Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis

A classic now cut at 45 RPM!

Originally released in 1969, the concept for Dusty In Memphis was to take England's reigning female soul queen to the home of the music which had inspired her. Produced by Atlantic's Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin and engineered by Tom Dowd, the record's highlights include "Son Of A Preacher Man," "So Much Love," "Breakfast In Bed," "Just One Smile," "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" and "Just A Little Lovin'". Springfield is backed by a crack band that had previously worked with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, King Curtis and Elvis Presley among others. The musicians - collectively known as the Memphis Cats - include guitarist Reggie Young, bassist Tommy Cogbill, drummer Gene Chrismann, pianist Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons on organ and electric piano. Songwriting contributions came from, among others, Randy Newman, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Dusty Springfield is one of the finest white soul singers of her era, and this is the undisputed proof.

LP of the Month - Hi-Fi News
"...this LP proved definitively that Ms. Springfield ranks right up there with Aretha Franklin, Etta James and other soul/R&B queens of the post-WWII era...This edition is the finest I've ever heard." LP of the Month. Sound Quality = 99% - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News

"...absolutely stunning double 45rpm issue mastered from the original tape by Kevin Gray...I didn't know what to expect from this but my most optimistic hopes didn't begin to approach this album's reinvention at 45rpm...A classic reinvented. Very highly recommended for the music, for the mastering and for the superbly detailed pressing quality too from Quality Record Pressings." Music = 9/11, Sound = 9/11 - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com, November 2011

"...As with all 45 RPM remasterings, the higher groove velocity has made possible the extended high frequencies and lower noise that make this edition a marvel of sound." Performance = 5/5, Sound = 5/5; Editor's Pick, Recording of the Month — Robert Baird, Stereophile, February 2012

"... Kevin Gray turned in a sparkling re-mastering and the 45-RPM pressing from Chad Kassem's Quality Records could hardly be better. 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' throws a huge soundstage and Dusty on vinyl sets a high barrier for high def digital to aim for." Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10 — Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 86 



1. Just A Little Lovin'
2. So Much Love
3. Son Of A Preacher Man
4. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
5. Don't Forget About Me
6. Breakfast In Bed
7. Just One Smile
8. The Windmills Of Your Mind
9. In The Land Of Make Believe
10. No Easy Way Down
11. I Can't Make It Alone

Customer Reviews (4.75 Stars) 12 person(s) rated this product.

Disappointing - Lacks Air and Sparkle

posted on 08/11/2015
2 Stars
Reviewer: AnalogJ
There is no doubt that this double-45 increases resolution of midrange detail and adds extension in the bass. You can hear the artifact that Dusty is singing in a confined booth while the musicians are in a different space. Because of that, the sonic picture is less cohesive. You lose the Phil Spector-like "wall of sound" that I think was intended.

Comparing to a 2nd press (1841 Broadway, Atlantic) and 4 Men With Beards pressings, the Atlantic is lighter on its feet. It's balanced. It has air and sparkle without being bright. While it's not as detailed as the AP, the Atlantic is better because it's a more fun, more cohesive listen.

The 4 Men With Beards has more lower end weight than the Atlantic, but it's painfully bright on top. The AP does add weight below, but it's too rolled off on top, like a blanket was thrown over the top.

This was an early AP QRP 45rpm. They have done much better since then, some of which is fantastic.

Truly, a great pressing that...

posted on 05/22/2015
5 Stars
far exceeds the 3 Men In Beards sibilant, edgy noise-fest.

Now, if only "Stay Awhile - I Only Want To Be With You" one day receives the same (well deserved) royal treatment. Hint, hint...


posted on 05/11/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: adrian naunton
A great release for a great lp. This lp is just so vibrant! A shame its not a gatefold sleeve but thats a minor complaint for a very high quality release that is worth the price tag.


posted on 01/26/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ray
Not only is the album an all time classic, as we all know, and that Dusty is one of the finest singers the planet has ever witnessed, the presentation here on Quality Record Pressing's double 45 LP is breathtaking! I was so excited to be getting this album, and after hearing it I couldn't be happier. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. It is simply amazing. Dusty never sounded better....if you can believe that!

One final thing, this pressing was used with the original master tapes. Do not confuse this issue with the extremely poor 4MenWithBeards issue.

Stunning re-issue

posted on 12/31/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Lou
I agree with all the reviewers. This pressing is great. The sultriness, the sexiness of her voice shines through.

The Greatest Female Singer of All Time

posted on 06/28/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tony McCarty
With all due respect to Aretha, Whitney, Mariah, Adele, etc., Dusty Springfield is the greatest female singer who ever lived and this album proves it. She had total mastery of her voice, and always made sure that her voice fit the song -- not the other way around. Dusty's performance turns each song on this masterpiece into its own little movie. She could be sexy, vulnerable, emotive, tough, and dramatic, sometimes within the same song. In the 1960's, she went from folk/world music with the Springfields, to Brill-building style pop (I only Want to Be with You), to, in her words, "big ballady things" (You Don't Have to Say You Love Me), to torch songs (The Look of Love), and ended the decade with Dusty in Memphis. This pressing is exquisite. Instruments, backing vocals, and Dusty's vocals sound more clear, rich, and natural than other versions, including the very good 4 Men W/Beards. You can really feel her emotional connection to each song, which is why she was the greatest.

great production

posted on 05/22/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jorge Ferreira
what a great production!!!! outstanding sound and pressing.

Best version

posted on 01/28/2012
5 Stars
This 45 RPM pressing is the best version (either cd or vinyl) that I have ever heard of this classic album. Beautifully mastered and on dead quiet vinyl. Get one before they're all snapped up. Highly recommended.

Golden Age

posted on 11/28/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: J Ellis
I finally got round to spending some time with this LP. I wanted the right moment and a cold Sunday evening next to a warm fire felt right. As I listened I was thinking back to the early 90's - we never turned away from vinyl as much here in the UK as you did in the US, but still it was a difficult time and getting clean copies of much wanted LP's was tough. I bought a lot of CDs at the time and I recall with hindsight how my listening habits changed - I stopped listening to album after album and found myself turning off the CD player after just 1 CD or keeping it on as background only. Anyway the point of this ramble is to say that I for one hoped this day would come - if you didn't know we are in a golden age for vinyl my dreams are coming true as I snap up Dusty, Blue Note & Impulse 45's, Nat, Elvis etc etc. If you don't get this LP you will regret it - compared to the CD it's not even close the 45 sounds like real life & real musicians and I confess it brought a tear to my eye...

Better than this album has ever sounded before!

posted on 11/18/2011
5 Stars

Hooray for Kevin Gray and Quality Records

posted on 10/30/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
This 45 rpm reproduction of DIM is just marvelous. The detail is just so clear and I have heard so many versions. There was always this hiss on all the versions I have heard. It arrived a little scratched but it's a record you know. I was more interested in the sound and detail because I own every version of this recording be it old new cd etc etc. The 45 RPM helps I think every aspect of the sound, than a 33 1/3. So honestly this is as good as it gets. I wish my system was more audiophile but what can you do. DIM FOREVER

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