Thursday, November 18, 2010

Aretha and Dusty

There's a scene in Woody Allen's Manhattan where he discusses the things that make life worth living. Now the scene may be a tad overwrought, but I have to confess to sometimes thinking along the same lines. Specifically, I would definitely put a lot of Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield songs on my list. Now, I'll confess, the idea to put the two together in a mixtape didn't occur to me until I saw a post on the great blog comparing their versions of I Can't Wait to See My Baby's Face (Yes, I also used the same pix from the post.) As with my previous Dusty mixtapes, I tried to limit my use of tracks from the albums Dusty in Memphis and A Brand New Me (since they're so perfect on their own), but I weakened and started the mix with Breakfast in Bed.

Breakfast in Bed Dusty Springfield
Groovin' Aretha Franklin
Try Matty's Aretha Franklin
Your Hurtin' Kind of Love Dusty Springfield
Crazy He Calls Me Aretha Franklin
Every Ounce of Strength Dusty Springfield
I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face Aretha Franklin
All the King's Horses Dusty Springfield
O-o-h Child Dusty Springfield
Ramblin' Aretha Franklin
Bring It On Home To Me Aretha Franklin
Sunny Dusty Springfield
Can You Love Again (Hey Now Hey) Aretha Franklin
Easy Evil Dusty Springfield
Master Of Eyes Aretha Franklin
Mamas Little Girl Dusty Springfield
Love Letters Aretha Franklin
Sweetest Smile And The Funkiest Style Aretha Franklin
I've Got A Good Thing Dusty Springfield
To Love Somebody Dusty Springfield
That's The Way I Feel About Cha Aretha Franklin

6 comments: said...

Just discovered your blog - not sure how I got here - via burning aquarium? I think I started the evening looking for Graham Parker stuff - an old hero of mine who I saw a few times in 77/78 with Southside Johnny etc. Anyway intrigued by your mixes and country refs - lived in Texas in 79-82. And funk etc - I'll be here for days. Would really like to hear how Dusty and Aretha stack up but the link is dead . Can you revitalise it please - thanks anyway - great blog.

Ishkabibliophile said...


I don't know exactly what happened, but the Aretha-Dusty link is revitalized. Hope you like it. said...

Thanks - enjoyed listening but surprised that Dusty won so easily. Aretha seems to be shrieking a bit on some of the more obscure songs whereas Dusty's still singing.

Ishkabibliophile said...


I will confess that a few of the Aretha choices are, at least, partly for their curiousity value. For me, it's always kind of interesting to hear stuff from her Columbia years - at the very least, it makes you appreciate her Atlantic stuff. said...

True! and yes it's good to check out the more obscure stuff in case of hidden gems.
Not to say I don't like it when Aretha wails, but, e.g. the Amazing Grace dbl album has plenty of soul and tunefulness too

Ishkabibliophile said...


See now you're making me think I need to have a round two between Dusty and Aretha.....