Thank You Pretty Baby, 6. Also omitted is his first charter, 1958's A Million Miles From Nowhere which reached 82 Hot 100 for the Vic label. It's Just a Matter of Time, 2. Walk on the Wild Side, 5. Charting hits in the top ten with Elvis, Chuck Berry, Connie Francis and the Beach Boys, Brook had his own style. Two Tickets to Paradise, 13.
This compilation in any event is the best you will do at this time, and there are so many commercial hits. With All of My Heart, 7. Benton wrote or co-wrote a lot of these songs as well. . The Boll Weevil Song, 18.
A House Is Not a Home, 17. Brook Benton was one of a kind during the rock 'n roll era. Never mind if you already have some of the songs, you will enjoy hearing them again and again! He was a terrific counter on Top 40 radio to the uptempo teen rock songs of the era. What more is there to say. Nearly all other collections pale in comparison.
This Time of the Year, 9. It Just a House Without You, 20. Brook Benton had a one-of-a-kind voice that has never been duplicated. Hither and Thither and Yon, 11. Too Late to Turn Back Now, 15. Still Waters Run Deep, 9. He always gave of his best.
I truly enjoy hearing 'stories' being told through the lyrics in his songs and the fullness of his voice enhances each and every tale. Baby You've Got What It Takes , 2. Taking that baritone into the low register on occasion became a trademark of many of his romantic songs that crisscrossed rhythm and blues, soul, country, pop, gospel and other styles, including an occasional movie title song Walk On The Wild Side. Rockin' Good Way To Mess Around and Fall in Love , 3. The Ties That Bind, 10. Was it worth the wait? I Got What I Wanted, 10.
Someday You'll Want Me to Want You, 15. And since the tracks are not shown above, I have included them here for your information: Disc 1: 1 It's Just a Matter of Time; 2 Hurtin' Inside; 3 Endlessly; 4 So Close; 5 Thank You Pretty Baby; 6 With All of My Heart; 7 So Many Ways; 8 This Time Of The Year; 9 The Ties That Bind; 10 Hither and Thither and Yon; 11 Kiddio; 12 The Same One; 13 Fools Rush In; 14 Someday You'll Want Me to Want You; 15 Think Twice; 16 For My Baby; 17 The Boll Weevil Song; 18 Frankie And Johnny; 19 It's Just A House Without You; 20 Revenge Disc 2: 1 Baby You've Got What It Takes - with Dinah Washington; 2 A Rockin' Good Way To Mess Around And Fall In Love - with Dinah Washington; 3 Shadrack; 4 Walk On The Wild Side; 5 Hit Record; 6 Lie To Me; 7 Hotel Happiness 8 Still Waters Run Deep; 9 I Got What I Wanted 10 Dearer Than Life; 11 My True Confession; 12 Two Tickets To Paradise; 13 Going Going Gone; It's Too Late To Turn Back Now; 15 Another Cup Of Coffee; 16 A House Is Not A Home; 17 Lumberjack; 18 Do It Right; 19 Love Me Now; 20 Rainy Night In Georgia All 40 were hit singles - 39 of them while with Mercury where he was backed for the most part by the great Belford Hendricks and his orchestra - and, indeed, represent his very best. Heaven, if you haven't got it pay the earth it will be worth it for every buck or pound spent. Another Cup of Coffee, 16. I grew up listening to many of these songs in the late 50's and early 60's and am glad to get a chance to hear them again. All this is detailed in the 8 pages of liner notes written by Colin Escott and which also contain a complete discography of the contents. .
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