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MG-20588: The Two Of Us / Dinah Washington & Brook Benton

[Front Cover] Label Type : black Mercury type C
Matrix Number : SIDE-A MG 20588A MS1    FF
SIDE-B MG 20588B MS1    FF



Comments

1st jacket cover: maybe less-known than famous second design.

Equivalent release: Mercury SR-60244 (stereo).

with original Mercury inner sleeve.

Inside The Groove

A great duet album by Mercury label's top-sellers at that time.

Personal Impression (and brief notes)

Dinah Washington is, without any doubts, THE QUEEN. She could sing any styles of music (popular, blues, jazz, etc.) in her own awesome way. On the other hand, Brook Benton, another Mercury hitter, was very popular with great his-own-written singles like “It's Just A Matter Of Time”, “So Close”, “Kiddio” and many others. His mellow but deep voicing was also his trademark.

On this album, Dinah sings four, Benton sings another four, and the rest of four songs are performed duet by Dinah and Brook. Actually, Dinah sings better than Brook does IMHO, as heard on awesome ballad singing of “There Goes My Heart” or “Love Walked In”. But Brook's singings are also very impressive and great of course.

A truly memorable great duet album.

Strictly Personal Rating (to what extent I could enjoy this album)

9 out of 10




Track Listing

SIDE-A
A-1 19772 (PB3147) There Goes My Heart (Benny Davis & Abner Silver) 3:25 Dinah Washington
A-2 19903 (PB3195) Call Me (Clyde Otis & Belford Hendricks) 2:35 Brook Benton
A-3 18863 (PB1956) Baby (You've Got What It Takes) (Murray Stein & Clyde Otis) 2:40 Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
A-4 19774 (PB3149) Love Walked In (Ira Gershwin & George Gershwin) 2:10 Dinah Washington
A-5 19848 (PB3185) Not One Step Behind (Brook Benton & Chris Towns) 2:20 Brook Benton
A-6 19856 (PB3193) A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)
(Clyde Otis - Brook Benton - Luchi DeJesus)
2:20 Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
SIDE-B
B-1 19208 (PB2266) Someone To Believe In (Clyde Otis - Brook Benton - Bobby Stevenson) 2:30 Brook Benton
B-2 19227 (PB2594) This I Promise You (Clyde Otis & Vincent Corso) 2:33 Dinah Washington
B-3 18864 (PB1957) I Do (Ben Raleigh & Ben Wolf) 2:15 Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
B-4 19551 (PB2893) Because Of Everything (Clyde Otis & Belford Hendricks) 2:24 Brook Benton
B-5 19854 (PB3191) Again (Dorcas Cochran & Lionel Newman) 3:21 Dinah Washington
B-6 19857 (PB3194) I Believe (Ervin Drake - Jimmy Shirl - Irvin Graham - Al Stillman) 3:15 Brook Benton & Dinah Washington

Personnel


Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
(“The Mercury Labels - A Discography” by Ruppli and Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993)

Recent CD reissue (Verve 314 526 467-2) has 7 bonus tracks from similar sessions.

A-1, A-4: Dinah Washington (vo) with Nat Goodman Orchestra, including Joe Zawinul (p).
Recorded in New York City, February 16, 1960.

A-2: Brook Benton (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra.
Recorded in New York City, May 1960.

B-1: Brook Benton (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra.
Recorded in New York City, September 18 or 19, 1959.

B-2: Dinah Washington (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra, including Joe Zawinul (p).
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City, in September 28, 1959.

A-3, B-3: Dinah Washington (vo), Brook Benton (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra, including Joe Zawinul (p).
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City, in 1959.

A-5, B-4: Brook Benton (vo) with Fred Norman Orchestra.
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City, in 1959.

B-5: Dinah Washington (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra, including Joe Zawinul (p).
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City, in April 1960.

A-6, B-6: Dinah Washington (vo), Brook Benton (vo) with Belford Hendricks Orchestra, including Joe Zawinul (p).
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City, in 1960.

Recording directed and produced by Clyde Otis..

The Artist Also Appears on...

