150g Vinyl LP Mix of British Pop, Soul & Orchestra with Dusty's Soaring, Soulful Vocals!
Includes "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face", "Take Me For A Little While", "Sunny" & "(They Long To Be) Close To You"!
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Where Am I Going? is the third studio album by the blue-eyed soul singer Dusty Springfield, hailed by Rolling Stone as Britain's "best ever pop singer". The album was originally released in the UK on Philips Records in 1967. At this time, Dusty was firmly established in Britain as one of their most popular singers, having several hits in America as well. With Where Am I Going?, rather than the straightforward pop of A Girl Called Dusty or the pop and soul of Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, Springfield ventured into more varying styles from jazz to soul, to pop and even show tunes!
In the United States, the album was released in a quite altered form as The Look Of Love, titled after a successful Springfield recording originally only released as a single B-side in Britain. This import LP is the original British version of the album, and unlike the altered and rather muddled form of the U.S. release, most of the music here is in the pop/soul vein that Springfield excelled at. Standout tracks include a cover of the little-known Aretha Franklin song "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face," a spectacular version of Evie Sands' hit "Take Me For A Little While," a jazzy remake of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny," and a gorgeous take on Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "(They Long To Be) Close To You".
The song "Where Am I Going?" was later sampled in the song "Zenophile", from the 2004 album Destroy Rock & Roll, by Scottish electronic music artist Mylo. "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" was sampled in the song "Nothing Can Stop Us" from the 1991 album Foxbase Alpha by Saint Etienne.
The album's cover image is a famous photograph of Dusty taken by John d Green for Birds of Britain on April 12, 1967 at his Kensington studios. A print of the image is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. John recalls the shoot: "Dusty Springfield is an interesting story. She rang to say she could only give me half and hour. So I tested the background and exposure, lighting, etc. using my assistant ready for the shoot. Dusty arrived at the studio and we spent half an hour taking the pictures. A couple of rolls of film and that was it. I expected her to rush home, but she didn't go. Four hours later, after endless cups of coffee, she was still there. She needed a shoulder and it happened to be mine, telling me her life story. She was a very lovely talented girl."
"...The music inside with strings and orchestration is a relentless delight. The Pat Williams arrangement of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" with conductor Peter Knight reveals a touch of the James Bond riff, a definite sign of the times. One can hear the wondrous voices of Madeline Bell and Lesley Duncan, the backing voices blending perfectly with the orchestration in songs like "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" and "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream." "Where Am I Going?" is as perfectly surreal as its title suggests -- imagine Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music twirling around in the windmills of Springfield's mind. This is not the driving pop of "I Only Want to Be With You" or "Wishin' & Hopin'," this is symphonic adult contemporary. "They Long to Be Close to You" is the serious and dramatic blues that the Carpenters aspired to develop. "Welcome Home" is out of this world rhythm & blues told with authority. It and other tracks from Where Am I Going? puts Springfield in that elite class reserved for the best of Janis Joplin, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald -- female vocalists who found notes in niches of songs that were unavailable to lesser mortals..." - allmusic.com
150g Vinyl LP
Original UK version
Cover photo of Dusty Springfield by John d Green, now in the London National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection
Sleeve notes by Keith Altham on back of jacket
Part of the Free Soul vinyl collection (Universal Music Japan)
Free Soul vinyl collection insert (in Japanese)
1. Bring Him Back
2. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream
3. I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face
4. Take Me For A Little While
5. Chained To A Memory
1. They Long To Be Close To You
2. Welcome Home
3. Come Back To Me
4. If You Go Away
5. Broken Blossoms
6. Where Am I Going