A Brand New Me

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A Brand New Me
Cover of the American release of the album
Studio album by Dusty Springfield
Released 15 January 1970 (1970-01-15) (US)
10 April 1970 (1970-04-10) (UK)
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, September–October 1969
Genre Pop, soul
Length 25:52
Label Atlantic (US)
Philips (UK)
Producer Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff
Dusty Springfield chronology
Dusty in Memphis
(1969)
A Brand New Me
(1970)
See All Her Faces
(1972)
Alternate cover
Cover of the UK release of the album, From Dusty with Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (US Release) 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic (UK Release) 3/5 stars[2]

A Brand New Me is the sixth studio album by English singer Dusty Springfield, released on Atlantic Records in January 1970. The album was also released in the UK three months later on Philips Records, under the title From Dusty with Love. The album was recorded in late 1969 at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. It is Springfield's only album on which every song was produced by the same production team. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who also wrote many songs on the album and who went on to have success with many groups and singers in the 1970s, among them Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The O'Jays, MFSB and The Three Degrees.

The title track was released as a single in the US in late 1969, peaking at No. 3 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and No. 24 on the Top 40 chart in early 1970; Springfield would not earn another Top 40 hit for 17 years. From Dusty with Love was Springfield's last UK album to feature her name in the title; all but one of her previous five albums had done so. The album had moderate success in the UK, peaking at No. 35 on their album chart; the US release, however, stalled at No. 107.

In 1992, Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group's sublabel Rhino Entertainment re-released a digitally remastered edition of A Brand New Me in the US, featuring nine bonus tracks originally issued as A- and B-side singles in the US in the years following the A Brand New Me album's release, among them recordings made with both Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Ellie Greenwich as well as tracks from a shelved second album with Gamble & Huff, and one track recorded for Philips Records, but never released by Atlantic (Springfield's contract with Atlantic allowed them to release Philips recordings). Some of these recordings were first issued in the UK on the 1972 album See All Her Faces (which had no US counterpart), others would remain unavailable in the UK for another ten years until PolyGram released an expanded edition of Dusty in Memphis as part of their mid-price series Reflections, entitled Dusty in Memphis Plus and released on the Mercury Records label in the UK and the rest of Europe in September 1980.

From Dusty with Love was first issued on CD by Philips Records/PolyGram and re-issued in Europe in the early 1990s. A digitally remastered CD edition of From Dusty with Love was released by Mercury/Universal Music Group in the UK/Europe in 2002, featuring alternate versions of recordings from the 1970 Gamble & Huff sessions as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lost"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Jerry Butler 2:29
2. "Bad Case of the Blues"   Roland Chambers, Gamble 2:03
3. "Never Love Again"   Chambers, Gamble, Huff 3:24
4. "Let Me in Your Way"   Chambers, Gamble 2:48
5. "Let's Get Together Soon"   Gamble, Huff 2:45
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Brand New Me"   Thom Bell, Butler, Gamble 2:29
2. "Joe"   Allan Felder, Gamble, Norman Harris 2:22
3. "Silly, Silly Fool"   Gamble, Huff 2:33
4. "The Star of My Show"   Gamble, Huff 2:30
5. "Let's Talk It Over"   Gamble, Huff 2:29

Bonus tracks CD re-issues[edit]

