The story goes that Dusty Springfield was perennially late to recording sessions, because she wouldn't record without full makeup, hairdo, etc. She was known as one of the highest maintenance performers in music history.

Better late than never.

Waxed in 1969, Dusty in Memphis happened when England's top soul singer came to Memphis, the epicenter of the music she had covered in various forms for her entire career. In some ways, she fits right in -- her lacy, delicate voice the perfect counterpart to the brassy, swaggering band around her.

In other ways, she's a bit intimidated...in a good way. Her clear respect and admiration for American soul informs a desperate will to pour out everything and come correct. She never sounded better on tracks like the familiar "Son of a Preacher Man" and the lesser-known "Breakfast in Bed."