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Give me the night (1980)

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George Benson - Give Me The Night - LP Vinyl Album

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004ZSK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By edg16 on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm not the biggest George Benson fan, but this is a terrific album. Much of the credit belongs to producer Quincy Jones. He gives the project a polished sheen that ties every song together, but never comes off as sterile. Uptempo cuts (Dinorah, Dinorah) blend seamlessly with ballads (Love Dance). Apart from two instrumentals, Benson doesn't get much solo space. But when he does get to use his guitar chops, it's always in service to the song rather than a mere display of technique (as in the title track). The high quality of the material doesn't hurt. Rod Temperton wrote half the songs, and they are every bit as richly melodic as the ones he gave to Michael Jackson. Even the weakest song - "Midnight Love Affair" - is memorable. Purists are quick to condemn "Give Me The Night" because it isn't really a "jazz" album. It's their loss. Whatever happened to the pure enjoyment of music? Pop this in the CD player, dim the lights, get out the Chardonnay, and cuddle up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD

Released in July 1980 on Warner Brothers K 56823 in the UK and HS 3453 in the USA, George Benson's "Give Me The Night" was a huge record at the time (it peaked at No. 3 in both countries).

And like Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" from 1978 before it - its fusion of soul, funk and jazz was popular everywhere - crossing over every rock barrier like never before (it was Grammy nominated and won too).

Yet except for a few remastered tracks on the excellent 2CD "Anthology" set from 2000 on Rhino, the entire album has been languishing around for over two decades now on one of those awful Eighties CDs with dullard murky sound. Until now...

Released 24 June 2009 in Japan-only on Warner Bros WPCR-13453 - this 24-bit remastered version is an audiophile CD on their SUPER HIGH MATERIALS format (playable on all players - 42:51 minutes).

And coming from an era that is probably the most derided in history by music lovers - especially when it comes to bombastic sound and ham-fisted production excesses - this SHM version is a BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED CD REMASTER - it really is.

It doesn't say who 24-bit remastered this album, but whoever did it, has produced the most awesome result because the sound quality is just GLORIOUS - I mean BEAUTIFUL. Of course the album always had the immaculate production values of QUINCY JONES and the stunning array of top session men to thank for its polish anyway - but this newly upgraded version is just wonderful. It's neither falsely loud nor brash - there's no audible hiss, but it's also not clinically clean - there's air around the instruments - it's just warm and THERE.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on January 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Love X Love is a pure classic song to listen to from the "GIVE ME TONIGHT" album. you can sit back and listen to George Benson putting in his best, or you can even dance to its groove. You listen to the words and it just brings you back to that old or new love. I never get tired of listening to it. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. check it out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on February 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This award-winning CD for "Best R&B Vocal Performance" at the 1980 Annual Grammy Awards is one of George Benson's most remarkable recordings produced by the great Quincy Jones. The legendary Frank Sinatra once described Mr. Jones as "a very talented man and one of the bright stars in the composing business." And he truly is one of them. I have enjoyed this recording since the Eighties when it first came out. This CD showcases the artistic qualities of Mr. Benson in vocals and guitar. He has proven once again his musical versatility by playing the guitar exquisitely and showing off his unique vocal cords as well.

George has the backing of the greatest musicians on the jazz scene: Lee Ritenour (guitar), Herbie Hancock (piano), David Foster and George Duke (keyboards) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion), to name a few.

Listen to "Moody's Mood For Love," and you will be enticed and transported back in time. It is the great saxophone/flute player James Moody's signature song, which is based on the popular song "I'm In The Mood For Love." Mr. Benson shares the spotlight with jazz vocalist Patti Austin on this beautiful duet and one of my personal favorites. The rest of my favorite tracks are "Love Dance" and "Turn Out The Lamplight." All these three tracks are to die for and enough reason to own this wonderful CD.

Put this CD on your changer and enjoy it with the company of good friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon High Tea, exchanging musical pleasantries, Benson's new-released CDs, concerts, or any interesting topics under the sun.

Happy listening!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJ Campbell-Vordeaux on March 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
George Benson's Qwest/Warner Brothers album "Give Me The Night" is a slamming album. I heard this album when I was just a kid.

Love X Love is a slamming track. "Give Me The Night" is just as good. My favorite is "Star Of A Story".. Eerie sounds with heavenly vocals. The background vocals which accompanied that sound was Patti Austin, Diva Gray, Jocelyn Brown, Tom Bahler and Jim Gilstrap. With the heavenly vocal cameo of Patti Austin on "Star Of A Story" it gives the song a holy type of experience. If ya want to groove, then pick this up!
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