Bonus tracks A Brand New Me, Rhino Records 1992
No. Title Writer(s) Release History Length
11. "I Wanna Be a Free Girl"   Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff First release: Atlantic US single #2729 (A-side), 16 April 1970 (1970-04-16)
First UK release: Dusty In Memphis Plus, 1980
2:57
12. "What Good Is I Love You?"   Ellie Greenwich, Mike Rashkow First release: Atlantic US single #2771 (A-side), 12 January 1971 (1971-01-12)
First UK release: See All Her Faces, 1972
2:57
13. "What Do You Do When Love Dies"   Mary Unobsky, Donna Weiss First release: Atlantic US single #2771 (B-side of "What Good Is I Love You")
First UK release: Dusty In Memphis Plus, 1980
2:42
14. "Haunted"   Jeff Barry, Bobby Bloom First release: Atlantic US single #2825 (A-side), 4 August 1971 (1971-08-04)
First UK release: Dusty In Memphis Plus, 1980
2:27
15. "Nothing Is Forever"   Barry, Bloom First release: Atlantic US single #2825 (B-side of "Haunted")
First UK release: See All Her Faces, 1972
2:35
16. "Someone Who Cares"   Alex Harvey First release: Atlantic US single #2841 (B-side of "I Believe In You"), 14 November 1971 (1971-11-14)
First UK release: See All Her Faces, 1972
2:56
17. "I Believe in You"   Barry First release: Atlantic US single #2841 (A-side), 14 November 1971 (1971-11-14)
First UK release: Dusty In Memphis Plus, 1980
3:12
18. "I'll Be Faithful" (Mono mix) Ned W. Albright, Michael F. Soles, Steve Soles Originally unissued 3:02
19. "I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You" (Alternate mix) Nickolas Ashford, Brian Holland, Valerie Simpson Originally unissued mix. First release original mix: Dusty... Definitely, 1968 2:30
  • Track 11. Recording date: March 1970. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia. Producers: staff for Gamble-Huff Productions. Arranger:Thom Bell.
  • Track 12. Recording date: 23 July 1970. Recorded at A & R Studios, New York. Producers: Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow.
  • Track 13. Recording date: September 1968. Recorded at American Studios, Memphis. Dusty Springfield's final vocals recorded in New York. Producers: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.
  • Tracks 14 & 15. Recording date: 27 March 1971. Recorded at Century Sound Studio, New York. Producer & arranger: Jeff Barry.
  • Tracks 16, 17 & 18. Recording date: between January and June 1971. Recorded at Century Sound Studio, New York. Producer & arranger: Jeff Barry.
Bonus tracks From Dusty with Love, Mercury Records 2002
No. Title Writer(s) Release History Length
11. "The Richest Girl Alive"   Gamble, Huff Originally unissued
First release: US compilation Love Songs, Rhino/Atlantic 2001
3:01
12. "Summer Love"   Gamble, Huff Originally unissued
First release: US compilation Love Songs, Rhino/Atlantic 2001
2:48
13. "I Wanna Be A Free Girl"   Bell, Creed, Gamble, Huff First release: Atlantic US single #2729 (A-side), 16 April 1970 (1970-04-16)
First UK release: Dusty In Memphis Plus, 1980
 
  • Tracks 11–13. Recording date: February–March 1970. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia. Producers: Gamble & Huff Productions.


Other Tracks


Recorded February 1970 at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia. Producers: Gamble & Huff Productions.


"Something For Nothing"
"Cherished"
"Goodbye"
"Sweet Charlie Babe" (later recorded by Jackie Moore who is believed to have recorded over Dusty's original vocal).

Personnel and production[edit]

  • Dusty Springfield – vocals
  • Ugene Dozier – piano, producer
  • Roland Chambers – guitar, arranger, producer
  • Vince Montana – background vocals, vibraphone
  • Norman Harris – guitar
  • Ronnie Baker – bass
  • Earl Young – drums
  • The Sweethearts of Sigma – background vocals
  • Don Renaldo & His String Section – strings
  • Sam Reed & His Horn Section – horns
  • Thom Bell – arranger
  • Bobby Martin – arranger
  • Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia
  • Joe Tarsia – engineer
  • Loring Eutemey – cover design (A Brand New Me)
  • Dan Hersch – remastering (A Brand New Me, 1992 re-issue)
  • Bill Inglot – remastering (A Brand New Me, 1992 re-issue)
  • Jim Feldman – liner notes (A Brand New Me, 1992 re-issue)
  • Deborah Frost – project assistant (A Brand New Me, 1992 re-issue)
  • Mike Gill – remastering/mix (From Dusty with Love, 2002 re-issue)
  • Roger Wake – remastering/mix (From Dusty with Love, 2002 re-issue)

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 107

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1969 "A Brand New Me" Pop Singles 24
1969 "A Brand New Me" Adult Contemporary 3
1970 "Silly, Silly Fool" Pop Singles 76
1970 "Silly, Silly Fool" Adult Contemporary 25
1970 "I Wanna Be a Free Girl" Pop Singles 105
1970 "I Wanna Be a Free Girl" Adult Contemporary 25

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic A Brand New Me review". Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic From Dusty with Love review". Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  • Howes, Paul (2001). The Complete Dusty Springfield. London: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 1-903111-24-2.

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