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Dusty Springfield is Britain’s greatest ever pop diva and the possessor of one of the finest and most soulful voices of all time. She dominated both the UK and US charts throughout the sixties with a string of hit singles that have stood the test of time as true classics. Originally a member of the folk trio The Springfields, from whom she took her stage name, she became a solo artist in 1963 after being exposed to the magic of Motown whilst playing in America and became probably the finest ever white soul singer. Diagnosed with breast cancer in the mid-nineties she died in 1999 at the age of just 59.

This concert, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 1979 in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret, captures Dusty at the height of her career. The show is packed with hits (including 9 UK top 10 singles), which are delivered with all the glitz and panache that were Dusty’s trademark and have made her a major gay icon as well as beloved of music fans everywhere.

As a bonus feature there is an extensive interview with Dusty’s long time manager, her friends and one of the backing singers from the Albert Hall show.

All of the existing visual footage from the concert has been used on this DVD, however there are additional tracks that exist as audio only and these are included on the companion CD release which is being simultaneously released on Eagle Records (ER 20081-2).

Tracklisting:
1. I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
2. We Are Family
3. Lose Again
4. All I See Is You
5. This Will Be
6. Hits Medley: Goin’ Back / I Only Want To Be With You / Stay A While / Just A Little Lovin’ (Early In The Morning) / Some Of Your Lovin’ / The Look Of Love / Wishin’ And Hopin’ / I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself / Losing You
7. Son Of A Preacher Man
8. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
9. Quiet Please There’s A Lady On Stage
10. Put Your Hands Together


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Product Details

  • Directors: Mike Mansfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BC8SL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By S. Sittig on November 3, 2005
Format: DVD
From the opening musical intro (a wonderfully tongue in cheek version of "The Bitch is Back", sung by her backing vocalists), to the very last notes of "Put Your Hands Together", this concert is a MUST see for any music fan, and of course, a total treat for anyone who calls themselves a true Dusty Springfield afficionado.

The evening is full of energy and shows Dusty Springfield in the best light perhaps since her 60s hey dey. Not since then had we seen her so relaxed, so laid-back, so fully committed to entertain her audience.

And entertain she does, going through a wonderfully varied repertoire for this concert. She covers disco ("We Are Family", "You Can Do It", Grace Jones' "On Your Knees"), delivers the big ballads she was known for ("All I See Is You", "I Close My Eyes and Count To Ten", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"), delivers a rousing medley of her well known hits, (starting with a mesmerizing few lines of Carole King's "Goin' Back") and as if that weren't enough, she throws in a few brilliant covers of Karla Bonoff's "Lose Again" (made popular by Linda Ronstadt) and Peter Allen's "Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage" in which she reaches Judy Garland-like proportions of showwomanship.

The picture quality is absolutely AMAZING and I love the Main Menu and the other Menus graphics..great sound effects and wonderful pictures of the White Queen of Soul. The sound quality is not as strong as the picture quality, but I guess they did the best they could with what was available on the master tapes.

Dusty looks radiant and performs majestically! The liner notes are actually quite good this time (in my view) and they capture perfectly the spirit of the concert.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Hickman on February 10, 2006
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Dusty Springfield performed live all too infrequently, especially in the second half of her career. Even less frequently did she appear before the camera. So these few moments caught on film are especially poignant. This performance, before Princess Margaret at the Royal Albert Hall, has a thrown-together feel, and Dusty doesn't always look like she knows what to do with the stage, but the rapport she establishes with her fans is immediate and real. I like the drama she brings to a song like "Quite Please, There's a Lady on Stage," a song she never recorded for an album and which was written by Peter Allen with Judy Garland in mind, but which provided the perfect coda to what was essentially a comeback performance, following her decade-long "exile" in America. But it's the hits that her fans want to hear, and she delivers these in spades. From "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" to "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," her catalog is among the most recognizable in the history of pop (for insights into her career, one couldn't ask for more than the interviews with Pat Rhodes, Simon Bell, and others on the DVD). She looks great; she sounds great; and the songs hold up. So put your hands together and enjoy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Singapore on December 25, 2005
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"Live At The Royal Albert Hall" on DVD is an ecstatic dream come true for Dusty's fans not only because it captures the legendary singer in fine voice and at her most lovely and joyous since returning from a long hiatus in the mid-70s but simply because apart from her 1966 and 1967 black and white TV series for the BBC which have since been (partially) recovered by the station, it is the only surviving tape of a full concert given by Dusty in her long and illustrious career that is still known to exist in the archives. Unbelievable but true.

Dusty's singing changed so much over the years it seems futile to debate when exactly she was at her vocal peak. Certainly, 1966 was an early peak when her voice was at its most searing and powerful whether she was tackling a big ballad or a torchy soul number. But then, the legendary "Dusty In Memphis" happened only in late 1968 and from thereon, Dusty began developing the softer, breathier and more delicate side to her singing voice, which effectively transformed her from 60s belter to mature pop stylist by the end of the decade. Still, many fans cite 1972/1973 - on the evidence of her performances on "Cameo" and private collectors' tapes of TV appearances given at the time - as another period when Dusty's vocal craft had possibly peaked in terms of control, flexibility and phrasing. By 1978, following a long break from singing, the new Dusty voice may have mellowed, but like good wine still retained its honeyed edge and sparkle. That's the voice we hear on the Live At The Royal Albert Hall concert performance given on 3 Dec 1979. For me, that's the third and (possibly final) vocal peak period I would assign to Dusty until the time she made her final album and public appearance in 1995.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith C. on March 22, 2006
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Despite the fact that the show itself was not rehearsed enough, and there are flaws in the performance of the disco compilation which unfortunately starts off this DVD, it is a must for any Dusty Springfield fan. When performing her usual songs her voice is wonderful and her performance captivating. This beautiful 40 year old struts her stuff so well that by the end of the performance the audience responds by mobbing the stage and the singer! What is wonderful is the appreciation and excitement you see in Dusty's face at the end of all this. Just in Dusty's life, no matter the flaws, she is still a wonder to view and so greatly adored by her fans. The bonus interviews, while lacking in extra videos or pictures still offer interesting insights into the singer.
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