the Dusty American listeners are used to and know and love, but for my money, it's every bit as good. In these latter day British recordings (1968-72) with the Philips label, you get to "see all her faces". Displaying her incredible versatility, you get to sample Dusty not only in lounge mode (ie, as a chanteuse) but as soul mistress and pop/rock stylist (British style). These tracks, extracted mainly from "Dusty Definitely (1968) and "See All Her Faces" (1972), stand tall as monuments of her recording history with the British label. Pity Rhino chose not to showcase them (including the UK recorded tracks from SAHF) in their entirety or in their original running order. We have to wait for the omissions - all excellent - to show up in future compilations promised by Rhino. For those already familiar with these UK albums, there is a special treat in the previously unreleased "Sweet Inspiration" which is pure bubblegum transformed into a tasteful slice of soul that's distinctively Dusty. Listening to this great collection only makes the need for Mercury UK to release these albums in their original formats all the more pressing. In my opinion, it's totally wrongheaded and arrogant for uninformed Stateside critics to dismiss Dusty's Philips recordings as supperclub styled or lightweight compared to her more serious soul offerings with the Atlantic label. Listeners will discover in these tracks the other side to Dusty that has made her the much loved singer she is with the British public. This brand new Dusty (to Americans) is someone you want to get to know. Trust me. Tune in and enjoy !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Sittig on October 4, 2002
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Those of us that are long time fans of Miss Dusty Springfield know that she would have been bored to tears if she had to sing the same old style of pop music every day. She loved variety. And this compilation showcases exactly how eclectic her tastes were. Unfortunately, if the mood feels rather erratic, it's really more the fault of the compilation itself and not Dusty's song choices or ability.
Nevertheless, the testament to Dusty's superb interpretive ear, is that there really is not a bad track on this compilation. Some of the production values might be a bit askew and some of the material might be bordering on schmaltz, but Dusty's delivery is never in question.
Stand-outs, for me at least, are "Mixed Up Girl", "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart" (which Dusty wisely skews more to the Erma Franklin original instead of the overblown albeit more popular Janis Joplin cover), "How Can I Be Sure?", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone" and "Love Power".
And then there is the unique beauty of "Song For You", the gentle Bossa Nova style of "Come For A Dream", the sexually charged "Crumbs Off The Table" and the heavily jazz inflected "I Only Wanna Laugh".
At times it's hard to believe the same singer is singing each song!
Name me another singer that could navigate such varied musical waters without having to come up for air at least occasionally?
There is only one name that fits: Dusty Springfield
End of conversation. If you don't believe me, just listen...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caesar M. Warrington on April 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some of Dusty's best work is on this CD. Her rendition of "Piece of My Heart" just blows away Janis Joplin's original version.
This CD quickly came and went. Why?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darryl K. Clark VINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
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why is this great, great cd out of issue right now? when we need to hear vocalists with the style, taste and restraint that dusty springfield had at her disposal?

this cd is a combo of two albums 'see all her faces' and 'dusty--definitely' and each compliments the other beautifully. though i don't know which songs belong exclusively to each title, it is pretty obvious that each has its own ambience and neither would detract from the other.

there are cover tunes that are soulful in nature, like 'love power' and 'piece of my heart' and there's also the most incredible lightening fast finger popper called 'since you've been gone' in which dusty is belting with such power, then she finishing the song croon up to a high 'a'. it's too hot!

but then there are soft, limpid ballads like 'who', 'i start counting' and 'see all her faces' in which she is so intimate with her listener that it's hard to believe she is not in the room with you singing right in your ear. not to mention her jazzy homages to sinatra and peggy lee with 'second time around' and 'i only want to laugh'.

and to round out the set, she covers a range of tunes from 'yesterday when i was young' and 'i will come to you' that remind you of the big ballads that only she could pull off because she always knew when to pull back the emotional part of her performance.

although she is not spoken of by many, dusty springfield's thoughtful approach and daring selection sof her repetoire is a lesson to many performers, especially the idol would bes. you leather-lunged folks better recognize!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This isn't a good place to start for those just beginning a Springfield collection, but for those who already own her greatest hits (of which "The Silver Collection" is the best), this is a fine collection of recordings rare to American listeners. Notable chiefly for several exquisite readings of light ballads both familiar ("This Girl's in Love With You," "A Song For You," "Yesterday When I Was Young," and "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?") and overlooked ("I Start Counting," "See All Her Faces," "I Think It's Going To Rain Today," and the truly remarkable "Wasn't Born To Follow"). Uptempo numbers balance the set, but nobody did melancholy better than Dusty, as these gems prove.
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