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Dusty Springfield

Live at the Royal Albert Hall -DVD

Review by Lisa Palmeno

Dusty Springfield's concert was recorded in 1979 at The Royal Albert Hall "In the presence of her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon." Performing for a standing-room-only audience that skirted the stage for an intimate concert, Springfield created the melodramatic tones of her pop-vocal style that popularized her radio hits in Britain and America. With ten songs and a bonus interview, the DVD is a nice compilation of covers and Dusty Springfield originals.

Utilizing a 1960s music trademark, she sings two medleys, "We Are Family/You Can Do It/On Your Knees" and "Going Back/Only Want to Be With You/Stay a While/Just A Little Loving/Some Of Your Lovin'/The Look of Love/Wishin' And Hopin'/I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself/I'm Losin' You." Her rendition of Sister's Sledge's "We Are Family" is really not in keeping with her style, but she mixes it up with the songs, giving variety and zest to the show.

Known best for her original performances of dramatic love ballads such as her schmaltzy mega-hit "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," and "All I See Is You," the concert is filled with heartfelt mood pieces. The feeling is smooth and comforting on "I Close My Eyes," and "Lose Again" is tender and hopeful.

"Put Your Hands Together" is upbeat and commanding, and Springfield does the song justice. She had a good band and excellent back-up singers on this one, and all bring energy to the classic hit "This Will Be".

The DVD will be fun for easy-listening pop music lovers to reminisce and enjoy the nostalgia, and to remember Springfield's contribution to contemporary music.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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