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Dusty In Memphis

Dusty Springfield

1969

Dusty In Memphis

Album Summary

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 in Memphis sold poorly upon its initial release, despite featuring one of Springfield's top-10 UK hits, "Son of a Preacher Man". It has since been generally acclaimed as her best work and one of the greatest albums of all time. Music critic Robert Christgau called it "the all-time rock-era torch record" and included it in his "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). In 2001, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In its official press release, the library stated that despite its modest sales when first released, "over time, Dusty in Memphis grew in stature to become widely recognized as an important album by a woman in the rock era."

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Rating

3.48

Votes

5941

Genres

  • Pop
  • Folk
  • Soul
  • Jazz
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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

This record is a beautiful snowglobe of the late 60s period. Classy, perfectly arranged orchestrations gently roll down like snowflakes on a landscape and Dusty's voice glows gold with the warmth of the hearth.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

I know 3-4 song but Ive never listened to this album. I think I've always been a little confused about her name. Is she related yo buffalo springfield? Such moody and cinematic music. The songs often take me on a start-finish journey rather than feel refrain-repeat style. I really enjoy this album and will definitely return to listen again. She reminds me of Aretha Franklin but much sappier and I'm a sucker for sappy 70's.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Figure maternelle de la famille Springfield, Dusty s'impose neammoins comme la numero 1 de cette caste de chanteurs. Le titre The Windmils of Your Mind s'impose déjà comme l'un des tauliers du générateur. Néammoins, on se retrouve un peu dérangé par les nombreuses accusations de vulgarité à son encontre, entre ses jupes extremement courtes, sa descente de whisky qui ferait rougir un pilier de bar, ou encore cette phrase, sortie du contexte d'une escapade nocturne avec son amant gérant d'un club de moto: "tape dans l'fond j'suis pas ta mère". La famille Springfield reste ce qu'elle est, une famille bourrée de talent musicalement parlant, mais une famille également très rustique socialement parlant.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Je me réveillai ce jeudi matin en ouvrant mon téléphone et remarquai instantanément que celui-ci avait été souillé de messages par l'inévitable ltrapeze: "Il faut absolument que tu écoutes la huitième piste de l'album du jour !" me menaçait-il. Je me rendormis. Lors de mon second réveil, de nouveaux messages étaient venus se glisser dans mon téléphone sans que je m'en aperçoive. Ils étaient tous signés de la main du turbulent ltrapeze : "Mais réveille-toi enfin !!" répétait-il à tue-tête. Je lançai soudain l'album et fus rapidement arrivé à ladite huitième piste. Et quelle ne fut pas ma surprise d'entendre une version grossièrement remixée d'une chanson très chère à mon cœur : celle de ses moulins, justement. Observez un peu comme le texte est traduit: The Moulins of My Heart Like a pierre that we jette In the living water of a ruisseau Qui leaves behind elle des thousands de rounds dans la wasser Du machst tourner von deinem Name die Moulinen von meinem Hertz Luft in den Nase (ja), Luft in den Nase So wie Dylan (oh Junge), So wie Dylan Et ainsi de suite... Je serais le dernier étonné d'apprendre que Michel Legrand se soit retourné dans sa tombe au moment d'entendre cette reprise, et qu'il ait même effectué une rotation à 360 degrés pour rendre ses lettres de noblesse à son texte. N'en déplaise à ltrapeze.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Smooth, soulful, enjoyable. beautiful voice

