‘Come for a Dream’ shines light on Dusty Springfield’s 1970-1971 London recording sessions

Dusty‘Come for a Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971’
Dusty Springfield (Real Gone Music)
4 stars out of 5

Esteemed vocalist Dusty Springfield became a bona fide star during her 1968-1971 stint at Atlantic Records in the United States, releasing now-classic albums “Dusty in Memphis” and “A Brand New Me.” During this time, Springfield continued to record in her native England and those tracks are available stateside for the first time as “Come for a Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971.”

Dusty CDNine of the tunes eventually appeared on her 1972 U.K.-only release “See All Her Faces,” but now all 17 cuts finally appear in a single collection. Springfield was at the top of her game during this period and she puts her stamp on Leon Russell’s “A Song for You,” The Young Rascals’ “How Can I Be Sure,” Jimmy Webb’s “Mixed Up Girl,” Carole King & Gerry Goffin’s “Wasn’t Born to Follow” and The Five Stairsteps’ “O-o-h Child.”

Expansive (and fascinating) liner notes by Joe Marchese shine a light on Springfield’s career during this period and “Come for a Dream: The U.K. Sessions 1970-1971” also includes rare photos of the talented performer who left us to soon when she died in 1999 at the age of 59. Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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