There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought. Benton,Chap Who sings here.....Five rounds Rapid
In my professional life, I am forever trying to find ways for people to make their own personal dreams come true. I also have immense respect for anyone who can get up and sing a few numbers without (a) necking ten pints first or (b) shattering all the windows within a five mile radius. Consequently, I was very keen to listen to this work. I get the impression that this is something John Levene has probably wanted to do for many years and I am glad he has finally been able to do so.
There are some really lovely musical arrangements here, not least his version of 'The Lady In Red'. Mind you, in my personal opinion, anything that isn't the original of that particular number has to be an improvement on it. For one thing, John Levene is so much more pleasing on the eye. Does anyone else see more than a hint of Max Bygraves in that picture? No? Oh well, that must just be me then.
I do think that the pricing of this work is a little steep for what it is. I fear it may put off potential purchasers, given that they would presumably be more familiar with Mr Levene's work on 'Doctor Who'. I assume that's why there is that rather odd reference to Sergeant Benton in the title, despite the fact that character has no real relevance to this collection of music. Were this something comic, in the style of Jon Pertwee perhaps, I could understand it.
In terms of singing style, I would say that there is quite a lot of 'Cliff Richard' to be found here. No, no, no - wait! That's not as insulting as it may have sounded, honestly. They simply sound rather similar to me, that's all. In fact, if I close my eyes, I can almost see John Levene in my mind's eye, complete with roller-skates and a tight leather outfit. I'm not saying I particularly want to by the way, just that I can.
This is a very mellow collection of songs, beautifully arranged and obviously very carefully selected by someone with a passion for singing. I wish I'd found it while I was still married, what with my ex-wife being such a passionate fan of Jon Pertwee's. I can only speculate now what listening to a member of UNIT singing romantic ballads in the background might have done to her in the bedroom. When she closed her eyes, she might not just have been remote-viewing her way around Sainsbury's. She might actually have been listening to these most romantic of lyrics. Even if she was imagining Mr Pertwee in that tight leather outfit, at least she would have been listening.Read more ›