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Spanish Harlem


Download links and information about Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King. This album was released in 1961 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues, Rock, Pop genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 31:13 minutes.

Artist: Ben E. King
Release date: 1961
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues, Rock, Pop
Tracks: 12
Duration: 31:13
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No. Title Length
1. Amor 3:07
2. Sway 2:19
3. Come Closer to Me 2:35
4. Perfidia 2:05
5. Granada 2:28
6. Sweet and Gentle 2:25
7. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps 2:12
8. Frenesi 3:09
9. Souvenir of Mexico 2:25
10. Besame Mucho 2:57
11. Love Me, Love Me 2:37
12. Spanish Harlem 2:54



A close look at this album reveals just how ambitious Atlantic Records could be in the early 1960s, in generating LPs. Technically speaking, Ben E. King's debut long-player is a concept album — or, at least, a thematic album. Put together in the wake of his first solo hit, "Spanish Harlem," a Latin flavor and beat run all the way through this 12-song platter, which, at times, is really more of a pop record than a soul record. The dense, busy string section that characterized most of King's work of this era is present, and a lot of his singing may recall more the work of Sammy Davis, Jr. than that of any R&B artist one might think of from this period. And apart from the Jerry Leiber/Phil Spector co-authored title hit, most of what is here dates from a decade or more (sometimes several) earlier — "Frenesi," "Besame Mucho," and "Perfidia" were standards during the big-band era, and most of the rest is of similar or even older vintage. All of which doesn't mean that it is bad — King's version of "Besame Mucho" is a very successful reinterpretation in a Latin soul vein, and "Perfidia" never sounded better than it does in his hands, even if it and a lot of the rest is a long way from what most of us define as "soul." And for better or worse, the production is first-rate within the context of King's established sound, with a phenomenal string section and a percussion section to die for.