40 Greatist Hits 0292


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Review Text 40 Greatest Hits is one of the most complete CD anthologies of Brook Benton's Mercury hits. The two-disc set includes every one of Benton's Top 100 pop hits, except for a Christmas single and a minor spoken-word hit. Everything else, including his two rock-oriented duets with Dinah Washington and smash hit "The Boll Weevil Song," is here. Benton's smooth Nat "King" Cole-influenced vocals are very white-sounding at times, but he was a pioneer in hiring black string players for his sessions, and his eclectic choices of material show that he was an artist with broad tastes and exceptional talent. His range is remarkable, spanning gospel, pop, country, rock & roll, and easy listening balladry, and his recordings were often crisply produced in the Nashville Sound-style by Shelby Singleton. Colin Escott wrote the liner notes for this package, which concludes with Benton's last major hit, "Rainy Night in Georgia." A cross-licensed collection could conceivably round up his remaining minor hits and be marginally more complete, but 40 Greatest Hits is the ideal summary of Benton's peak years on the chart. ~ Greg Adams

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. It's Just a Matter of Time
  2. 2. Hurtin' Inside
  3. 3. Endlessly
  4. 4. So Close
  5. 5. Thank You Pretty Baby
  6. 6. With All of My Heart
  7. 7. So Many Ways
  8. 8. This Time of the Year
  9. 9. Ties That Bind
  10. 10. Hither and Thither and Yon
  11. 11. Kiddio
  12. 12. Same One
  13. 13. Fools Rush In
  14. 14. Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
  15. 15. Think Twice
  16. 16. Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
  17. 17. Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)
  18. 18. Shadrack
  19. 19. Walk on the Wild Side
  20. 20. Hit Record
  21. 21. Lie to Me
  22. 22. Hotel Happiness
  23. 23. Still Waters Run Deep
  24. 24. I Got What I Wanted
  25. 25. Dearer Than Life
  26. 26. My True Confession
  27. 27. Two Tickets to Paradise
  28. 28. Going Going Gone

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