Ben E. King Spanish Harlem / Don't Play That Song!
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- Released: August 3, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ben E. King was a member of the Moonglows and Drifters before branching out on his own in the early '60s. This collection features many of his hit singles including his biggest hit - "Stand By Me" - a song which hit the top ten twice, first in 1961 and then again when prominently featured in the same titled movie in 1986.
- 3.Come Closer To Me
- 6.Sweet And Gentle
- 7.Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
- 9.Souvenir Of Mexico
- 10.Besame Mucho
- 11.Love Me, Love Me
- 12.Spanish Harlem
- 13.Don't Play That Song
- 15.On The Horizon
- 16.Show Me The Way
- 17.Here Comes The Night
- 18.First Taste Of Love
- 19.Stand By Me
- 21.Young Boy Blues
- 22.Hermit Of Misty Mountain
- 23.I Promise Love
- 24.Brace Yourself
2 LPs on 1 CD: SPANISH HARLEM (1961)/DON'T PLAY THAT SONG (1962).
Includes liner notes by Marv Goldberg.
Ben E. King may be best known by the average listener for his mega hit "Stand By Me." However, his influence on soul and R&B in the 1960's was quite significant. On these two albums--condensed onto one CD--we hear the range of King's abilities. For example, King sings fine renditions of many soul tunes on DON'T PLAY THAT SONG. His honeyed voice on the album's opening title track can induce goose bumps. He also really shines on the march-like "Here Comes the Night," and the light rock number "The Hermit of Misty Mountain."
On SPANISH HARLEM, we hear King in a Latin setting, crooning atop the Cuban percussion and sweeping strings. "Besame Mucho" may be the best known of these selections, but it is the Ruiz/Gimbel composition "Sway" that really stands out here. In general, both albums contain huge production numbers; full orchestras are employed on each record, including brass, harp, and woodwinds, as well as backing singers. This is typical of the Phil Spector "wall of sound" approach that cropped up often on the soul and R&B scene of the 1960's.
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