Dinah Washington (vo) :
  • EmArcy MG-26032 10-inch : After Hours With Miss “D”
  • EmArcy MG-36000 : Dinah Jams Featuring Dinah Washington
  • EmArcy MG-36011 : For Those In Love
  • EmArcy MG-36028 : After Hours With Miss “D”
  • EmArcy MG-36065 : Dinah!
  • EmArcy MG-36073 : In The Land Of Hi-Fi
  • EmArcy MG-36104 : The Swingin' Miss D
  • EmArcy MG-36119 / SR-80011 : Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller
  • EmArcy MG-36130 : Dinah Sings Bessie Smith
  • Mercury MG-25060 10-inch : Dinah Washington
  • Mercury MG-25138 10-inch : Dynamic Dinah! - The Great Voice Of Dinah Washington
  • Mercury MG-25140 10-inch : Blazing Ballads
  • Mercury MG-20119 : Music For A First Love
  • Mercury MG-20120 : Music For Late Hours
  • Mercury MG-20247 : The Best In Blues
  • Mercury MG-20439 / SR-60111 : The Queen!
  • Mercury MG-20479 / SR-60158 : What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
  • Mercury MG-20525 / SR-60202 : Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller (reissue of MG-36119 / SR-80011)
  • Mercury MG-20572 / SR-60232 : Unforgettable
  • Mercury MG-20588 / SR-60244 : The Two Of Us / Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
  • Mercury MG-20604 / SR-60604 : I Concentrate On You
  • Mercury MG-20614 / SR-60614 : For Lonely Lovers
  • Mercury MG-20638 / SR-60638 : September In The Rain
  • Mercury MG-20661 / SR-60661 : Tears And Laughter
  • Mercury MG-20729 / SR-60729 : I Wanna Be Loved
  • Mercury MG-20788 / SR-60788 : Golden Hits Volume 1
  • Mercury MG-20789 / SR-60789 : Golden Hits Volume 2
  • Mercury MG-20829 / SR-60829 : The Good Old Days
  • Mercury MG-20928 / SR-60928 : Queen And Quincy / Dinah Washington & Quincy Jones
  • Mercury MG-21119 / SR-61119 : Dinah Discovered
  • EmArcy MG-36002 : Jam Session / Various Artists
  • EmArcy MG-36087 : Bargain Day! / Various Artists
  • EmArcy MG-36088: The Greatest Stars Of Jazz Under One Roof / Various Artists
  • EmArcy MG-36141 / SR-80009 : Newport '58 / Various Artists
  • Mercury MG-20133 : Swinging For The King / Various Artists
  • Mercury MG-20523 / SR-60200 : Newport '58 / Various Artists (reissue of EmArcy MG-36141 / SR-80009)
  • Mercury MGD-9 / SRD-9 : Galaxy - Music From 16 Great Artists / Various Artists
Brook Benton (vo) :
  • Mercury MG-20421 / SR-60077 : It's Just A Matter Of Time
  • Mercury MG-20464 / SR-60146 : Endlessly
  • Mercury MG-20565 / SR-60225 : I Love You In So Many Ways
  • Mercury MG-20588 / SR-60244 : The Two Of Us / Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
  • Mercury MG-20602 / SR-60602 : Songs I Love To Sing
  • Mercury MG-20607 / SR-60607 : Brook Benton Golden Hits
  • Mercury MG-20619 / SR-60619 : If You Believe
  • Mercury MG-20641 / SR-60641 : Boll Weevil Song And 11 Other Great Hits
  • Mercury MG-20673 / SR-60673 : There Goes That Song Again
  • Mercury MG-20740 / SR-60740 : Lie To Me / Singing The Blues
  • Mercury MG-20774 / SR-60774 : Golden Hits Volume 2
  • Mercury MG-20830 / SR-60830 : Best Ballads Of Broadway
  • Mercury MG-20886 / SR-60886 : Born To Sing The Blues
  • Mercury MG-20918 / SR-60918 : On The Countryside
  • Mercury MG-20934 / SR-60934 : This Bitter Earth
  • Mercury MGD-9 / SRD-9 : Galaxy - Music From 16 Great Artists / Various Artists
  • Mercury MG-20651 / SR-60651 : Chart Winners - A Collection Of Mercury's Top Pop Hits / Various Artists
  • Mercury MG-20826 / SR-60826 : Original Golden Hits Of The Great Blues Singers / Various Artists

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Labels

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