Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis (Vinyl LP)

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Dusty in Memphis is the fifth studio album by English singer Dusty Springfield. Initial sessions were recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis, while Springfield's final vocals and the album's orchestral parts were recorded at Atlantic Records' New York City studios. The album was released on 18 January 1969 in the United States by Atlantic Records, and Philips Records distributed the record outside the U.S. Springfield worked on the album with a team of musicians and producers that included Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd, conductor Gene Orloff, backing vocalists the Sweet Inspirations, bassist Tommy Cogbill, and guitarist Reggie Young.

 



Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis is one of pop music's great fish-out-of-water stories. Springfield had been a successful pop singer for nearly a decade when she decided to move to Atlantic Records, home of Aretha Franklin and her producer Jerry Wexler (among other greats at the label), to cut her next album in Memphis with some of soul music's best musicians. The album opens with one of pop's greatest songs, the overlooked "Just a Little Lovin'," a perfectly orchestrated tune with a subtle and very timely lyric that is at once very sexy as well as anti-war in sentiment. "Son of a Preacher Man" is, of course, the album's big hit, and deservedly so, and probably the track that comes closest to sounding like proper Atlantic Records soul. Other great cuts include "Breakfast in Bed" and "The Windmills of Your Mind." The result of most of the tracks is an interesting fusion of traditional pop with soul textures. The album might not blow your mind, but few records are this consistently solid all the way through.

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A1 Just A Little Lovin'
A2 So Much Love
A3 Son Of A Preacher Man
A4 I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
A5 Don't Forget About Me
A6 Breakfast In Bed
B1 Just One Smile
B2 The Windmills Of Your Mind
B3 In The Land Of Make Believe
B4 No Easy Way Down
B5 I Can't Make It Alone


 

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