Dusty Springfield: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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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 Dustys 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 Dustys 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).
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 Dont Know What To Do With Myself / Losing You
7. Son Of A Preacher Man
8. You Dont Have To Say You Love Me
9. Quiet Please Theres A Lady On Stage
10. Put Your Hands Together
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dusty's Triumphant return to England after living in California for many years. Opens with "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten and When I open them YOU'RE STILL HERE. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lori Romano
Love the DVD and this added to the pleasure of it so I can play it anytime on my stereo. Great recording from a great artist. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dwayne M. Bernard
I was never a BIG Dusty fan but this DVD is excellent. Production is good. Sound is good. She looks awesome.Published on October 20, 2013 by ray jenns
A wonderful concert in 1979 by Dusty ! Not having the chance to see Dusty in person this is the next best thing. I loved it all.Published on February 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I must say I was not a big fan of Dusty Springfield at '60s although I did visit a lot of record stores for her song "You don't have to say you love me" which was sold out quickly. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Charicefanatic
What can I say. I was a child when she was at her peak. I just wish I could have seen her live in concert. True performer, great entertainer. She gives her all at this concert. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Angela Kugust
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