Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dusty Springfield - Am I the Same Girl? - Various Songs (1969-1970)

I've said several times in this blog that Dusty Spingfield's 1960s discography is a confusing mess. And that's not even considering her parallel career of numerous TV and radio appearances, where she did a whole different set of songs (check out my "On TV and Radio" series for that).

This is the last of my 1960s stray tracks albums for her. If you download this, plus all my previously posted stray tracks albums for her, and you get all of her official British albums, you should have literally everything she recorded in the 1960s.

Just to be clear, these are the 1960s albums I have NOT posted here, since they're fine as they are:

Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty (1965)
Where Am I Going (1967)
Dusty ... Definitely (1968)
Dusty in Memphis (1969)

On top of that, I've posted six stray tracks collections, including this one. I posted the stray tracks albums out of order, so it's easy to get confused. Just download everything from her and you'll be fine. ;)

Now that's spelled out, let's get to the music on this album. The first eight songs are from singles, with six out of those eight being A-sides. The remaining five songs are songs that were officially released later, as bonus tracks or on archival releases.

Given the large number of A-sides, it's a safe bet this is a pretty solid album, even if a lot of her singles weren't big hits. (She was entering a period of commercial decline, with a few exceptions, probably because her musical style and looks became increasingly out of step with the more wild hippie trends of the time.) In fact, I'd go so far to say that there's usually little difference between the quality of her album tracks and non-album tracks, because she was a perfectionist with everything she did.

Anyway, note that this does not include all of her stray tracks from 1970. I have some more of those on the next stray tracks of hers that I'll be posting.

One more thing. I recently found a few more songs for a couple of albums in my "On TV and Radio" series. For the 1969 album, I found two additional songs: "It's Your Thing," and a medley of " Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Since You’ve Been Gone [Sweet Sweet Baby] - To Love Somebody - People Got to Be Free." It's like ten minutes of her getting very soulful, so you definitely should download the mp3 files again, if you've done that already. Here's the link:

And I updated the 1971 to 1973 album with two additional songs: "You Got What It Takes" (a duet with Tom Jones) and "But Alive." I'm not a big Tom Jones fan, but the duet with him is decent. Here's the link to that:

01. Willie and Laura Mae Jones (Dusty Springfield)
02. That Old Sweet Roll [Hi-De-Ho] (Dusty Springfield)
03. Am I the Same Girl (Dusty Springfield)
04. Earthbound Gypsy (Dusty Springfield)
05. I Wanna Be a Free Girl (Dusty Springfield)
06. What Good Is I Love You (Dusty Springfield)
07. Morning Please Don't Come (Dusty Springfield)
08. How Can I Be Sure (Dusty Springfield)
09. What Do You Do When Love Dies (Dusty Springfield)
10. Cherished (Dusty Springfield)
11. Goodbye (Dusty Springfield)
12. Richest Girl Alive (Dusty Springfield)
13. Summer Love (Dusty Springfield)

For the cover art, I chose the cover of one of the covers for her "Am I the Same Girl" single. I cleaned it up and removed some text on it, such as the name of the B-side.

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