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(2016/ Real Gone ) 31 tracks 1967-1972 with 12 page booklet. He's one of the all-time great soul... more

Brook Benton: Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD)

(2016/ Real Gone ) 31 tracks 1967-1972 with 12 page booklet.
He's one of the all-time great soul balladeers, with 58 pop and 38 R&B hits to his credit, and his beautiful baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in all of pop and soul music, but Brook Benton has never had any kind of collection devoted to his last great body of work, the Jimmy Bowen-produced sides he recorded for Reprise and the Arif Mardin-produced material he recorded for Cotillion during the late '60s and early '70s. Now, in true Real Gone fashion, we've put together a two-CD package that includes the A and B-side of every single side Benton recorded for the two labels, all but one (see below) in their original mono single mixes and, after an exhaustive vault search, all but three from original tape sources. These 31 sides display a staggering stylistic versatility ranging from R&B takes on pop standards like "My Way" (yes, that song can be funky, and it's here in a rare stereo single mix!), "I Gotta Be Me," and "The Glory of Love," to gospel songs like "If You Think God Is Dead," topical tunes like "Heaven Help Us All" and "A Black Child Can't Smile," and, of course, some Southern-dipped soul like the #1 R&B hit "Rainy Night in Georgia" and the seven single sides he recorded with the Dixie Flyers, including the hits "Shoes" and "Don't It Make You Want to Go Home." Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision and annotated by Gene Sculatti, Rainy Night in Georgia-The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's is a major soul find and deserves a place on the shelf right next to Brook's classic Mercury material.

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  • Album titlle: Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD)

  • Label REAL GONE

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2016
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  • EAN: 0848064004783

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Benton, Brook - Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD) CD 1
01 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) Brook Benton
02 You're the Reason I'm Living Brook Benton
03 Weakness in a Man Brook Benton
04 The Glory of Love Brook Benton
05 Lonely Street Brook Benton
06 Instead (Of Loving You) Brook Benton
07 Do Your Own Thing Brook Benton
08 I Just Know What to Do with Myself Brook Benton
09 Touch 'Em with Love Brook Benton
10 She Knows What to Do for Me Brook Benton
11 Nothing Can Take the Place of You Brook Benton
12 Woman Without Love Brook Benton
13 Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton
14 Where Do I Go from Here Brook Benton
15 My Way Brook Benton
16 A Little Bit of Soap Brook Benton
Benton, Brook - Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD) CD 2
01 Don't It Make You Want to Go Home Brook Benton
02 I've Gotta Be Me Brook Benton
03 Shoes Brook Benton
04 Let Me Fix It Brook Benton
05 Heaven Help Us All Brook Benton
06 Whoever Finds This (I Love You) Brook Benton
07 Take a Look at Your Hands Brook Benton
08 If You Think God Is Dead Brook Benton
09 Please Send Me Someone to Love Brook Benton
10 She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye Brook Benton
11 A Black Child Can't Smile Brook Benton
12 Soul Santa Brook Benton
13 Let Us All Get Together with the Lord Brook Benton
14 Movin' Day Brook Benton
15 Poor Make Believer 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. 

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Tracklist
Benton, Brook - Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD) CD 1
01 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)
02 You're the Reason I'm Living
03 Weakness in a Man
04 The Glory of Love
05 Lonely Street
06 Instead (Of Loving You)
07 Do Your Own Thing
08 I Just Know What to Do with Myself
09 Touch 'Em with Love
10 She Knows What to Do for Me
11 Nothing Can Take the Place of You
12 Woman Without Love
13 Rainy Night in Georgia
14 Where Do I Go from Here
15 My Way
16 A Little Bit of Soap
Benton, Brook - Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD) CD 2
01 Don't It Make You Want to Go Home
02 I've Gotta Be Me
03 Shoes
04 Let Me Fix It
05 Heaven Help Us All
06 Whoever Finds This (I Love You)
07 Take a Look at Your Hands
08 If You Think God Is Dead
09 Please Send Me Someone to Love
10 She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye
11 A Black Child Can't Smile
12 Soul Santa
13 Let Us All Get Together with the Lord
14 Movin' Day
15 Poor Make Believer