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(2004/DBK Works-Atlantic) 20 tracks. 1970 Soul/Pop monsters, produced by Arif Mardin. Sealed,... more

Brook Benton: Today & Home Style (CD)

(2004/DBK Works-Atlantic) 20 tracks. 1970 Soul/Pop monsters, produced by Arif Mardin. Sealed, new stock copy. (Bear Family Records)

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  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: Today & Home Style (CD)

  • Label DBK WORKS

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0646315050622

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Benton, Brook - Today & Home Style (CD) CD 1
01 Rainy Night In Georgia Brook Benton
02 My Way Brook Benton
03 Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs Brook Benton
04 Can't Take My Eyes Off You Brook Benton
05 We're Gonna Make It Brook Benton
06 A Little Of Soap Brook Benton
07 Baby Brook Benton
08 Where Do I Go From Here? Brook Benton
09 Desertion Brook Benton
10 I've Gotta Me Me Brook Benton
11 Whoever Finds This I Love You Brook Benton
12 Fo Lee Ann Brook Benton
13 Willie And Laura Mae Jones Brook Benton
14 It's All In The Game Brook Benton
15 Don't It Make You Wanta Go Home Brook Benton
16 Aspen Colorado Brook Benton
17 Don't Think Twice It's All Right Brook Benton
18 Born Under A Bad Sign Brook Benton
19 Are You Sincere Brook Benton
20 Let Me Fix It Brook Benton
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"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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