Whatever Happened to Benny Santini
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Purchased to replace old vinyl. Debut album with some good songs. Overall well worth listening toPublished 12 months ago by ron
This is one of Chris's early albums which has a lot of tracks that relate to tees-side where he lived and also my cousin was the drummer on some of the tracks, excellent cd . Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by mr paul c naisbitt
Yes - I played this to death when I had it on tape in the early 80s. Not a duff track on it. I originally bought it because of the single, 'Fool if You Think it's Over' but,... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by Dumpy
Title is; original recording. Imagine...it took me like 25 years to finally find the original version of "fool if you think it's over "
On wikipedia you can find the... Read more