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Whatever Happened to Benny Santini

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (18 July 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000007385
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? is the debut album by Chris Rea, released in 1978

1."Whatever Happened to Benny Santini?" – 4:22
2."The Closer You Get" – 3:31
3."Because of You..." – 3:57
4."Dancing with Charlie" – 3:52
5."Bows and Bangles" – 3:58
6."Fool (If You Think It's Over)" – 4:47
7."Three Angels" – 3:26
8."Just One of Those Days" – 2:40
9."Standing in Your Doorway" – 3:53
10."Fires of Spring" – 3:54
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It must be 30 years or more since I last heard this when my cassette broke. Only just got around to replacing it. It's even better than I remembered and what a debut album. Can't believe the comment about Dancing With Charlie being the worst track on the album and being a filler. Well everyone has a right to an opinion.

It still sounds as fresh as when released and if you like Chris Rea - well you will love this one. Buy it at the bargain prices on Amazon and you will be delighted that you have.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the frist chris rea album , and is the first one I heard. I liked it instantly. The opening song , the title track is just a very catchy tune, with a great saxophone part as rhris sings about Benny santini.
Fires of spring is an excellent way to end the album. Bows and bangles is another favourite, particularly the verse which is so simple, but great.Fool if you thing its all over, is again one of the best songs for the chorus, particulary.
There are a couple of songs not quite as good- dancing with charlie and three angels but the good far out weighs the bad and this album has no songs you can't listen too.
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Format: Audio CD
If you heard of Chris Rea you probably heard of Road to Hell?
There is alot more to the guy than this his early songs are superb as is this album his first release.
Chris has been through hell over the past decade nearly dying. He is left handed but plays guitar right handed and is possibly the greatest side guitarist in the world. He started out late in his musical career but it goes from strengh to strengh.Go out and buy this and all Chris Rea albums,this one is something of a rare find these days.
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Format: Audio CD
I am a great fan of Chris Rea and I have just managed to get my hands on this Album (not at the silly price it is advertised at) and shows us what a great song writer and singer he was going to be. I agree that there are a couple of songs not so good but the songs like Because of you, Just one of those days, Standing in your Doorway (fantastic) and of course Fool (if you think it is Over)which was sung also by Elkie Brooks later on outway the couple of not so good songs.
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Format: Audio CD
All careers have to start somewhere, and Chris' album career (he had a one-off single in 1974) kicks off here. Produced by Gus Dudgeon, it's an album that reeks of the Seventies. Not that is a particularly bad thing, but in many respects, it's quite atypical from a Chris Rea project. All the tracks are pretty upbeat in their own way, and the project sounds to my ears like it was entirely mixed for US radio - which, with regards to the Grammy nominated hit Fool If You Think It's Over, certainly worked. The storytelling aspect of Rea's music is also in evidence too, with the title track (which record company bod thought Benny Santini was a good name, eh?) in particular.

To my mind, it's a solid start, with a few fine tracks - Fool, the title track, and Three Angels - amongst what I consider reasonable filler. Far, far better was to follow - but this is certainly worth investigating.

60/100
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It's probably sacrilege to suggest that this is Chris Rea's best album, but in retrospect it just might be that. I first heard this way back when it was first issued, and I was bowled over by the quality of some of the songs - the title track and "Because Of You" among the stand-outs. Although he may still have been learning his craft, you could tell that even then Chris had an ear for a good hook, and the songs on Benny were consistently above average throughout, something that some of his later albums did not match. Yes, maybe the production was almost sickly at times, and the over-use of the strings did tend to steer the tunes toward cabaret music, but you can listen to the endearing naivety of this album all the way through and find yourself humming along to a number of songs. We all know now that this was not really the road that Chris wanted to tread, and has little in common with his recent work, but if you have a soft spot for good quality pop songs, look no further.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a solid debut album from Chris Rea with some great tracks (and a couple not so good).

Highlights include the title track, "Bows and Bangles" and of course "Fool(If you think its over". The later track is presented in its original version rather than the (not quite so good) re-recording from "New Light through Old Windows" found on most compilation albums.

There are a couple of fillers ("dancing with charlie" being the worst track on the album) but overall the quality is high.

Rea allegedly didn't like the production job performed by Gus Dudgeon on this album and it does have a slightly late 70s feel to it. In some ways this adds to its charm. Also some of the tracks are an interesting document of the working class north east from that time.

This is not Chris Rea's best album, however it is still very good and there are enough high quality tracks to make it worth checking out.
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