- Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000006OJ7
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Endlessly--The Best Of Brook Benton
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Audio CD, July 14, 1998
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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!
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is FABULOUS!!! No singer I can think of has the smooth voice of Brooke Benton. Every word of every. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Linda Riordan
I received my CD album in a very timely manner. The disc is pristine, excellent sound clarity. I'm a huge Brook Benton fan and this album exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alan Bartel
The selections and the quality are just what I was looking for... a great addition to my personal libraryPublished on August 19, 2014 by George W. Smith, Jr.
i have really taken to him over the last couple of years, and have a few of his cds now, this one has some really good stuff on it.Published on January 21, 2014 by brian
This is a Rhino collection of a silky & smooth soul-singing pioneer that I knew very little about. His voice is a mixture of Elvis, Nat and Ben E. King. Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by Stephen Cabral