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Mehhhhh. White people soul. “Son of a Preacher Man” is great, but otherwise, I dunno.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Dusty's voice isn't just sexy, it's sex-positive, feeling its way around intimacy with warmth and tenderness. She's the Queen of the Afterglow. What transforms this from an album by a great singer to a great album full stop is how sympathetic the players are to her movements. They don't just watch her go deep into her feelings, they follow her down. Chief among them: Arif Mardin, whose swelling and lilting string and horn arrangements are the love interest to Dusty’s come-hither voice. The organic development of these songs--Dusty and the band built them from the ground up, rather than her just rocking up and following sheet music like she was used to--allows her to grow roots in the material, which is top-tier stuff from big-hitters including Bacharach, Newman, and Goffin/King. Whether reliving a sexual awakening with the preacher’s son, mollifying him/her with (I’m sure not just) breakfast in bed, bidding a rueful farewell, building her world upon a smile, or being driven mad by gossip heard through cheap walls, she fully inhabits her roles. These songs have an emotional life of their own, lived in and lived through by one of the most sensitive singers of all.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I am not familiar with Dusty Springfield as a singer at all, but I am familiar with a couple of Dusty’s songs covered from other artists like both Son of A Preacher Man and Breakfast In Bed from Joan Osborne’s two albums: Early Recordings (1996) and Breakfast In Bed (2007) and The Windmills Of Your Mind from Alison Moyet's Voice (2004) album. Another slight connection factor for me is the Memphis/American Sound Studios from several Elvis Presley recordings from 1969 and I do hear that Memphis/American Sound Studios sound in Dusty’s songs on this album. Being a fan of post-punk and 80’s music. I know that Morrissey from The Smiths also loved the poignant and maudlin performances of female singers such as Dusty Springfield and Sandie Shaw who were a considerable influence on him growing up in Manchester England. Since this my first listen to Dusty Springfield, she has a particularly good voice with clear diction. I usually do not listen this type of Easy Listening Pop, but I like it and this album does have high replayability factor. I am pleased to hear how good and consistent all the songs are. The mono release is also excellent. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, I see that Dusty Springfield’s debut album, A GIRL CALLED DUSTY, is listed under # 0045, so I am looking forward to listening to this when it appears Rate Artist: Dusty Springfield (4.5) Rate Album (Year): Dusty in Memphis (1969 Original) (5) Rate Album (Year): Dusty in Memphis (1992 Re-issue) (5) Rate Album (Year): Dusty in Memphis (1999 Deluxe Edition) (4.5) Rate Album (Year): Dusty in Memphis (2002 Re-issue) (5)

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I have not spent enough time with Dusty Springfield, apparently. (Not the first time this has happened in this project, but I'm definitely feeling it today.) I've always loved her smoky, soulful voice in the hits I know. I would say her voice was unique, but I like the idea that this album was the prototype for the wonderful wave of British female singers of the 2000s. I definitely appreciate and get that idea (as well as that she gave credit to Peggy Lee and Aretha Franklin as influences) but I would still always be able to pick her voice out. Anyway, this is just the thing for the end of a long, hard day, with soft lights and a glass of wine. Lovely.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Every time I get one of my all-time favourites on this list, it feels like winning a game. Nobody beats Dusty, her voice is so warm and beautiful, and she's having so much fun... five stars and a chef's kiss!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

God this is so good. And why have I not played it for so long....[embarrassed face]. DSs soulful vulnerable voice skates over heartfelt melodies, lyrics full of broken relationships and gorgeous strings. Some of the songs make me well up. Play in a low lit room with a single malt. Magical. I dont give many 5s. Best female solo album ever for me. Five.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Beautiful album from British icon, Dusty Springfield. I have never listened to this album in its entirety but have only heard the pop hits from her, but it causes me to dig deeper. I bet she could put on a show! **Classic record that I need to grab used sometime

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Best Song: Son Of A Preacher Man. The one song I'd heard before. The only one where the singer (or her vocal object) seems to have an ounce of agency. How did this righteous song end up in the middle of all this wrist-wringing? Worst Song: So Much Love. Real weepy and pathetic lyrics that feel like they are entirely undone by the very next song. Overall: Entirely forgettable except for the one song that managed to escape the melodramatic clutches of the rest. Each song is dripping with cheese and sounds like it is intended to be listened to while staring forlornly out of a rain-covered window. I also dislike how none of the songs know how to end, instead just fading out into nothingness.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
5

Very good

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Yeh, great

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

This is so easy listening. Every song is a banger

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Love me some dusty. A great blue-eyed soul album. Close your eyes and listen to son of a preacher man.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Love, favorite yet

