Faithful - Real Gone Music ( Atlantic) 2015 (1971)
The title “Faithful” comes from one of the greatest tracks one the album, "I'll Be Faithful", which would have been a much better choice for a single; the song written by Albright/Sloes/Soles has quite a lot in her classic “Son of a Preacher Man”.
A fire at one of Atlantic's storage sites was thought to have destroyed the 'Faithful' session tapes, but at some point in the nineties the album's producer, Jeff Barry, revealed that he had kept completed stereo mixes of all the tracks. Many of the songs were released as bonus tracks on the Rhino/Atlantic deluxe remastered edition of Dusty in Memphis in 1999, but now “Faithful” has been released as a proper album.
Though the album does not quite compare with her classic “Dusty in Memphis” it really has some great tracks. Dusty’s vocals are as always perfect, but some songs are a bit ordinary and forgettable.
Besides “I’ll Be Faithful”, the quiet “Live Here With You” stand out; also a song credited to Michael Soles with Gilbert Slavin, these two were also behind a third highlight; the soul/gospel song “I Found my Way Through the Darkness”.
Charming is the light “All the King’s Horses”, and the version of “You’ve Got a Friend” is nice, without adding much new to the original Carole King version.