1001 Albums #45

A Girl Called Dusty from the English singer Dusty Springfield has been missing from my life. Springfield is the 60s Adele. If you do not know who Adele is, then I cannot help you. She is a white girl with soul. She sings from her heart and commands you to feel the pain in the lyrics.

Unfortunately you cannot find the whole album on Spotify. The songs are chopped up between two albums, which might have been the way it was released in the USA according to what I read about it.

As I listened to the songs, I realised that I had heard of Springfield. First off, I knew her from “What Have I Done To Deserve This” in 1987 with the Pet Shop Boys. I was a fan of the early Pet Shop Boys. Secondly, her songs have been featured in films such as Pulp Fiction, which gave her career a boost in the 90s.

Springfield was not the typical woman of the 60s who bowed down to the man. She fought for what she wanted her art to sound like and for the type of songs she wanted to sing. Because of it was she labeled as a bitch to work with. Luckily, we have come a long way since those days. Women do have a voice today.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “Wishin’ and Hopin‘ ” were among her biggest hits in the USA. You can find them on YouTube or on Spotify. “My Coloring Book” is one of the new favourite songs. The album is a solid album in its original version. I would say there was on misstep called “Mockingbird.” This is the type of song from the 50s that I hate. It is retarded. The album is great, so buy it or listen to it. 8/10.

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