1001 Albums 0045-0046

Published March 23, 2013

My continued journey through the albums featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

0045: Dusty Springfield: A Girl Called Dusty (1964)
An album I've already heard.

This album has a great title and a great sleeve image. And the music on it? Well, I'm a huge fan of Dusty Springfield, but I don't think her début album is her very best moment. Mainly consisting of a lot of cover versions, Dusty's recordings are fine but seldom equal or better the originals, although her versions of 'My Colouring Book' and 'Wishin' And Hopin'' are excellent. With age I've found myself moving away from Dusty's sometimes "yell-y" (if that's a word) singing style on her early recordings, and preferring her recorded output from the late Sixties and early Seventies. So, A Girl Called Dusty is not my favourite album - but the title and the sleeve are absolutely fantastic.

Listen on Spotify.

0046: The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones (1964)

I'm not a super-huge fan of The Rolling Stones, although I love much of what they did during the Sixties and Seventies. I've heard most of their Sixties albums, except for this, their début, which I've never seen reason to seek out. Most of the British bands of the early Sixties relied far too heavily on blues and r&b covers, and that doesn't interest me so much.

Having said that, I enjoyed this album more than I expected. I believe I had only heard 'Tell Me' and their version of Chuck Berry's 'Carol' before, so the rest of the album was completely new to me. What I'm hearing is "wow, it's such a lot of fun to play this music and we've even written a couple of songs ourselves!" That enthusiasm is quite contagious, and the album proves that Mick Jagger was always a great singer, although it has to be said the playing is a little shaky and out-of-tune here and there (particularly on 'Honest I Do').

At the end of the day, as far as albums are concerned, I agree with most critics in saying that the Stones' output from 1968 to 1972 is their best. However, I also like the "pop" Stones of the mid-Sixties, when they released magnificent single after magnificent single. But this album: I'll probably give it a pass in the future.

Verdict: You can't fault it for enthusiasm, but it's hardly essential listening.

This album is not available on Spotify, but I've put together a Youtube playlist of the individual tracks.


Dusty Springfield: A Girl Called Dusty.


The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones.


NB! US version of album, with slightly different track listing: