Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Son of a Preacher Man" - Rated 242/500!
Dusty grooves in Memphis! 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... "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!
"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
The folks at 4 Men With Beards are outdoing themselves this time - audiophile remastering from the original master tapes, original artwork, gatefold sleeve and includes new exclusive liner notes by maverick '60s music historian Alec Palao and guitarist/songwriter Chuck Prophet.
"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
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