Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You is the first album of singer Dusty Springfield to be released in the USA. It was issued on the Philips Records label in 1964 and includes Springfield's hit singles "I Only Want To Be With You", "Stay Awhile" and "Wishin' And Hopin'".
Springfield's British debut album A Girl Called Dusty was released in April 1964. The US debut, issued some three months later, was technically a compilation of tracks from A Girl Called Dusty, her first two UK singles, and other Springfield recordings. Her US label, the American arm of Philips Records, decided to include the singles on an album, rather than following the British practice of leaving them as singles. In addition, some B-sides and other recordings were included to form Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You. The fact that her second, third, fourth and fifth American albums, Dusty, Ooooooweeee!!!, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and The Look of Love were all put together the same way is generally believed to have contributed to Springfield leaving the American Philips label in 1968 and instead signing with Atlantic Records in the US, although she would remain with Philips/Phonogram in the UK and Europe until 1980.
Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You and her four subsequent American LPs are therefore by some fans and music critics not considered to be among the 'true' Dusty Springfield albums, but they are, just like in the case of The Beatles and their early American LPs on the Capitol Records label, indeed Springfield's first five albums on the North American market and thus part of her official discography and consequently listed as such by acknowledged music databases like Allmusic.
Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be With You combined with the following US album Dusty was first released on CD as a single-disc compilation by the minor label Taragon Records in 1997. In 1999 all five of Springfield's US albums were digitally remastered and re-issued by Mercury Records/Universal Music, then as five separate albums and each featuring bonus tracks.
The 1999 reissues of Springfield's US albums do also - unlike the European 1997 edition of A Girl Called Dusty, which partly uses alternate vocal takes and/or reconstructed remixes - feature the recordings in their 'true' form, as they were originally produced and mixed by Johnny Franz and Springfield herself and released in the 1960s.
Bonus tracks 1999 reissue
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