The Ultimate Collection: Stand by Me/Best of Ben E. King/Ben E. King with the Drifters

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Available on cassette only, this brief set features some of Ben E. King's leads with the Drifters and a handful of solo efforts. Three solo monsters are included: the stalking "Stand by Me," fan favorite "Don't Play That Song," and the everlasting "Spanish Harlem." His stint with the Drifters is best represented by the popular "Save the Last Dance for Me" and the lilting "This Magic Moment." King's '70s smash "Supernatural Thing Pt. 1" is disappointing in this context because "Pt. 2" is omitted. Perfect for casual fans of Ben E. King and the Drifters who only need an appetizer. More serious fans should seek the many single- and ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Available on cassette only, this brief set features some of Ben E. King's leads with the Drifters and a handful of solo efforts. Three solo monsters are included: the stalking "Stand by Me," fan favorite "Don't Play That Song," and the everlasting "Spanish Harlem." His stint with the Drifters is best represented by the popular "Save the Last Dance for Me" and the lilting "This Magic Moment." King's '70s smash "Supernatural Thing Pt. 1" is disappointing in this context because "Pt. 2" is omitted. Perfect for casual fans of Ben E. King and the Drifters who only need an appetizer. More serious fans should seek the many single- and double-disc sets for a better picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: East/West Records
  • UPC: 075678021329
  • Catalog Number: 80213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stand by Me - Ben E. King (3:01)
  2. 2 Save the Last Dance for Me - Ben E. King (2:29)
  3. 3 I (Who Have Nothing) - Ben E. King (2:29)
  4. 4 That's When It Hurts - Ben E. King (3:07)
  5. 5 I Could Have Danced All Night - Ben E. King (2:34)
  6. 6 First Taste of Love - Ben E. King (2:32)
  7. 7 Dream Lover - Ben E. King (2:41)
  8. 8 Moon River - Ben E. King (2:55)
  9. 9 Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King (3:01)
  10. 10 Amor - Ben E. King (3:07)
  11. 11 I Count the Tears - Ben E. King (2:15)
  12. 12 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Ben E. King (2:50)
  13. 13 This Magic Moment - Ben E. King (2:29)
  14. 14 Young Boy Blues - Ben E. King (2:21)
  15. 15 It's All In the Game - Ben E. King (2:52)
  16. 16 Supernatural Thing, Pt. 1 - Ben E. King (4:11)
  17. 17 On the Street Where You Live - Ben E. King (3:46)
  18. 18 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Ben E. King (3:11)
  19. 19 Show Me the Way - Ben E. King (2:14)
  20. 20 Here Comes the Night - Ben E. King (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben E. King & The Drifters Primary Artist
Ben E. King Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
The Drifters Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Drifters Contributor
Gwen Guthrie Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Gabriel Ruíz Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Betty Nelson Composer
Ricardo Lopez Mendez Composer
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
Patrick Grant And The Rising Composer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I respectfully (and completely) disagree--a fine collection

    In fairness to the reviewer, the review above seems as if it were written for another disc and put here by accident. First of all, this collection IS on CD. I have owned it in that form for years, and I saw a copy in a Barnes & Noble store a couple days ago. I have listened to this collection many, many times over the years, and I think it is a fine one. I am no expert on sound quality, but it sounds fine that way as well. Once the touching warmth of this man's singing and the songs he chose or was offered (many from the “Brill building,” I believe) sinks in, it is hard not to love and respect him as a great soul singer. There are touches of pop and jazz, as well as Mexican or Latin music here (perhaps the influence of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller?). This may not be the sort of variety that people who define rock and roll or even soul very narrowly are used to, but any open-eared, open-minded person is likely to grow fond of it all, united by the man’s rich voice and themes of love lost, found, or dreamed about. The songs and performances are catchy, and the covers work very well. For example, "Dream Lover" (originally by Bobby Darin, who wrote it) sounds natural, and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow is a great statement of (ironically male) vulnerability (the original, as most know, was by the Shirelles). While the reviewer suggests the disc is short, it clearly is not, and seems to be the longest greatest hits offered here at the moment. Again, every song is worthwhile, moving, catchy, and (that word again) warm. “I (Who Have Nothing)” is not just a poor boy regretting he can’t compete with a rich one for the girl, but indirect social commentary. “Young Boy Blues” is a performance that is heartbreaking. The selections with the Drifters are no more or less a delight than the most powerful solo songs. Of the solo ones, “Stand By Me” is the most famous, of course. The opening lines (and sound) send chills down the spine as they must have when first heard on the airwaves. It is music that is haunting in exposing the yearning, fear, and possibly salvation, of the human spirit and the human condition. It will be just a terrifying and beautiful a thousand years from now. In short, the only people who I can imagine not liking the music in this collection are those who are too jaded or too embarrassed to indulge in romantic, heart on your sleeve songs. If romantic songs make you sick, you are in the wrong place, and there may be moods when one finds the romantic aspect a little over the top, but to me, the substance and style never cross the line into sappy glop. We could use more heart, more romance, and more soul in music, and be unashamed to say so. Luckily, we have it preserved here. At first I thought “Supernatural thing sounded too out of place, with its 70’s disco-influenced feel, but the song is a good one, and the rhythmic nature of it, as well as the same romantic personality at work (if maybe slightly more carnal than usual), keeps it from clashing too much with the early sixties tracks. You wind up swept along, as usual. In any case, I think that Ben E. King's music is a treasure. Few singers have this sort of romantic warmth (Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, perhaps Fats Domino and, more recently, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, who has done “It’s All in the Game” also, come to mind). King's singing is completely unique, though. This is often overlooked (except for the most famous tracks) music that restores your faith in human nature and makes you more humane and, well, happy. How’s that for pop music? I hope everyone enjoys this recording half as much as I do.

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