Capable of bone-shaking R&B soul vocals or a smooth, pop-styled Motown sound, Dusty Springfield
turned versatility into a 40-year career in which she showed time and time again that she was among the best song interpreters in pop music. This single-disc compilation covers the whole journey, from her earliest hits with the Springfields
("Silver Threads and Golden Needles") to her solo hits ("Wishin' and Hopin," "Son of a Preacher Man") and her collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys
("What Have I Done to Deserve This"). While Rhino's three-disc Anthology
is still probably the best comprehensive introduction to Springfield
on the market, this one has the added advantage of including three early tracks from the Springfields
, as well as tracks featuring her later orchestrated adult contemporary style.