If you guys want a GREAT old school sorta pop singer does a great R&B album...pick up Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis. A terrific album. Listening to it, you can hear all sorts of influences....Carole King, Aretha, Burt Bacharach. Most will recognize 'Son of a Preacher Man' (I love Aretha but her version ain't got nothing on this version) but this album doesn't have a bad track on it. As I've said, each song is different but they all work together quite well making a great album as opposed to a record with one or two good songs and a bunch of crap.
Pick up the Rhino reissue, it's a good remaster of the original. You can still hear some analog tape hiss but the recording sounds damn good. Maybe a wee bit hot but I think that's to draw attention away from the tape hiss. Plus, it's got and additional 12 bonus tracks of some really good stuff.
I know that someone has reissued this on 180gm vinyl so I'm off to find it online.....