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The Essential George Benson [Original recording remastered]

George BensonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Rock Candy (Live)George Benson 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shadow DancersGeorge Benson 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ClockwiseGeorge Benson 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Willow Weep For MeThe George Benson Quartet 7:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Foggy DayThe George Benson Quartet 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Borgia StickThe George Benson Quartet 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. ParaphernaliaMiles Davis12:36Album Only
listen  8. SugarStanley Turrentine10:05Album Only
listen  9. So WhatGeorge Benson 9:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ode To A Kudu (alt. take)George Benson 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. California Dreamin'George Benson 7:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. White RabbitGeorge Benson 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Body TalkGeorge Bensen 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Take FiveGeorge Benson 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Summertime (from Porgy And Bess (Live))George Benson 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Breezin'George Benson 5:20Album Only
listen  6. This MasqueradeGeorge Benson 8:01Album Only
listen  7. On Broadway (Live)George Benson10:07Album Only
listen  8. Give Me The NightGeorge Benson 4:59Album Only
listen  9. Hip SkipGeorge Benson;Tony Williams 8:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gotham CityDexter Gordon 9:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000A2H1C8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 tracks spanning 18 years, 16 albums and four record labels-essential indeed! Includes George's hits This Masquerade; On Broadway; Give Me the Night; Breezin' , and California Dreamin' , plus early sides from his CTI, Prestige and Columbia recordings!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track George's artistic - and commercial - evolution February 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What an interesting album and what a great cross-sectional study of George Benson's evolution from young R&B based jazz-guitarist to easy jazz-pop phenomenom. Recording quality is generally good, except for 1-2 live songs. The listener can obviously take their pick which they prefer, but there's no denying that while George is best known for his Breezin and other albums from the 80's, he had a real eclectic body of work behind him that established him as a jazz leader. If you're one of those types who cry, "Hey he sold out", I'd counter that he brought the best of jazz to the pop world. The songs Breezin' and On Broadway are loads of fun, simply because they are well written and polished performances.

Before this pop period, Disc 1 showcases George's roots music and versatility with other players' bands. Especially interesting are guitar trio with Jimmy Griff (or is it MacDuff?) and a somewhat avant-garde piece with Miles Davis from the late-60's, Paraphernalia. George makes it all work because he is a consumate musician. Disc 1 ends, and Disc 2 begins, with Georges recordings on the Creed Taylor label, reaching for rock favorites like White Rabbit. Ironically, this is his least successful work, certainly less satisfying than Breezin. You can almost hear George think, "I've got to break out of this straight jazz rut, maybe this will work". It sounds overproduced and forced. Breezin is a lot more fun.

Finally, my personal favorite is the killer Hip Skip, recorded in 1980 with Tony Williams drummer. What a funky tune, and how essential George's lead and comping are to make this work. Anything George does after this body of work, is just icing on the cake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High energy, optimistic fun July 10, 2008
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Fine 2-disk CD set. Disk 1 holds mostly energetic selections from GB's oeuvre, with only one piece (Ode to a Kudu) having a more reflective, though not somber, hue. Benson's trademark style (paralleling his lickety-split guitar licks with his voice) is downplayed here. He is often the soloist, but sometimes accompanies other band members. Most tracks are instrumentals except for "A Foggy Day" -- a fun standard that that retains GB's good-feeling style. "California Dreaming" is a great rewrite of the sometimes plodding Mamas and Papas' classic. Jefferson Airplane's hit, "White Rabbit" gets a great "Bolero"-like treatment that brings the ancient classic alive.

Disk 2 is a little less interesting. No compilation of essential GB would be complete (I'm afraid) without the top 40 classic hits "Breezin'" and "This Masquerade" and "On Broadway" and "Give Me the Night." These have been so overplayed on the radio that I don't care to hear them again. But YMMV.

It's nice to know that there's more to GB than his 15 minutes of fame in the late 70s. His non-hit material was fun to listen to. Easy on the ears and great for repeat listens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Benson! August 23, 2013
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I have been without Benson's music since college and it was about time that I got back in to some good sounds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail George! March 16, 2013
By mufasa
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Highly recommend for beginners in jazz. Great buy for 2 dis. A super, great collection for Benson fans!!!! BUY IT!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz May 10, 2013
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A great collection from one of the great (I know - overuse of the word "great") jazz musicians. Play it and sit back to enjoy.
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