Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 89/500! Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Son of a Preacher Man" - Rated 242/500!
Britain's greatest pop diva Dusty Springfield was the finest white soul singer of her era and this landmark Atlantic Records album from 1969 is a masterpiece, a perfect marriage of pop and soul...contains her top 10 hit "Son Of A Preacher Man" plus several other hit singles and classic tracks...
Originally released in 1969, the concept for Dusty In Memphis was to take England's reigning female soul queen to the home of the music which had inspired her. Produced by Atlantic's Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin and engineered by Tom Dowd, the record's highlights include "Son Of A Preacher Man," "So Much Love," "Breakfast In Bed," "Just One Smile," "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" and "Just A Little Lovin'". Springfield is backed by a crack band that had previously worked with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, King Curtis and Elvis Presley among others. The musicians - collectively known as the Memphis Cats - include guitarist Reggie Young, bassist Tommy Cogbill, drummer Gene Chrismann, pianist Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons on organ and electric piano. Songwriting contributions came from, among others, Randy Newman, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Dusty Springfield is one of the finest white soul singers of her era, and this is the undisputed proof.
"Born in London, Springfield was a great soul singer hidden inside a white British pop queen — racking up Motown-style hits such as "I Only Want to Be With You" — when Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler brought her way down South, to Memphis, to make this album. She was so intimidated by the idea of recording with session guys from her favorite Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding hits that she never sang a note there. Her vocals were overdubbed in New York. But the result was blazing soul and sexual honesty ("Breakfast in Bed," "Son of a Preacher Man") that transcended both race and geography." - www.rollingstone.com
"Dusty In Memphis" was picked as the #9 coolest record of all time in the April 11, 2002 issue of Rolling Stone and chosen by Mojo magazine as one of the best 100 albums ever released... a recognized classic around the world! Simply put, "Dusty in Memphis" is one of the greatest blue eyed soul albums of all time! A certified classic and must have for any collection!
"Springfield was white and English but sang as if born with black American soul. In 1968, newly signed to Atlantic and under the tutelage of its star producer Wexler, she went to the mecca of Dixie R&B to record the gospel-tinged Dusty in Memphis. She ended up doing her vocals in New York, but no matter: Her deep, heated voice captured the carnal fire of the South." - Rolling Stone
Features: • Super Audio CD • SACD Stereo SACD Layer • This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players! • Includes 3 bonus tracks
Musicians: Dusty Springfield, vocals Gene Chrisman, drums Reggie Young, guitar, sitar Tommy Cogbill, bass, guitar Bobby Emmons, organ, electric piano, conga Bobby Wood, piano Mike Leach, conga The Sweet Inspirations, background vocals
Selections: 1. Just A Little Lovin' 2. So Much Love 3. Son Of A Preacher Man 4. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore 5. Don't Forget About Me 6. Breakfast In Bed 7. Just One Smile 8. The Windmills Of Your Mind 9. In the Land of Make Believe 10. No Easy Way Down 11. I Can't Make It Alone Bonus Tracks: 12. Willie And Laura Mae Jones 13. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho) 14. What Do You Do When Love Dies