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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000ASAFU2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Marsell on December 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was really excited to get my hands on this album, as "Weekend In L.A." is one of the greatest live jazz albums ever recorded. Be warned...this album is no "Weekend In L.A.".

The audio quality is marginal, as the vocals are almost hard to hear, in parts. I mentioned to my wife that it almost sounded as though someone stood in the audience, with a digital recorder, and made a recording of the concert. The sound is very treble-heavy with only a marginal amount of bass. I'm actually kind of surprised that GRP would put out a CD with this kind of audio quality.

As far as the track selection, this collection is heavy on George's pop/R&B hits. There are a couple of guitar-only tracks, like "Breezin'" and "Hipping the Hop". Other than that, every other song contains vocals. (Not my personal favorite phase of his career, but to each his own)

All in all, I was disappointed, and am surprised I actually gave only 3 stars to a George Benson release. He is one of my favorite artists, and I really think GRP did him an injustice by releasing this low quality recording.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. F. ALAM on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Great cd and song collection,recorded live the sound quality is not the best unfortunately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hubbard on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Here's the thing that really makes this album, simply put: Benson is still one of the great jazz guitarists, and there's plenty of evidence of that fact to be found here. His solo spots on "Breezin'" and "This Masquerade" exceed their studio counterparts, in the former case by some distance. If you're a fan of his guitar work (and why wouldn't you be?), this album will surprise and delight you with its abundance and quality, at this late date.

Further, the song selection is nice, representative, though indeed a bit skimpy (though the album is about an hour long). Benson's voice sounds good throughout, not quite as overly mannered as he's been prone to be in recent years. So, musically, the album is a winner, no question.

I do agree, though, that the sound is somewhat wanting (the band is too recessed in the mix, and this larger venue's acoustics don't really service a good live mix). Still, that's a fairly minor quibble, and it's by no means bad sounding; but, there's room to wish for better.

If you're a fan, and don't mind a cross section of his more R&B material with lite jazz (albeit with stellar guitar work), you're bound to find this record the most exciting thing Benson's released in years.
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