A selection of Dusty Springfields performances at the BBC from 1961 to 1995. Dusty was one of Britains great pop divas, guaranteed to give us a big melody in songs soaring with drama and yearning.
Capable of bone-shaking R&B soul vocals or a smooth, pop-styled Motown sound, turned versatility into a 40-year career in which she showed time and time again that she was among the best song interpreters in pop music. This single-disc compilation covers the whole journey, from her earliest hits with () to her solo hits () and her collaboration with the (). While Rhino's three-disc is still probably the best comprehensive introduction to on the market, this one has the added advantage of including three early tracks from , as well as tracks featuring her later orchestrated adult contemporary style.
In 1990, after almost a decade's absence from the new-release lists and an even longer time away from the charts, Dusty Springfield re-emerged with Reputation. A partial collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys, it proved to be her most satisfying record in 15 years and sold better than anything that she'd released since the '60s. The late-'80s synth pop sound melded perfectly with Springfield's still very expressive, powerful, and soulful singing – Dan Hartman handled the producing chores on four of the cuts, Andy Richards on one, and the album has a unified sound, at once airy and dense, soaring and deep. The best cuts, however, are the five produced (and, in all but one case, written) by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys.