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Give me the night (1980) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004ZSK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give me this album! December 27, 2000
By edg16
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Remember The Days When We Never Had A Dime..." 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.

You hear all the instrumentation - especially the bass and rhythm sections.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love X Love is a pure listening classic. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An Award-Winning CD 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginnings Of A True Virtuoso 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz icon (both artist & album)
A classic if not legendary album. Great jazz guitar, vocals, throw in some Rod Temperton written songs, and Quincy Jones producing, you can’t go wrong.
Published 1 month ago by Khatt
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD
THE CD is better than i expected ,im very satisfied with this order. it was in i think, excellent condition.
Published 8 months ago by kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Enjoying every bit of it. I will continue to order music. The price was just right.
No need to shop at best buys anymore.
Published 13 months ago by karima shaheed
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Memories
After my husband introduced me to George Benson I totally Love George Benson's music ,Track after track of light jazz / easy listening. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leanne Waite
5.0 out of 5 stars str8 up tight work...
One of the best songs of all time...if u love disco then this is a must buy. Good job to amazon doing great work keeping up with any song u might wanna buy.
Published 16 months ago by jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap to the tunes
The year the album came out was very memorable.George Benson sings the songs with great feelings.One of my favorite is the jazzy "Dinorah Dinorah".
Published 16 months ago by Miguel Delgado
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Saw him in concert years ago. Had this album, vinyl, wanted to hear it in the car. brings back memories.
Published 17 months ago by K. Wening
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is really a great composed work of George Benson's greatest hit it ,a must for anyone who is a true fan.
Published 19 months ago by HtBuns
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
Some of George Benson's finest. Whenever I listen to "Give me the Night," it just takes me back to a place and time when life was so simple and fun. :) Totally recommend it!
Published on September 6, 2012 by Crazyanimegyrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good ridiculous fine music
During this time frame in the late 70's and early 80's there was some seriously GREAT music coming out from the producer and his hit factory known as "Q" a.k.a. Quincy Jones. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Buntman
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