The Very Best of Ben E. King

The Very Best of Ben E. King

by Ben E. King

CD(Reissue)

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Overview

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 '60s 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 the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227985356
catalogNumber: 72970
Rank: 1969

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben E. King   Primary Artist
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
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
Audio 2   Composer
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Lover Patterson   Composer
Ricardo Lopez Mendez   Composer
Benjamin Nelson   Composer
Irving Nahan   Composer
Patrick Grant   Composer

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