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Original Album Series Box set

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B003U7RP7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Amor
  2. Sway
  3. Come Closer To Me
  4. Perfidia
  5. Granada
  6. Sweet And Gentle
  7. "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas [Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps]"
  8. Frenesi
  9. Souvenir Of Mexico
  10. Besame Mucho
  11. "Love Me, Love Me"
  12. Spanish Harlem

Disc: 2

  1. My Heart Cries For You
  2. He Will Break Your Heart
  3. Dream Lover
  4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  5. My Foolish Heart
  6. Fever
  7. Moon River
  8. What A Difference A Day Makes
  9. Because Of You
  10. At Last
  11. On The Street Where You Live
  12. It's All In The Game

Disc: 3

  1. Don't Play That Song [You Lied] (LP Version)
  2. Ecstasy
  3. On The Horizon
  4. Show Me The Way
  5. Here Comes The Night
  6. First Taste Of Love
  7. Stand By Me
  8. Yes
  9. Young Boy Blues
  10. The Hermit Of Misty Mountain
  11. I Promise Love
  12. Brace Yourself

Disc: 4

  1. Seven Letters
  2. River Of Tears
  3. I'm Standing By
  4. Jamaica
  5. Down Home
  6. Si Senor
  7. It's All Over
  8. Let The Water Run Down
  9. This Is My Dream
  10. It's No Good For Me
  11. In The Middle Of The Night
  12. Don't Drive Me Away

Disc: 5

  1. The Record (Baby I Love You)
  2. She's Gone Again
  3. There's No Place To Hide
  4. Cry No More
  5. "Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams"
  6. Katherine
  7. I Can't Break The News To Myself
  8. I Swear By Stars Above
  9. Get In A Hurry
  10. They Don't Give Medals To Yesterday's Heroes
  11. Teeny Wheeny Little Bit
  12. What Is Soul?

Product Description

A collection of five of the best albums from the career of American soul singer, Ben E. King. This box set includes the complete albums:

  • Spanish Harlem
  • Sings For Soulful Lovers
  • Don't Play The Song
  • Seven Letters
  • What Is Soul?

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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2010
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The Five cd's are in replica card sleeves, which are all housed in a card slipcase. There is no booklet and information is sparse. The sound quality is good (but not as good as you might expect from either Rhino or Atlantic) these tracks don't sound as if they have been re-mastered. As for the music it ranges from the ok to the sublime.

CD 1:- 'Spanish Harlem' - This is an 'Ok' album, a mix of covers, filler and classics. The standout tracks are 'Spanish Harlem' and 'Love me, love me'. 6/10.

CD 2:- 'Sings for Soulful Lovers' - An 'Awful' album of ill advised covers with only 'He will break your heart' being better than average. You're best off turning this particular disc into something more useful ie, a coaster. 2/10.

CD 3:- 'Don't Play That Song' - An 'Excellent' album, full of fanstatic songs, such as 'First taste of love', 'Ecstacy', 'On the horizon', 'Stand by me' and many others. Great stuff. 10/10.

CD 4:- 'Seven Letters' - Another 'Excellent' album with many great tracks, like 'Its no good for me', 'In the middle of the night', 'Don't drive me away' and 'Down home'. 9/10.

CD 5:- 'What is Soul?' - An excellent album with many highlights such as 'The record', 'Cry no more', 'Katherine' and my favourite song across all the albums 'She's gone again' (its so beautiful, such heartbreaking lyrics). 9/10.

Overall a very good set of cd's, at a reasonable price. I'd recommend to anyone (except disc 2 - a tragic waste of Mr Kings talent). 4.5 stars would be more accurate.
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This is a most welcome selection of albums from this artist. However recording quality of the tracks is somewhat variable. Strangely although the Spanish Harlem CD album cover has the word 'stereo' on it, the whole album is presented in mono. Other albums are either all in mono or stereo with one being a mixture of the two. One presumes original masters have been lost in some instances but a note of explanation would have been nice.
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In the 60's Ben E King seemed to be every singer's favourite singer. He was certainly mine, along with Aretha and Otis. This pack is unbelievable value and one I just have to buy, even though I have the original vinyl versions. I would sum them up as follows:-

SPANISH HARLEM - mainly covers of well known latin songs done in a latin/soul style. Very original at the time (I was only 13!!!) and perfect late night lights-out music. The title track was a minor hit and one of the few original tracks on the album. Stand out track without doubt is the sensuous 'Amor Amor'

DON'T PLAY THAT SONG - this album is a little more patchy than the first but has some real stand-out tracks on it, such as Stand By Me, Ecstasy, Yes, First Taste of Love and the title track

SONGS FOR SOULFUL LOVERS - unlike a previous reviewer, I absolutely love this album which is made up of covers of well known classics such as At last, Dream Lover, Fever etc. He manages to add something of his own to these songs without wrecking them.

SEVEN LETTERS - again some great stuff on this album of original songs. There are couple of weak tracks, including the title track, but these are more than made up for by the utterly brilliant It's All Over, Let The Water Run Down and It's No Good For Me.

WHAT IS SOUL - this album of original songs is a little heavier than the others underpinned with some brilliant drum sounds.There are a couple of really weak offerings namely the slushy Goodnight My Love and a poor Bacharach-David composition The Don't Give Medals. However, The Record, Cry No More, I Swear By Stars Above and She's Gone Again are right on the money.
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Good box set,nice price too. Love the song selections. Ben E King,always such a treat to hear him sing.
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