25 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Dusty was in Memphis, visiting from the UK to record an album with the city's hottest R&B musicians, she was too nervous to lay down vocals. What she overdubbed in New York remains revelatory: "Son of a Preacher Man" is confident, innocent, and daring, and the vocals on "So Much Love" rise euphorically with the soulful strings. Those musicians were as good as advertised, easing into arrangements that entwine soft horns, careful guitar, and bass that grooves just enough to make you sway.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Dusty was in Memphis, visiting from the UK to record an album with the city's hottest R&B musicians, she was too nervous to lay down vocals. What she overdubbed in New York remains revelatory: "Son of a Preacher Man" is confident, innocent, and daring, and the vocals on "So Much Love" rise euphorically with the soulful strings. Those musicians were as good as advertised, easing into arrangements that entwine soft horns, careful guitar, and bass that grooves just enough to make you sway.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

lilithclay ,

Top Ten of All Time

This has to be one of the Top Ten albums of all time. It was an r&b masterpiece in it's day, but was commercially not as sucessful as it should have been. It wasn't really until after it's time that it gained the respect that it deserves. The album is beautifully produced and holds up after all these years. This expanded version gives you an additional album's worth of material. Highly, highly recommended.

ryanbkey ,

Classic perfection

This recording is absolutely astonishing. Basically overlooked at its initial release, this album has earned a following in the many years since it's conception. Each track sizzles with hot Memphis soul production, and you can hear the passion in each note Springfield sings. While listening to this album, you can easily imagine Aretha Franklin giving her nod of approval.

Definitely check it out. A timeless classic.

Ecletric ,

Not entirely Faithful

"Dusty in Memphis" IS certainly a great album (voted in as one of '100 Best', or 'one of 1000 to hear...'); "Son of a Preacher Man" is a classic Dusty R&B, but I'd have to balk at "Windmills of your Mind" - although Dusty was a Balladeer par excellence - being 'Memphis'... In fact this release is a 1999 Rhino Records remastered Deluxe Edition containing bonus tracks: These songs were from the intended Faithful (or "Longing") album produced by Jeff Barry that was shelved when its singles failed to chart ("I'll be Faithful"), probably for 1970+ release. This was the beginning of a bit of downward momentum for Dusty, and I think Atlantic/"...in Memphis" was unfortunately the start of it (Let's take this great soul/r&b white UK singer and put her with the very artists, producers, writers, idols, in an alien environment and it'll be great... Dusty, due to either perfectionism or discomfort basically sang nothing in Memphis and the vocal tracks, as released, were recorded in New York later). I wouldn't want to put such a great testament down, but personally I'd choose some of the 'Greatest...' collections or at least select the first 11 tracks which are really the original album listing.

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