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Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem (1961) [2012] [HDTracks]

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Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem (1961) [2012] [HDTracks]
Artist: Ben E. King
Title Of Album: Spanish Harlem
Year Of Release: 2012 (1961)
Label (Catalog#): Rhino Atlantic
Country: USA
Genre: Soul, R&B, Latin
Quality: FLAC (*tracks, front)
Bitrate: Lossless [24Bit/192kHz]
Time: 31:11
Full Size: 1,21 GB

Ben E. King possesses one of the richest baritone voices in music history. The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer made a stellar debut with Spanish Harlem. This Latin-influenced work blends together pop and soul. It includes breathtaking renditions of “Besame Mucho,” “Perfidia,” “Frenesi” and the title track. Backed by a fantastic string section, the album is a full display of King’s repertoire.

AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder:
A close look at this album reveals just how ambitious Atlantic Records could be in the early 1960s, in generating LPs. Technically speaking, Ben E. King's debut long-player is a concept album -- or, at least, a thematic album. Put together in the wake of his first solo hit, "Spanish Harlem," a Latin flavor and beat run all the way through this 12-song platter, which, at times, is really more of a pop record than a soul record. The dense, busy string section that characterized most of King's work of this era is present, and a lot of his singing may recall more the work of Sammy Davis, Jr. than that of any R&B artist one might think of from this period. And apart from the Jerry Leiber/Phil Spector co-authored title hit, most of what is here dates from a decade or more (sometimes several) earlier -- "Frenesi," "Besame Mucho," and "Perfidia" were standards during the big-band era, and most of the rest is of similar or even older vintage. All of which doesn't mean that it is bad -- King's version of "Besame Mucho" is a very successful reinterpretation in a Latin soul vein, and "Perfidia" never sounded better than it does in his hands, even if it and a lot of the rest is a long way from what most of us define as "soul." And for better or worse, the production is first-rate within the context of King's established sound, with a phenomenal string section and a percussion section to die for.


01 Amor 03:05
02 Sway 02:17
03 Come Closer To Me 02:34
04 Perfidia 02:12
05 Granada 02:25
06 Sweet And Gentle 02:24
07 Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 02:14
08 Frenesi 03:09
09 Souvenir Of Mexico 02:20
10 Besame Mucho 02:58
11 Love Me, Love Me 02:35
12 Spanish Harlem 02:54

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