This album was constructed with the help of some of the best musicians in Memphis and with the use of superb material written by, among others, Jerry Goffin & Carol King, Randy Newman, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.
Dusty sings songs on this album that ordinarily would have been offered by their writers to black vocalists. Most of the songs, then, have a great deal of depth while presenting extremely direct and simple statements about love. Unlike many imported artists to Chips Moman’s American Sound Studio in Memphis, Dusty doesn’t sound out of place. The funky, soul stew comes to the fore on Son of a Preacher Man with a vocal that’s almost dirty and Dusty rides the groove for all it’s worth. Other stand out tracks are: Breakfast in Bed, Don’t forget About Me, No Easy Way Down, Just a Little Lovin’ and I Can’t Make it Alone.
Dusty created an artistic triumph with Dusty In Memphis and it soon became an album that was to set a standard, not only for her, but for other artists as well.