Classic Albums from U.K. Soul Sisters


By Smith Galtney

Dusty Springfield
Dusty in Memphis
(1969, Atlantic)
Don't let the title fool you: Springfield may have flown to the States and teamed up with Aretha Franklin's producers to create her masterpiece, but it's as British as fish and chips on a rainy afternoon. Poised, sophisticated, sensual'use it to smarten up teatime or elicit your next shag.

The Best of Sade
(1994, Epic/Sony)
Given how she's all but Xeroxed the same album for two decades, this collection counts as Sade's finest hour. The steady stream of lithe, Euro-spiced grooves make it easy to forgive this model-turned-singer's rather, um, spotty geography: 'Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago'?

Amy Winehouse
Back to Black
(2007, Universal Republic)
Recall Trainspotting's Begbie, who thought nothing of smashing his pint glass in someone's face? Now imagine him as a beehived soul queen -- with one big-ass broken heart. That's Winehouse. Just pray the girl lives long enough to record a follow-up to this instant