Everything's Coming Up Dusty - Philpis 1965
Having read a portrait article about her, renewed my interest, and I thought her second album "Everything's Coming up Dusty" would be the logical next buy.
I expected it to be much in the same vein as her debut; and in some ways it is; and somehow it's also pretty different. Dusty's voice of course is all over it, and it's mostly great. My objections towards this album compared to her debut is that several tracks suffer from heavy orchestration and that the songs are generally not quite up to the high standards of her debut.
There are exceptions of, course. A song that I always disliked with the Manfred Mann is "Oh No, Not My Baby", but Dusty's version here is great. Rod Argent's Motown inspired "If It Don't Work Out" written for Dusty, is another stand-out. Try listening to the Zombies own version, which is at least just as fine.
"It Was Easier to Hurt Him" is classic Dusty; a great song and great performance. The bonus tracks are good, but really no more; none of them made any strong impression.