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Spit song from Hadestown inspiration-windmills of your mind

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

What an amazing album!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Initially thought I wasn't going to like it, but to my surprise it was pretty good! I liked hearing The Windmills of your Mind - I added it to my spotify playlist. A classic and a beautiful voice

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Dusty! After 2 Dusty albums on this list, I have a newfound appreciation for her. I had always known "of" her, but never intentionally listened to her. This album is better than "A Girl Called Dusty", and nearly gets to 5 stars for "Preacher Man" alone. What a great, great album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Fucking awesome. Dope chill vibes

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Yeah this was good

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Gran voz, buena instrumentación. A pesar de que todo gira en torno al canto, las cuerdas le dan un toque muy "espectacular". La batería disfrutable en todo el disco, pero sobre todo en Breakfast in Bed. Me gustó también la letra mareadora cantinflesca tintanesca de The Windmills of Your Mind. Song of a Preacher Man siento que ya la había escuchado, tiene un ritmito padre. En general no le pongo ningún pero a ninguna pieza, seguramente lo volveré a escuchar algún día pa ver con cuáles me quedo. Mood: Voz sexy-sad, una ex Adele.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Wonderful 👏

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Loved it. Class melodies and vocals

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Hay demasiadas pocas mujeres en esta lista, oigan. Y Joni la que no debería ser nombrada Mitchell está sobre representada. En fin. Gran disco. Bello, elegante, sutil, sincero, artificioso, brillante, romántico, pre-rock and roll, fabuloso. Dusty tiene una voz como de humo, la original chica de humo.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Another classic record on this list. I take a lot of these records for granted because they have been in the catalog for so long. Dusting this one off and giving it a recent spin reminded me of what a great soulful album this was.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Smooth.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Dusty is just a great singer. This album was well-produced too. Nailed it.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Yes, yes, yes! City's dusky voice excels throughout this excel-lent album. Every track is brilliant but Windmills of your Mind blows mine!!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

just a little lovin' is pretty good. it's good! love it!

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

Wonderful.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Son of a preaching man Yowza Just a little loving This why to do the album generator

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Dusty Springfield has such a beautiful voice. The Windmills of Your Mind could be a Bond song.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Phenomenal. I loved every second of it.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

No comment needed

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Fri May 28 2021
5

What a great album.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Such a golden, glittery feeling of warm nostalgia.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Soulful vibes fr all the way through. Soul music just does something else to me. easy 9/10

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Such a beautiful, soulful voice.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

What a pleasant surprise! I haven’t heard of her before, but now I see why she is a legend! Great album, crystal clear voice, great production. I loved it!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

An album with earworms!

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

A week in, this is the first album by a female artist I've come across. Not only that, but decades on Dusty In Memphis comes with its own queer reading. Like "Breakfast In Bed" - super gay and super heartbreaking, n'est-ce pas? This album is another one where it's clear of the influence it would have on future artists. While some of the songs are very familiar, it's a comforting sense of familiarity. Auntie Dusty is here and everything will be alright.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Worth many replays! 5/5

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

smooth, nice voice and I like the vibes

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

This album is amazing. Great from end to end with fantastic production quality.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

10/10 based af

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Wow. What a versatile voice she has. A bit of cheese on here, but in the lovable sense. There are other 5 star albums on this list that I feel are better constructed than this one, but purely for replayability and enjoyable aspects this has to be a 5 star selection for me. Fave track is son of a preacher man. Duh.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Very soulful and easy to listen to. I loved hearing The Sweet Inspirations singing background and of course “Son of a Preacher Man.”

