The Very Best of Ben E. King

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ben E. King was still known as Ben Nelson when the group he was fronting, the Five Crowns, began touring as the Drifters in 1958 (the original Drifters had more or less collapsed and become unreliable after the departure of lead singer Clyde McPhatter), and he quickly proved his worth in the recording studio when a song he co-wrote and sang, "There Goes My Baby," became a big hit under the Drifters name in 1959. More hits followed, including "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me," before Nelson left the Drifters in 1960 to record on his own as Ben E. King, scoring two huge hits the following year with the gorgeously produced "Spanish Harlem" and another song...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Ben E. King was still known as Ben Nelson when the group he was fronting, the Five Crowns, began touring as the Drifters in 1958 (the original Drifters had more or less collapsed and become unreliable after the departure of lead singer Clyde McPhatter), and he quickly proved his worth in the recording studio when a song he co-wrote and sang, "There Goes My Baby," became a big hit under the Drifters name in 1959. More hits followed, including "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me," before Nelson left the Drifters in 1960 to record on his own as Ben E. King, scoring two huge hits the following year with the gorgeously produced "Spanish Harlem" and another song he co-wrote, the immortal "Stand by Me." This fine 16-track collection combines his Drifters hits with his solo successes, including his mid-'70s comeback track, "Supernatural Thing," to form a solid introduction to the full sweep of King's commercial career in all of its incarnations. The 1960s sides are presented in the original mono single mixes, a definite plus, giving them a strong, compressed punch even when played over stereo speakers. There are other Ben E. King collections on the market, but they frequently feature re-recorded versions of his hits, making this set from Rhino Records the one to get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227985356
  • Catalog Number: 72970
  • Sales rank: 10,695

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There Goes My Baby - The Drifters (2:15)
  2. 2 Dance with Me - The Drifters (2:25)
  3. 3 This Magic Moment - The Drifters (2:32)
  4. 4 Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters (2:36)
  5. 5 I Count the Tears - The Drifters (2:10)
  6. 6 Spanish Harlem (2:55)
  7. 7 Stand by Me (2:57)
  8. 8 On the Horizon (2:20)
  9. 9 Amor (2:57)
  10. 10 Young Boy Blues (2:20)
  11. 11 Here Comes the Night (2:27)
  12. 12 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) (2:56)
  13. 13 How Can I Forget (2:22)
  14. 14 I (Who Have Nothing) (2:33)
  15. 15 Supernatural Thing, Pt. 1 (3:26)
  16. 16 Do It in the Name of Love (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben E. King Primary Artist
The Drifters Track Performer
Technical Credits
Gwen Guthrie Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer, Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Phil Spector Composer
James Austin Author
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Tom Dowd Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer, Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer
Doc Pomus Composer
Tony Silvester Producer
Mike Stoller Composer, Producer
Ed Townsend Composer
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Norman Whitfield Composer
Bert de Coteaux Producer
George Treadwell Composer
Gabriel Ruíz Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Lewis Lebish Composer
Giulio Rapetti Composer
Bernard Solomon Composer
Murray Cohen Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Betty Nelson Composer
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Lover Patterson Composer
Ricardo Lopez Mendez Composer
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
Benjamin Nelson Composer
Irving Nahan Composer
Patrick Grant And The Rising Composer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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