My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: “A Girl Called Dusty” was recorded in January of 1964 and was released in April of that year in her home country of UK. The album wouldn’t have a proper US release until 1990. This is Sprinfield’s debut album and the music was influenced by soul music she heard while traveling with The Springfields through the US.
What I liked: This album is a really great mix of straight up pop songs like “Mama Said” and “Do Re Mi” put together with harder hitting songs like “My Colouring Book” and “Twenty Hours From Tulsa”. Side A is so good, I can’t even pick a favorite. “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through his Eyes” is as close to perfection in a song as you can get. “Mockingbird” is also up there, because of what she adds to such a simple song. I think my favorite song on the album is “Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa” for its mix of storytelling and Springfield’s great vocals. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this album is Dusty’s ability to finish a song. Take a song like “Anyone Who Had A Heart”, I really didn’t care for it at all, but by time the end came, I was so amazed with her performance my opinion had changed.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think it should be here, Dusty is perfect here at straddling the line between pop and substance. I expect we’ll be hearing from Dusty again a few years down the road (album release years, and probably blog years as well) with Dusty In Memphis.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (38/48)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%