Come For A Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971

Dusty Springfield

Real Gone Music, 2015

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Dusty Springfield enjoyed some mainstream commercial success but was never able to grab the brass ring despite being one of the best female vocalists of the second half of the 20th century. Fate was very unkind to her as she passed away several months before her induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she recorded for the Atlantic label in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Her 1969 release, Dusty In Memphis is considered to be one of the better albums of the era. She also recorded a number of tracks in her home country for an English release. See All Her Faces was released in 1972 but only contained nine of the newly recorded songs. The other five tracks were taken from her American recording sessions. Now, all of the material from her English recording sessions has been released together under the title Come For A Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971.

When approaching anything recorded by Dusty Springfield, the expectations are always high and this newly released material lives up to those expectations.

The album is a little more pop oriented than her American releases from the same time period. She was not a songwriter and so had to choose her material. She was, however, a great interpreter of songs and when given the right material, the results could be spectacular.

Springfield is backed by an orchestra on all the tracks, which was a departure from the past. The Rascals “How Can I Be Sure” and the Chi-lites “O-O-Child” have soulful vocals amid the lush backing. Songs such as “Yesterday When I Was Young,” What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life,” and “Mixed Up Girl” are pure pop. Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Come For A Dream” both have some blues elements.

Many of the tracks have been not been available for decades, and while Springfield travels across a number of styles, when taken individually these songs add some luster to her legacy. This disc is a must release for her fan base.

Rating: B+

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