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Live at the BBC (2008)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal I.S.
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GTQTH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty At The Absolute Peak of Her Powers - TEN STARS March 29, 2008
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Wow... how to put this into words...

When this arrived I threw it on just to quickly check the image quality, intending to watch it when I had some free time. Almost two hours later, unable to turn it off at any point, I'm compelled to sit at the keys for a quick review...

I've never bought into the label of Greatest British Female Vocalist as applied to Dusty. To me, quite clearly and beyond argument, she was and remains the Greatest Female Vocalist of All Time, period, and this superbly crafted DVD I think frames that conclusion in gold and hangs it so high on the wall that it can't be reached.

This is Dusty naked - no interviews interrupting old clips, no guest stars, no bogus sets, and every note is sung and played live. Just Dusty, three backup singers and a great orchestra offstage, and crazy, very receptive audiences.

Dusty is in great spirits, she's funny, clever, very playful, chatty and Dear God could this woman sing. From that breathy intimate voice that sounds like it's coming from the pillow next to you... to that rockin', belting, jazz drenched powerhouse voice that knocks every ball out of the park be it Motown or supper club standards... this girl could seemingly do anything.

Only the extras are in color - the central body of the disc is in glorious, crystal clear and razor sharp black and white, and she's never looked better. That hair, those eyes, that smile... she's simply stunning. Still photos never did her justice - Dusty was a beautiful woman.

Great camerawork thoughout, with tons of lingering closeups and a genuine understanding of what the slower songs are all about.

This leaves all the other Dusty DVD's far behind. It's the one you've been waiting for, it really is.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Dusty GEMS at the height of her vocal prowess! November 10, 2007
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I put the DVD on and was immediately transfixed by Dusty singing an amazing variety of songs at the height of her vocal prowess. I was a preteen when I discovered Dusty & her music with the release of "Dusty in Memphis". To have access to these earlier recordings is truly miraculous especially since they were supposed to have been destroyed! What a rare talent. The sheer beauty, range, and power of her voice is something so rare. The quality of this product is outstanding from the packaging to the sound. Thanks to Universal and the BBC for this DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Dusty January 17, 2008
By Ellie B
This is Dusty at her best! Look beyond the wigs and black eyeliner etc. and just WATCH her! This video shows what a gifted musician she really was. Her timing, pitch, feeling were perfect. Thank goodness this footage was salvaged - you have to see this woman to really appreciate her remarkable talent.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty magnificently !! March 30, 2009
Ooh, to have been a teenager in the 1960's! For those of you young enough at heart to remember, here's a whopping two hours (more including the extras) trip down memory lane. For those of you young enough to have only just heard of Dusty Springfield and wondering what all the fuss was about, take a look at this, allow yourself to be entranced, and wonder no more.
Recorded during 1966-'67, the main part of the DVD is what's left of the Dusty shows performed for the BBC. Only a handful of her hits are included, but, oh boy, did she know how to pick a tune! As well as entertaining us with everything from soul and jazz, songs from musicals, a hit here and there, Dusty also included a few traditional songs such as "Poor Wayfaring Stranger"/ "The Water Is Wide"/ "You Better Run" and the beautiful "My Lagan Love". For those of you who love a sweet little ballad or two, there is none better than the sweet little lady herself to smooch you through songs like; "Some Of Your Lovin'"/ "To Love And Be Loved"/ "If You Go Away"/ "Time After Time" and "I Wish You Love", and to see Dusty singing "Call Me Irresponsible" with such ease and enjoyment, you would be forgiven for thinking you had just seen an angel.
For someone who was famously shy and private off stage, whilst performing you would be hard pushed to name another singer who could deliver the song to their audience with so much warmth and passion, and the pleasure of doing so, was evidently all Dusty's.
We also get to see her gentle cheekiness in songs like; "Gonna Build A Mountain"/ "Peel Me A Grape" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now", and in the 22nd September '66 episode there's a fair bit of funny and friendly banter with Dusty and a few fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best October 25, 2008
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If you are a Dusty fan, you owe it to yourself to see these live performances. If you like her recordings, you will love seeing her "live" and in her prime. Dusty was at her best when she was singing for a live audience. It's too bad that the BBC didn't keep an archive that would prove to be the ultimate memorial to a true music legend.

This DVD is of Dusty's solo performances. Unfortunately, there were some great duets and skits from the show that didn't make it to the DVD. I said "unfortunately" because some of these bits were great fun to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddess Dusty May 19, 2008
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A must for Dusty fans. Rare footage of Dusty at her best -- and an extended interview of her at her most vulnerable.

Worth it all for the clip of her singing, "I Am Woman" with the ludicrously corporate amended lyric about how much she loves men.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop watching !
Extremely satisfied and to be honest I've lost count of how many time I have watched this DVD . I love Dusty and this like all her works is a musical jewel
Published 2 months ago by Dani-A
4.0 out of 5 stars I get to watch Dusty anytime I want
I have never seen Dusty on screen and now I can watch her anytime I want. I'd like to see a DVD collection of her performances (if any) that she did in the U.S.A.
Published 8 months ago by Agamangasso
4.0 out of 5 stars DUSTY ON MY MIND
Dusty is magic! Her voice is so descriptive, so filled with emotions. Hitting your heart. Some recordings could be better.
Published 14 months ago by A. Berle
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At The BBC Is Fabulous !
Dusty Springfield is so great ! I love all the shows and snippets included. Particular favorite is 1979's Saturday Night At The Mill. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars For Dusty fans!!
This is an awsome compilation of video tapes of Dusty's tv show. It is mostly in b/w. There are a few performances aside from her show, in color, and also an interview and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angela Kugust
5.0 out of 5 stars **** MUST BUY for Paul Weller Fans ****
This is a must buy if you are a hard core Weller fan like myself or just wanting to sample his music. Paul Weller is a genius...among the very greats of British Rock... Read more
Published 21 months ago by MyHumbleOPinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Dusty Springfield: Live at the BBC
Great video. Was received in perfect condition. The DVD is a gem of live BBC TV of Dusty Springfield in mid-60's. She's an incredible, legendary, singer of any genre. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by kmk2131
5.0 out of 5 stars She was the best.
Watching these shows my initial reaction was how Dusty ran the table stylistically. She could handle ANYTHING better than anyone else. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by W. Hetfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories...
I was lucky enough to have attended all of the BBC recordings-great memories of the old BBC studio, on the green, at Shepherd's Bush. For me, this is a gift from my youth. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by sheisjazz
4.0 out of 5 stars A great international star
The main content here is black and white transcriptions of 1966 and 1967 BBC TV Shows, spotlight on Dusty Springfield, except when her excellent female chorus is also shown. Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Phil S.
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