I agree about the Quincy-produced album! It was the same with Dinah Washington -- when Quincy was
producing, the music was generally of a longer-lived taste spectrum. Back in the early 60's, though,
that Clyde Otis string-heavy sound was all over the radio and he produced the biggest in-the-day
hits for Dinah, Brook and Clyde McPhatter. Quincy's productions ended up to be more timeless, they
continue to resonate with people today. There was a 2-LP Dinah Washington memorial album put out
after her death that really highlights the differences between the two producers. In the case of
McPhatter, he went on to do his best work with Shelby Singleton, in both NY and Nashville.
-- Tom Fine
PS -- for other listmembers, since we're talking about Mercury albums here, in case you don't know
about Kohji's superb Mercury-centric website:
----- Original Message -----
From: "MATSUBAYASHI 'Shaolin' Kohji" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:56 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Possibly the greatest video on YouTube
> Yes, many are "too corny" and "too moody" slow tunes filled with strings.
> Some of the exceptions during his Mercury era would be "There Goes That
> Song Again" LP (backed by jazzy big ensemble arranged by Quincy Jones) and
> "If You Believe" LP (a collection of spiritual songs in slow tempo,
> arranged by Malcolm Dodds), both recorded in 1961 - some of the good sides
> (other than the duets with Dinah Washington) during his Mercury years -
> long before his highly acclaimed Atlantic years.
> On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:55 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> I agree about Atlantic-era Brook Benton. Mercury-era is a bit sappy for my
>> tastes, but I am going to give those albums a new listen and re-evaluate.
>> At Mercury, Brook Benton mostly worked with Clyde Otis, so that meant
>> strings and more strings. Many of those Clyde Otis sessions were done at
>> Fine Recording because of the ability to fit a full band, strings and a
>> singer together in the Ballroom studio. But, that said, Benton had hits at
>> Mercury and more hits at Atlantic and hits before Mercury. He was a guy who
>> was willing to be flexible about his material and his delivery, and worked
>> successfully in several different eras of soul music. I keep hoping
>> Universal and Warner Music (Hip-O and Rhino) will make a deal and do a 2-3
>> CD Brook Benton career-spanning box set.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "MATSUBAYASHI 'Shaolin' Kohji" <
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>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:37 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Possibly the greatest video on YouTube
>> Thanks Tom-san for sharing this
>>> - just so glad to see the recording session of Brook Benton (one of my
>>> favorites) !
>>> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 5:56 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>**
>>>> Muscle Shoals -- that's Brook Benton recording for Atlantic, produced by
>>>> Arif Marden
>>>> Stax -- not sure of the tune for which Isaac Hayes and the Mar-Keys are
>>>> working out horn arrangements in the conference room; Booker T and the
>>>> appear to be recording one of their all-time great songs, "Time Is
>>>> in the main studio.
>>>> My profound thanks to the Ampex List member who posted this link today.
>>>> years of surfing YouTube for music-recording videos, I never found this
>>>> one. What a great time and place, RIP all those in this video who have
>>>> passed on.
>>>> -- Tom Fine