AT CERTAIN TIMES nothing makes more sense than listening to a Dusty Springfield record all day. In the past you could just leave the arm on the phonograph and let the album replay over and over. Dusty in Memphis was particularly suited for this. You could play it all night (getting high), turn it down while you went to sleep (nodded), and turn it up again when you woke up Sunday morning (coming down). With the new Rhino edition of Dusty in Memphis, containing an additional fourteen songs (many previously unreleased), it's almost as easy, even if we're older now, trying not to stay up all night, and missing too many brain cells to figure out how to program the repeat function on the CD player.
Dusty in Memphis has long been considered a perfect pop record. It's also the consummate drug album, all the more insidious and ravishing coming from Dusty. Just listen to the sequence with “Son of a
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