10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brook Benton took Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” to an elevated plane on both the pop charts and in a spiritual sense. The tinkling piano and sentiment-stroking strings support Benton’s world-weary vocal beautifully, and phrases such as “I feel like it’s raining all over the world” resonate in ways that only Benton could deliver. Other tunes such as “My Way” and “I Gotta Be Me” are given incredible soul-countrified arrangements here, and in Benton’s hands each has a certain existential quality and depth. Benton’s two self-penned tunes—the tender-eyed “Baby” and the R&B popping “Where Do I Go From Here”—swing and sway on Benton’s rich, warm, and confident voice. Bert Berns’ soul-blues classic “A Little Bit of Soap” transcends its novelty tag, and the scorching Little Milton hit “We’re Gonna Make It” is a real treat here with its stinging horns and hard-blues guitars. This Arif Mardin–produced 1970 album was a stunning comeback for man who’d already defined what an R&B masterpiece was, on many yesteryear hits such as “Endlessly” and the once-ubiquitous “The Boll Weevil Song.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brook Benton took Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” to an elevated plane on both the pop charts and in a spiritual sense. The tinkling piano and sentiment-stroking strings support Benton’s world-weary vocal beautifully, and phrases such as “I feel like it’s raining all over the world” resonate in ways that only Benton could deliver. Other tunes such as “My Way” and “I Gotta Be Me” are given incredible soul-countrified arrangements here, and in Benton’s hands each has a certain existential quality and depth. Benton’s two self-penned tunes—the tender-eyed “Baby” and the R&B popping “Where Do I Go From Here”—swing and sway on Benton’s rich, warm, and confident voice. Bert Berns’ soul-blues classic “A Little Bit of Soap” transcends its novelty tag, and the scorching Little Milton hit “We’re Gonna Make It” is a real treat here with its stinging horns and hard-blues guitars. This Arif Mardin–produced 1970 album was a stunning comeback for man who’d already defined what an R&B masterpiece was, on many yesteryear hits such as “Endlessly” and the once-ubiquitous “The Boll Weevil Song.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

AngelEspi ,

A Rainy Night In Georgia

This is almost perfect music, I don't know Brook Benton, but he makes you feel like you are in Georgia *never been there, and it's raining. I'm in love with this song.

Bobby Bee ,

Bobby Bee

A smash! And believe it or not, it's the remakes that make it so! His My Way is 2nd ONLY to Sinatra in my personal opinion! "Can't Take My Eyes.." and "Where Do I go.."also. then his own staples "A Little Bit of Soap" and "Rainy Night.." but it's the remake of "Fools Rush In" that takes the cake!! I opened my "Nite of Duo Love" with it in '90 w/ Lady Fantei!!

Geo's Picks ,

Brooke Benton, Today

I didn't think I would ever hear a version of Rainy Night in Georgia that I like as well as the original by Tony Joe White but this one comes close. Other favorites are A Little Bit of Soap and I've Gotta Be Me.

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