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Brook Benton: Brook Benton Today (LP)

(WEA) 10 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1970 'Atlantic' LP album

Just say the name Brook Benton and a thousand songs rush into your head. Like Endlessly, It's Just A Matter Of Time, So Many Ways, Kiddio, Thank You Pretty Baby, With All Of My Heart, Hurtin' Inside. And then there was The Boll Weevil Song —and what excitement Brook created when he talked and sang that hit. And of course there were those wonderful duets with the late Dinah Washington, Baby, You Got What It Takes and A Rockin' Good Way. songs that rate as masterpieces in the history of R & B.

The incredible string of Brook Benton hits started in 1959. By 1961 he had a collection of something like 12 hits in a row, plus a flock of best-selling albums in an era when few R&B styled LP's hit the heights of the charts. That was when Brook nailed down his claim as one of the top vocalists in the business. a claim he has never relinquished to this day.

Brook Benton was making demo records for music publishers long before he ever made it big with It's Just A Matter Of Time. Anything that Brook sang sounded great so publishers beat a path to his door to hire him to make demo records of their songs. He was probably responsible for more new songs being recorded than any other demo singer in history: he estimates that he made over 500 such discs in the early stages of his career.

It was as a demo singer that Brook met the late Dave Dreyer, the music publisher and songwriter (among his credits were Me And My Shadow and Back In Your Own Backyard) whose astute guidance was to mean so much to Brook's success as a singer and songwriter. In fact Brook's first semi-hit, The Wall. was a Dreyer tune. Brook almost made it after The Wall, with a ditty called A Million Miles From Nowhere on RCA Victor's Groove label. But the big break came when Brook made his first record for Mercury, under the aegis of Clyde Otis, then a newly named recording director for the company and Brook's old songwriting partner. Together they wrote It's Just A Matter Of Time with arranger Belford Hendricks, and Brook's recording of the tune did it. To the tune of a million copies.

That was Brook Benton yesterday. This is Brook Benton Today. The voice is as rich and warm as ever, the phrasing is still distinctive, the emotional impact comes across as always. but now everything is sharpened by a new maturity. Today's Brook Benton is right and ready for the tender My Way, the driving Can't Take My Eyes Off You, the classic A Little Bit Of Soap, and the fiery / Gotta Be Me. This is Brook Benton for the 1970's. Bob Rolontz

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  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: Brook Benton Today (LP)

  • Label WEA

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127808059

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Benton, Brook - Brook Benton Today (LP) LP 1
01 Rainy Night In Georgia
02 My Way
03 Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs
04 Can't Take My Eyes Off You
05 We're Gonna Make It
06 A Little Bit Of Soap
07 Baby
08 Where Do I Go From Here
09 Desertion
10 I've Gotta Be Me
Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time... more
"Brook Benton"

Brook Benton

It's Just A Matter Of Time

Brook Benton

It's Just A Matter Of Time

 

As Mercury Records’ new head of east coast A&R, Clyde Otis lost no time signing his demo singer and occasional co-writer, Brook Benton. During the first session Benton and Otis recorded a song they’d worked up, It's Just A Matter Of Time. They’d written the song for Nat ‘King’ Cole, but Otis explained to Cole that he’d just landed the Mercury gig, and really wanted the song for Benton. The lyrics reflected Benton's frustration at his inability to score a hit as a singer. When confronted with his co-writer's frustration Otis would say, "It's just a matter of time, Brook." Otis ensured that it would appeal to the broadest cross-section of the market by employing a full string section.

 

However, there was a political dimension to the strings that went beyond merely broadening the base of appeal. "Historically," asserted Otis, "black artists wanted to record with strings because it had been something that had been denied them. The strings symbolized legitimacy. There weren't even any black string players working in the studios. When we organized Brook's first date I asked my contractor if there were any black string players. He said, 'Yes. They're working in Broadway shows and other pick-up jobs.' I said, 'Why don't they play record dates?' He said, 'Nobody calls them.' I said, 'If they're good, I want to see them on my sessions.'" Benton's intimate and crisply miked vocals looked back toward the relaxed ballad style of Arthur Prysock and Billy Eckstine and forward to the passion of soul music.

One of the selling points was Benton’s low notes. He was singing deeper and with more feeling than on any of his previous recordings for other labels. The low notes were a legacy from an early R&B giant, Percy Mayfield. Benton had first used them on his demo of The Stroll. After his vocal arrangement had been successfully co-opted by the Diamonds, Benton resolved to use the low notes on his own recordings and perfected his technique. Otis also ensured that Brook rehearsed his vocal part for days before a session so that many of the nuances could be honed to perfection. “The people at Mercury said it was too quiet,” said Otis. “Said it didn’t rock and roll enough. So I took it to a dee-jay, Doctor Jive, asked him to play it. He called back and said the switchboard had lit up. The people at Mercury checked it out and found it was true.”  In January 1959, It's Just A Matter Of Time entered the charts, topping the R&B listings and peaking at #3 on the pop charts.

Both Benton and Otis had been vindicated in the strongest possible terms. 

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Benton, Brook - Brook Benton Today (LP) LP 1
01 Rainy Night In Georgia
02 My Way
03 Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs
04 Can't Take My Eyes Off You
05 We're Gonna Make It
06 A Little Bit Of Soap
07 Baby
08 Where Do I Go From Here
09 Desertion
10 I've Gotta Be Me