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(Demand) 18 tracks, recorded 1955-1964 for Okeh, Vik, Epic and Mercury! more

Brook Benton: Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP)

(Demand) 18 tracks, recorded 1955-1964 for Okeh, Vik, Epic and Mercury!

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  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label DEMAND

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

  • EAN: 4000127738219

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Benton, Brook - Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP) LP 1
01 I Wanna Do Everything Brook Benton
02 Steppin' Out Tonight Brook Benton
03 The Girl I Love Brook Benton
04 What 'Cha Gone Brook Benton
05 Only Your Live Brook Benton
06 Bring Me Love Brook Benton
07 Can I Help It Brook Benton
08 Your Love Alone Brook Benton
09 Do It Right Brook Benton
10 Don't Put It Off Brook Benton
11 Love That Way Brook Benton
12 Rock & Roll That Rhythm Brook Benton
13 A New Love Brook Benton
14 You're For Me Brook Benton
15 All My Love To You Brook Benton
16 Come On Be Nice Brook Benton
17 Send For Me Brook Benton
18 Yaba Daba Do Brook Benton
19 If Only I Had Known Brook Benton
20 A Million Miles Brook Benton
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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Tracklist
Benton, Brook - Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP) LP 1
01 I Wanna Do Everything
02 Steppin' Out Tonight
03 The Girl I Love
04 What 'Cha Gone
05 Only Your Live
06 Bring Me Love
07 Can I Help It
08 Your Love Alone
09 Do It Right
10 Don't Put It Off
11 Love That Way
12 Rock & Roll That Rhythm
13 A New Love
14 You're For Me
15 All My Love To You
16 Come On Be Nice
17 Send For Me
18 Yaba Daba Do
19 If Only I Had Known
20 A Million Miles