• Dusty’s final album from 1995, of which she stated, “This is an album that I feel truly proud of”, is re-issued by boutique label SFE as an Expanded Collector’s Edition 2-disc set. This edition is complete with two bonus audio tracks and a DVD of the last two promotional videos Dusty ever made; the Dianne Warren penned ‘Wherever Would I Be’ – a duet with Daryl Hall and ‘Roll Away’ filmed on the atmospheric Atlantic coast of Ireland. The deluxe miniature LP style sleeve packaging also includes a comprehensive and celebratory 32 page booklet containing sleeve notes and lyrics to give added context to the creation of an album that can be seen as the perfect finale to Dusty’s recording career. An album in which Dusty’s softer vocal timbre often imbues the lyrics with the wisdom of lived experience to devastating emotional impact.
• Recorded in Nashville and produced by Tom Shapiro, ‘A Very Fine Love’ is a diverse collection of ‘adult contemporary’ pop tunes executed by some of Nashville’s leading session players of the day. Dusty chose songs that had mature but accessible tunes and lyrics, repertoire that was, in her own words, “fairly grown up and befitting a woman of my age and experience”. The album’s first working title had been ‘Dusty In Nashville’ with its obvious echoes of arguably her finest album, ‘Dusty In Memphis’. It wasn’t long though before the record label felt that the more diverse and adult contemporary pop repertoire of the album would not be adequately reflected in such a proscriptive title with its overtly country overtones.
• K.T. Oslin and Mary Chapin Carpenter provided backing vocals on one of the album’s undoubted highlights, closing track ‘Where Is Woman To Go’ – a bluesy masterclass in phrasing and control. The title track, ‘Very Fine Love’ was described in 1995’s music magazine ‘Picks And Pans’ as, “a brassy bundle of joy with a Springfield vocal that’s so contagious it seems to be daring you not to sing along.”
• This edition includes two bonus tracks, variant versions of lead single ‘Wherever Would I Be’; an original Dusty solo version and the more A.O.R. tinged guitar led ‘Walter A. Mix’ which was aimed at the American market.
• In hindsight, ‘A Very Fine Love’, being Dusty’s final album, has become almost valedictory; a final celebratory blaze of Dusty glory. The final parting gift of an immense vocal talent whose consummate story-telling therein provides a summation of a legend’s life in song.