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Endlessly--The Best Of Brook Benton

Brook BentonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000006OJ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Just A Matter Of Time
2. Hurtin' Inside
3. Endlessly
4. So Many Ways
5. Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
6. A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)
7. Kiddio
8. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
9. Think Twice
10. The Boll Weevil Song
11. It's Just A House Without You
12. Frankie And Johnny
13. Revenge
14. Shadrack
15. Hit Record
16. Lie To Me
17. Hotel Happiness
18. Still Waters Run Deep
19. Rainy Night In Georgia
20. Don't It Make You Want To Go Home

Editorial Reviews

This CD collection celebrating the smooth voice that deserves to be heard "endlessly.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic R & B November 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great compilation. Brook Benton was a master of the smooth, deep soulful sound of the '50' and early (and then, the later '60's). This compilation has all of his popular songs. More importantly, it has a couple of great collaborations with Dinah Washington, including "Baby, You Got What It Takes", and "A Rockin' Good Way".
His seminal cuts to my mind are "It's Only a Matter of Time" and "Rainy Night In Georgia". Sad songs they most certainly are, but so smooth and passion filled, they almost make the sad times worth having.
Once again, Rhino Records has come through!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the smoothest voices in pop music. May 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Brook Benton has voice that can't be topped. This set shows off that voice. The classic "It's Just A Matter Of Time" starts things off. The B side, "Hurtin Inside" is actually just as good. "Endlessly" "Kiddio" "Think Twice" a couple of duets with Dinah Washington and the unforgettable "Rainy Night In Georgia" are just some of the highlights. Plus, Rhino did a wonderful job of remastering these songs. They couldn't sound better. For a slice of 50's, 60's and early 70's romance, pick this up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master ahead of his time April 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the definitive Brook Benton collection - accept no substitute. Brook Benton was one of the pioneers of what later became known as soul, and had one of the most gorgeous voices ever to grace popular music. Vocally, he's closest in style to Jerry Butler, but even better.
Brook came charging out of the gate in 1959 with the ballad "It's Just a Matter of Time", a #1 hit, with a very 50s sound. On "Hurtin' Inside", he rocks, but is that Brook or Elvis singing? Then he goes retro - "Endlessly" sounds like early 50s Nat King Cole. "So Many Ways" brings it back to a late 50s ballad style. Then things get really interesting with his 1960 rock 'n soul duets with Dinah Washington, "Baby, You Got What It Takes", and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)". No soul duet ever sounded as fun and exciting as these two - what chemistry! They playfully fight with each other over who will sing next, and laugh at each other's jokes, and you can almost picture them cuddling up in the recording studio. These are fun, fun songs. Marvin and Tammy, eat your hearts out. "Kiddio", Brook's solo follow-up is also a strong soul-rocker.
Then, from Tracks 8-15, the material turns weaker. Brook's voice is consistently entertaining to listen to, but the songs do not do it justice. "The Boll Weevil Song" was a big hit for him, but as story songs go, it's a weak story. "Frankie and Johnny" and "Shadrack", the biblical story of the Babylonian exile, are solid, but not exceptional.
Brook then turns strong again, with "Lie to Me" and "Hotel Happiness" which are blues-based soul, perfectly executed. "Still Waters Run Deep" is a beautiful ballad and a love song about the power of silence. That takes us through 1963. What happened to Brook then? What did he do for the next six years?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I play "Endlessly" endlessly! April 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My coworkers are probably about ready to kill me, as I play this CD almost every day. (Quietly, to be polite, but still...) I just can't get enough of it. Brook Benton's voice is so beautifully deep and textured. It's soothing, it's uplifting, it's funny in spots. The Dinah Washington duets are a lot of fun to listen to. Every one of these songs is a gem. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated sixties pop/R+B singer November 22, 2002
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Brook had many wonderful hits from 1959 to 1970, collected here on this 20-track compilation. The biggest hits (all top ten pop hits) were It's just a matter of time, So many ways, Kiddio, The boll weevil song, Hotel happiness, Rainy night in Georgia and the two duets with Dinah Washington - Baby you've got what it takes and A rocking good way. Seven of the others made the top twenty.
Most of the songs fall into the general category of easy-listening pop/R+B, but Brook demonstrated that he could do much more, as with his covers of the folk songs Frankie and Johnny and The boll weevil song. His gospel roots are evident in the biblical song Shadrack.
Brook may not have achieved the mega-stardom that he deserved, but he certainly made his mark and helped to break down the barriers for later generations of R+B singers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven-Sent! May 29, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, here it is: All his big hits are on here: "It's Just a Matter of Time", "The Boll Weevil Song", "Fools Rush In" -- and my favorite -- "Rainy Night in Georgia". These are all the original hit recordings. A MUST for any collector of R&B/Soul. He also teams up with Dinah Washington -- they make an awesome duo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD June 26, 2007
By G!
Format:Audio CD
This CD has the best music of Brook Benton. I would never hesistate to order this again. It was worth every penny!
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