Average White Band & Ben E. King

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Average White Band & Ben E. King - Benny And Us Benny And Us
Soul Used - LP SD 19105 Atlantic
1977 Original With "Get It Up For Love" Hype Sticker And Gold Promo Stamp On The Cover. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “Benny And Us Resulted From A Chance Meeting In Miami Between Ben E. King And The Average White Band, Who Were Vacationing There Just When King Was Starting Work On A New Album. The Finished LP Yielded Two Hit Singles And Became King's Best-Selling LP, Rising To Number 33. The Sound Is Soulful And Funky, Very Bright And Passionate -- The Upbeat, Relentlessly Catchy "Get It Up For Love" And The Soaring, Horn And String Driven "A Star In The Ghetto" Made Respectable Showings On The R&B Charts, And A Good Portion Of The Rest ("The Message," "What Is Soul") Is Pretty Powerful Stuff As Well. "Imagine" Is So Busy And So Self-Consciously Earnest That It's Difficult To Enjoy, But King Is So Good In The Moments When He Is On Target, That It's Hard To Skip This Track, Even If It Is The Weakest Number Here. The Radiant "Keepin' It To Myself" And The Poignant Cover Of Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," By Contrast, Are Among King's Very Best Records. Benny And Us Was A Good Enough Record That It Nearly Led To A Joint Tour (As Opposed To Some Joint Appearances, Which Actually Happened) Between King And The Average White Band -- One Can Only Marvel At What Those Shows Must Have Sounded Like, And Lament That Fact That No Live Album Was Cut. It Also Marked King's Last Major Appearance On The Charts For Atlantic.” Bruce Eder, All Music.... more details
 

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