(1998) The Very Best Of Ben E. King

Ben E. King

... read moreBen E. King was still known as Ben Nelson when the group he was fronting, the Five Crowns, began touring as the Drifters in 1958 (the original Drifters had more or less collapsed and become unreliable after the departure of lead singer Clyde McPhatter), and he quickly proved his worth in the...

43′:32″ 16 Songs

1
There Goes My Baby
Ben E. King
2:16
2
Dance With Me
Ben E. King
2:27
3
This Magic Moment
Ben E. King
2:34
4
Save The Last Dance For Me
Ben E. King
2:37
5
I Count The Tears
Ben E. King
2:12
6
Spanish Harlem
Ben E. King
2:59
7
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
3:04
8
On The Horizon
Ben E. King
2:22
9
Amor
Ben E. King
3:07
10
Young Boy Blues
Ben E. King
2:21
11
Here Comes The Night
Ben E. King
2:38
12
Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
Ben E. King
2:58
13
How Can I Forget
Ben E. King
2:24
14
I (Who Have Nothing)
Ben E. King
2:35
15
Supernatural Thing
Ben E. King
3:24
16
Do It In The Name Of Love
Ben E. King
3:34
Released 30 January 1998, 1998 Rhino Entertainment Company

Review

Ben E. King was still known as Ben Nelson when the group he was fronting, the Five Crowns, began touring as the Drifters in 1958 (the original Drifters had more or less collapsed and become unreliable after the departure of lead singer Clyde McPhatter), and he quickly proved his worth in the recording studio when a song he co-wrote and sang, "There Goes My Baby," became a big hit under the Drifters name in 1959. More hits followed, including "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me" before Nelson left the Drifters in 1960 to record on his own as Ben E. King, scoring two huge hits the following year with the gorgeously produced "Spanish Harlem" and another song he co-wrote, the immortal "Stand by Me." This fine 16-track collection combines his Drifters hits with his solo successes, including his mid-'70s comeback track, "Supernatural Thing," to form a solid introduction to the full sweep of King's commercial career in all of its incarnations. The '60s sides are presented in the original mono single mixes, a definite plus, giving them a strong, compressed punch even when played over stereo speakers. There are other Ben E. King collections on the market, but they frequently feature re-recorded versions of his hits, making this set from Rhino the one to get. ~ Steve Leggett