Album #151 – Dusty in Memphis

Album #151

This was the album that made Dusty Springfield a legend. I can clearly see why. Springfield decides to take American soul, Memphis Style, and make it her own. She is successful. Her voice is beautiful. Many of today’s singers could learn a thing from Dusty. She does not over sing. Instead, she uses her beautiful voice to make the song meaningful and soulful. One of her biggest hits, Son of a Preacher Man, is on this album. There are also songs written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Randy Newman. The album is almost as good as other soul albums from the period but falls short. Springfield’s voice is great but one must keep in mind that she is not Aretha. That being said there are some great songs on this album. Just One Smile is so beautifully done and has shades of folk-rock with the addition of an acoustic guitar. The rest of the album was good but just did not have that same effect on me that Aretha’s albums did. Overall, I give this album 3.5 out of 5.

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