Album: Dusty Springfield, Goin' Back: The Definitive Dusty Springfield (Mercury)


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Though far from definitive, the 4CD/3DVD set Goin' Back fulfils a valuable service by augmenting the mandatory hits with copious tranches of previously unreleased material, from an early '50s recording of "Can't We Be Friends" through several discfuls of BBC sessions, soundtrack contributions and alternative takes from Dusty In Memphis.

But it's a case of swings and roundabouts: you might get several live cuts by The Springfields, along with several of the group's TV shows amongst the DVDs, but bizarrely, their hits "Island Of Dreams" and "Say I Won't Be There" are nowhere to be found. Likewise, there's no room for "Breakfast In Bed", though compensation of sorts lies in a previously unheard live version of "I Say A Little Prayer" which suffers not one iota by comparison with Aretha Franklin's.

Download This: I Only Want To Be With You; Losin' You; I Say A Little Prayer; I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself; Goin' Back; Son Of A Preacher Man