Brook Benton: Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:07PM
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  • Brook Benton Was One of the All-Time Great Soul Balladeers

  • But His Last Great Body of Work, the Jimmy Bowen-Produced Sides He Cut for Reprise and the Arif Mardin-Produced Sides He Cut for Cotillion, Remains Largely Unavailable

  • Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s Includes Both Sides of Every Single He Cut for the Two Labels

  • 31 Tracks in All, 28 from Original Tape Sources

  • 30 of 31 Tracks Are Presented in Their Original Mono Single Mixes; “My Way” Appears in Its Rare Stereo Single Mix

  • Benton’s Staggering Stylistic Versatility Is on Full Display, Ranging from Pop Standards to Gospel to Southern-Dipped Soul Featuring the Dixie Flyers

  • Includes Such Key Tracks as “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Shoes,” “Nothing Can Take the Place of You,” and “Don’t it Make You Want to Go Home”

  • Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti

  • Added Photos

  • Belongs Right Next to Benton’s Fabled Mercury Material 

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    Brook Benton: Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)

    He’s one of the all-time great soul balladeers, with 58 pop and 38 R&B hits to his credit, and his beautiful baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in all of pop and soul music, but Brook Benton has never had any kind of collection devoted to his last great body of work, the Jimmy Bowen-produced sides he recorded for Reprise and the Arif Mardin-produced material he recorded for Cotillion during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Now, in true Real Gone fashion, we’ve put together a two-CD package that includes the A and B-side of every single side Benton recorded for the two labels, all but one (see below) in their original mono single mixes and, after an exhaustive vault search, all but three from original tape sources. These 31 sides display a staggering stylistic versatility ranging from R&B takes on pop standards like “My Way” (yes, that song can be funky, and it’s here in a rare stereo single mix!), “I Gotta Be Me,” and “The Glory of Love,” to gospel songs like “If You Think God Is Dead,” topical tunes like “Heaven Help Us All” and “A Black Child Can’t Smile,” and, of course, some Southern-dipped soul like the #1 R&B hit “Rainy Night in Georgia” and the seven single sides he recorded with the Dixie Flyers, including the hits “Shoes” and “Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home.” Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision and annotated by Gene Sculatti, Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s is a major soul find and deserves a place on the shelf right next to Brook’s classic Mercury material.

     

    1. Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)

    2. You're the Reason I'm Living

    3. Weakness in a Man

    4. The Glory of Love

    5. Lonely Street

    6. Instead (Of Loving You)

    7. Do Your Own Thing

    8. I Just Know What to Do with Myself

    9. Touch 'Em with Love

    10. She Knows What to Do for Me

    11. Nothing Can Take the Place of You

    12. Woman Without Love

    13. Rainy Night in Georgia

    14. Where Do I Go from Here

    15. My Way

    16. A Little Bit of Soap

     

    1. Don't It Make You Want to Go Home

    2. I've Gotta Be Me

    3. Shoes

    4. Let Me Fix It

    5. Heaven Help Us All

    6. Whoever Finds This (I Love You)

    7. Take a Look at Your Hands

    8. If You Think God Is Dead

    9. Please Send Me Someone to Love

    10. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye

    11. A Black Child Can't Smile

    12. Soul Santa

    13. Let Us All Get Together with the Lord

    14. Movin' Day

    15. Poor Make Believer

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