Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (1969)
(Lovely Logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming)
Songstress #3: Dusty Springfield
This might be among the greatest albums of all time.
But I’ll never know for sure.
Alas Dusty had the misfortune of being the first album I reviewed following the #top15onthe15th festivities.
So even if it is off-the-charts incredible, it’s not an easy task to follow my all time favourites.
That being said, Dusty in Memphis may be the optimal re-entry to the 1001 project for me and more specifically, for the September Songstress Spotlight.
It doesn’t sound like anything from my Top 15, therefore it’s not really in competition with them either.
It’s as inoffensive as they come, the arrangements and vocals blend together, seemingly seamless, as if they were combined with very little effort.
I often find the mark of a good record is when the big hit (Son of a Preacher Man in this case) is among the least interesting tracks.
I also appreciate that the album art falls somewhere between Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin & Bill Hader’s Stefon.
A final sign it’s a winning album? People didn’t lap it up at the time. When the praise is a decade or two delayed, that sounds like my kind of record.
So if my gushing praise is delayed a bit longer, perhaps that’s the most favourable review there is?