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Sublime 6 stars

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Amazingly soulful sounds and fantastic instrumentation.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

I loved this album. After this I wanna keep listening to Dusty's work

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

So great. Had to listen twice.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

I think I just fell in love. One of the most soulful records I've ever heard.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

cool

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

One of my all-time favourite albums. probably the greatest blue-eyed soul record ever. Son of a preacher Man is the big single, but it is the sofetr, sexier tracks that I really dig (Breakfast in Bed, Alittle Loving, I Don't Want to Hear it). Dusty doesn't try to compete with Aretha, but leans into her more tender, more intimate style. This is a wonderful blend of Bacharach and the funky Memphis sound. She was almost too intimidated to record these songs, but thank god she did. I love this album.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Perfection.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

I get why it’s considered a classic to this day. Dusty’s voice is exquisite, and the highlight throughout the album. She just sucks you in; it feels like Sunday morning sensuality, oozing with romantic yearning. My favorite tracks are “Just a Little Lovin’”, “So Much Love”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore”, “Breakfast in Bed”, “Just One Smile”, “In the Land of Make Believe”, “No Easy Way Down”, and “I Can’t Make It Alone”

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Love her!

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Beautiful, lyrics taking you on a subtly sensual path. Dusty’s voice is smooth and melodic with clear diction such that you can appreciate where each song takes you.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Like father like son. Femi adds a touch of western songcraft to his fathers Afro agit funk which probably makes this easier for newbies, but the beat and the commitment is still there. Recommended.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

Lovely. Songs I knew but didn't know her.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Great music for getting it on

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

YEEEAAAHHHH!!! WOOOOOOOO!!

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Soulful wonder.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Don’t forget about me is my favorite

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I love this album so much and every time I listen to it want to listen to it more. Dusty Springfield is perfect for Memphis. “Son of a Preacher Man” is a powerhouse hit, but there is so much else to love here. There’s a wistful quality Dusty brings to even the upbeat tracks. No one does love, loss and hope like her. I love every song.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Springfield's full, soulful voice is the perfect instrument for these timeless tunes. Beautiful.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I was not familiar with most of these tracks, and I am so glad to have been introduced. A lovely album!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Didn't need to listen to this again. The songs and the voice live in my heart already.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

First time hearing this, and fuck it’s perfect isn’t it?

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

That's gotta be a 5

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

It was so good I listened twice. The second tin through was even better.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Dusty is perfect

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Again, it's Dusty. But this time the songs are even more consistently brilliant.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Loved it. Mellow, feminine voice, relaxing...

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

She’s amazing

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Very good

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Great album and production

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

Amazing voice, beautiful songs.

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Tue Dec 27 2022
5

great oldy

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

This happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time! Bringing Dusty to the heartland of soul music was a stroke of genius and produced the best "blue-eyed" soul album ever produced.

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Thu Jan 19 2023
5

What a record, what a voice. A major broadening and deepening from the limiting girlieness and overengineered pop of just five years before, the singing is deeply soulful and ravishingly sexy (“Just A Little Loving”, “Breakfast in Bed”). The longing and anguish in her voice are completely credible – one not only feels her pain (“I Don’t Want to Hear it Anymore,” “Don’t Forget About Me”), but gets it in a near-visceral sense. The lush production is borderline overdone; one would’ve loved to hear an unplugged version of this. But the arrangements are terrific throughout, especially on “No Easy Way Down,” “So Much Love,” and “Can’t Make It Alone.” And check out “The Windmills of Your Mind”– which she pulls off impeccably and intriguingly (the understated, suggestive arrangement helps) when so much could have gone wrong. Indeed, these songs transcend the considerable limits of the late-’60s excess to achieve timelessness.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

GO ON, GIRL!

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Tue Dec 01 2020
4

fun, some iconic songs, amazing vocals from dusty, great bombastic instrumentals

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Mon Oct 19 2020
4

Found a song that was sampled in a few hip hop songs: Son of a Preacher Man. It was a different sound for me. The sounds were very relaxing.

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Mon Nov 30 2020
4

Good stuff

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

En klassiker med hittet fra Pulp fiction, Son of a preacherman Fint album med flere lækre numre på.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

0002 - Good album for a weekend afternoon chilling at home

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Really good thanks dolly parton

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Haven’t finished it yet- but wow what a voice.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Beautiful voice

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

liked it

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

70'er film musik

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Really enjoyed it, would listen again for sure. Very polished, worth the listen.

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