Original Album Series Box set
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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?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this for my 14 year old daughter, good variety of songs. Appeals to the young and the old alike.Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Lynda Anderson
Can't believe I found five amazing Ben E. King albums for the price of one, each cd comes in its own sleeve like mini records. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by mr. a