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Brook Benton Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)

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Brook Benton: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)

​(2013/Jasmine) 59 tracks

Article properties: Brook Benton: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2013
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988074420

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Benton, Brook - Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD) CD 1
01 Tell Me Now Or Never Brook Benton
02 Never Like This Brook Benton
03 Hold My Hand Brook Benton
04 May I Brook Benton
05 Never A Greater Need Brook Benton
06 So Many Ways Brook Benton
07 If You But Knew Brook Benton
08 One By One Brook Benton
09 Someone To Watch Over Me Brook Benton
10 Everything Brook Benton
11 So Close Brook Benton
12 In A Dream Brook Benton
13 The Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton
14 Honey Babe Brook Benton
15 A Worried Man Brook Benton
16 Careless Love Brook Benton
17 My Last Dollar Brook Benton
18 Key To The Highway Brook Benton
19 Frankie And Johnny Brook Benton
20 The Intoxicated Rat Brook Benton
21 Johnny-O Brook Benton
22 It's My Lazy Day Brook Benton
23 Child Of The Engineer Brook Benton
24 Four Thousand Years Ago Brook Benton
25 This Time Of The Year Brook Benton
26 Someday You'll Want Me To Want You Brook Benton
27 Think Twice Brook Benton
28 For My Baby Brook Benton
29 It's Just A House Without You Brook Benton
30 Revenge Brook Benton
Benton, Brook - Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD) CD 2
01 When I Grow Too Old To Dream Brook Benton
02 There Goes That Song Again Brook Benton
03 All Of Me Brook Benton
04 I Love Paris Brook Benton
05 I Didn't Know What Time It Was Brook Benton
06 Trouble In Mind Brook Benton
07 Blues In The Night Brook Benton
08 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) Brook Benton
09 Breezin' Along With The Breeze Brook Benton
10 After You've Gone Brook Benton
11 I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) Brook Benton
12 Let Me Sing And I'm Happy Brook Benton
13 Lie To Me Brook Benton
14 Chains Of Love Brook Benton
15 Got You On My Mind Brook Benton
16 Valley Of Tears Brook Benton
17 Take Good Care Of Her Brook Benton
18 My True Confession Brook Benton
19 I Got What I Wanted Brook Benton
20 Will You Love Me Tomorrow Brook Benton
21 Pledging My Love Brook Benton
22 Tomorrow Night Brook Benton
23 Send For Me Brook Benton
24 Looking Back Brook Benton
25 Shadrack Brook Benton
26 Walk On The Wild Side Brook Benton
27 Hit Record Brook Benton
28 Hotel Happiness Brook Benton
29 Still Waters Run Deep Brook Benton
Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time... more
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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. 

Various - Blowing The Fuse 1959

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Tracklist
Benton, Brook - Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD) CD 1
01 Tell Me Now Or Never
02 Never Like This
03 Hold My Hand
04 May I
05 Never A Greater Need
06 So Many Ways
07 If You But Knew
08 One By One
09 Someone To Watch Over Me
10 Everything
11 So Close
12 In A Dream
13 The Boll Weevil Song
14 Honey Babe
15 A Worried Man
16 Careless Love
17 My Last Dollar
18 Key To The Highway
19 Frankie And Johnny
20 The Intoxicated Rat
21 Johnny-O
22 It's My Lazy Day
23 Child Of The Engineer
24 Four Thousand Years Ago
25 This Time Of The Year
26 Someday You'll Want Me To Want You
27 Think Twice
28 For My Baby
29 It's Just A House Without You
30 Revenge
Benton, Brook - Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD) CD 2
01 When I Grow Too Old To Dream
02 There Goes That Song Again
03 All Of Me
04 I Love Paris
05 I Didn't Know What Time It Was
06 Trouble In Mind
07 Blues In The Night
08 I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
09 Breezin' Along With The Breeze
10 After You've Gone
11 I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
12 Let Me Sing And I'm Happy
13 Lie To Me
14 Chains Of Love
15 Got You On My Mind
16 Valley Of Tears
17 Take Good Care Of Her
18 My True Confession
19 I Got What I Wanted
20 Will You Love Me Tomorrow
21 Pledging My Love
22 Tomorrow Night
23 Send For Me
24 Looking Back
25 Shadrack
26 Walk On The Wild Side
27 Hit Record
28 Hotel Happiness
29 Still Waters Run Deep