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Stay Awhile - I Only Want To Be With You Mono
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Named for her first two big British hits, Stay Awhile-I Only Want To Be With You was Dusty's American album debut in June 1964. Both of these timeless singles are included, along with the rare flip side 'Something Special' and UK EP cut 'Every Day I Have To Cry.' The rest of the tracklist is drawn from the singers first UK album, and includes her thrilling interpretations of choice Motown and girl group gems like Lesley Gore's empowerment anthem 'You Don't Own Me' and the Bacharach classic '24 Hours From Tulsa.' Record stampers produced by Record Technology, Inc. Camarillo California, USA.
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However where this album really wins is the sound quality,glorious real stereo and great clear sound,the best I have ever heard on any Dusty album and I have listened to dozens,the remixing and remastering were done by Eliot Goshman for Taragon Records,who deserves a masssive pat on the back.
All of Dusty's albums INCLUDING THIS have been remastered by the main record companies (Mercury,Philips),but they do not have the quality of this one,not even close and they often include mono tracks.
I did see comments about certain stereo master tapes being missing,however Taragon managed to find them so what exactly has happened to them now??
If you want Dusty's first two USA albums this is,at the time of writing still the best there is despite it being produced 14 years ago,you will have to search around and perhaps buy a used one off Amazon,which is where my copy came from,THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED
What is stunning to notice in these albums, is the first steps of what would become a brilliant solo career. Dusty may have started solo with Rock/Pop..but she quickly showed throughout the 60s and beyond, that she had a voice capable of singing anything in any style.
There isn't a bad track on this 2-for-1, but the careful listener would be wise to go beyond the big hits ("I Only Want To Be With You", "Stay Awhile", "Wishin' & Hopin'", "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself") and focus instead on some wonderful, yet often overlooked tracks like her glorious cover of the Velvelettes' "Needle In A Haystack", the maturity beyond her years of "I Wish I'd Never Loved You" and the jumpy/contagious teenage bop of "Everyday I Have To Cry".
Sometimes it's hard to believe the same person who sings with the naivete required for "Wishin' & Hopin'" can turn around and deliver something as steamingly adult as the bluesy "Don't You Know".
Only Dusty had that emotional range at such a young age. And she also had the pipes to back it up.
If you like your pop music with emotional variety, vocal prowess, and an astute sense of rhythm & blues, it doesn't get much better than Dusty Springfield.
That's a shame, because I feel the historical significance of this great music is more important than making a killing.
It would serve all these greedy vendors right if the owner of the rights to this CD re-issued it, then where would these shameless hucksters be?? On the outside looking in, that's where.
The owners of the original recordings have no shame either, they keep marketing this wonderful music over and over again in MONO. Such a pity. This music SCREAMS to be heard in the glorious stereo mixes done by Eliot Goshman exclusively for this CD. And if you love Dusty, you MUST hear the majesty that these songs in stereo conjure.
Such is life. Those of us who were lucky enough to get this when it first came out know the wonder of these songs in stereo. If I could, I'd burn a whole batch of them and give them away for free, just to teach these greedy vendors a lesson!
In fact, if anyone would like it, e-mail me, and we'll discuss.