martes, 8 de diciembre de 2009

Dusty Springfield: Where Am I Going (1967) ... plus

Where Am I Going is a phenomenal album by Dusty Springfield, and though it doesn't have any American chart hits made famous by the icon, it would have been a blessing had every single performance here conquered the Top 40. The British version contains 12 tracks, while the U.S. counterpart, entitled The Look of Love, has 11, four of which are not on the vinyl version of this: 'Look of Love,' 'Small Town Girl,' 'What's It Gonna Be,' and 'Give Me Time' (I have added all these as bonus tracks). To further complicate things, this '90s reissue contains three extra cuts, including 'Time After Time,' 'I've Got a Good Thing' and the Goffin/King tune 'Don't Forget About Me'. The LP cover is great — a black and white of a smiling Springfield with wide-brimmed hat, mini skirt, and a comic book quotation in psychedelic off-pink and orange stating Where Am I Going. The music inside with strings and orchestration is a relentless delight. The Pat Williams arrangement of Bobby Hebb's 'Sunny' with conductor Peter Knight reveals a touch of the James Bond riff, a definite sign of the times. One can hear the wondrous voices of Madeline Bell and Lesley Duncan, the backing voices blending perfectly with the orchestration in songs like 'I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face' and 'Don't Let Me Lose This Dream.' 'Where Am I Going?' is as perfectly surreal as its title suggests — imagine Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music twirling around in the windmills of Springfield's mind. This is not the driving pop of 'I Only Want to Be With You' or 'Wishin' & Hopin',' this is symphonic adult contemporary. 'They Long to Be Close to You' is the serious and dramatic blues that the Carpenters aspired to develop. 'Welcome Home' is out of this world rhythm & blues told with authority. It and other tracks from Where Am I Going? puts Springfield in that elite class reserved for the best of Janis Joplin, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald — female vocalists who found notes in niches of songs that were unavailable to lesser mortals. While Springfield was filling the airwaves in America with 'The Son of a Preacher Man' toward the end of 1968, a band called Vanilla Fudge had 'Take Me for a Little While' on the U.S. charts, but their disc was issued in July of 1967 and their success in the States was a delayed reaction. Dusty Springfield takes that great composition and turns it into snappy pop with an amazing vocal. Add 'If You Go Away' and the musicians on these grooves take the listener on a wild ride running the gamut of genres without disrupting Where Am I Going?'s flow. This is a tremendous and often forgotten masterpiece in the repertoire of Dusty Springfield which deserves more attention. It truly is the record which keeps on giving. http://www.allmusic.com/
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Dusty singing live 'Time After Time' on her TV show in 5 September 1967. Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is a REAL singer:


The great diva performing her 1967 single 'What's It Gonna Be':

8 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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Bill dijo...

I never gave Dusty Springfield a fair listen back in the day. I was more interested in tracking down Barbara Acklin and Jackie Ross singles. But in retrospect I love her! Thanks for the share.

hooch dijo...

Thank you nosi!

Gerard dijo...

Thank You!

e-keane dijo...

I woould have to concur with Bill's comments.

Thank you very much.

Regards,


Eugene

troods dijo...

Dusty!!! Thank you so much.

Derrick dijo...

thank you

Francesco dijo...

I was missing this classical Dusty's album, so thank you very much!