Universal Music - 2004 - 144 minutes
While there's a younger generation who know Dusty Springfield's voice mainly from adding class to advertisements for the likes of drinks companies ('Spooky') and the ESB ('Goin' Back' soundtracking an Irish mammy preparing for her son's homecoming), there's a whole lot of music lovers for whom Dusty will be forever Memphis.
Springfield's blue-eyed soul classic, 'Dusty In Memphis', is represented on this Best Of by six tracks including her definitive recordings of 'Son of a Preacher Man', 'Breakfast in Bed', and 'Just a Little Lovin'. But 'The Look of Love' covers more than just that 1969 pinnacle of success, taking tracks all the way from her debut solo single 'I Only Want To Be With You' (still a belter) to a rather less successful cut from her last album, 1995's 'A Very Fine Love'.
If, on the whole, Springfield's later work is unsatisfying - with the honourable exception of her 1987 Pet Shop Boys collaboration, 'What Have I Done To Deserve This' - there's still enough heartbreak and of that incredibly emotive voice here to keep a casual fan entertained. And perhaps 'The Look of Love' will encourage some to instigate a more thorough investigation into all things Dusty. She's well worth it.
Tracklisting Disc 1: The Look Of Love - Brand New Me - Love Me By Name - Goin' Back - Sandra - Breakfast In Bed - Go Easy On Me - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Second Time Around - I Think It's Gonna Rain Today - That's How Heartaches Are Made - Never Love Again - Something In Your Eyes - All I See Is You - Who (Will Take My Place)? - If You Go Away - What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? - In The Middle Of Nowhere (Remix) - Let Me Love - You Once Before You Go - Son Of A Preacher Man - No Easy Way Down - Daydreaming
Tracklisting Disc 2: What Have I Done To Deserve This (Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield) - Some Of Your Lovin' - Chained To A Memory - Spooky - Lose Again (Live At The Royal Albert Hall) - A Love Like Yours - I Only Want To Be With You - Time After Time - This Girls In Love With You - Welcome Home - I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten - Arrested By You - Just A Little Lovin' - How Can I Be Sure - You've Got A Friend - (They Long To Be) Close To You - You Set My Dreams To Music - I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love - Losing You - I'll Try Anything (Remix) - In The Winter - In The Land Of Make Believe - Just One Smile - If It Hadn't Been For You (Remix) - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me