Weekend In LA

December 16, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1978
  • Release Date: January 1, 1978
  • Label: 143/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1978 Warner Brothers Records
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  • Total Length: 1:09:01
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  • ASIN: B001OGNJHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,237 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Beautiful and artistic, another of Benson's best ever.
Beatlenik
Both his voice and musical talents are the yardstick which all others are measured.
Nancy Nau
I was an aspiring high-school jazz guitarist when this album came out in 1978.
joe carmouche

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Weekend In L.A. is a smooth live recording by George Benson. His version of "On Broadway" is a great combination of jazz, r&b with a dash of funk thrown in. Mr. Benson's voice has never sounded finer and the song became a top ten single. There are other great performances on the album including the smoky "Lady Blue", the breezy title cut, the heavy jazz of "Ode To A Kudu" and a touching tribute to his mentor Wes Montgomery, "We Remember Wes". There is also Mr. Benson's original version of "The Greatest Love Of All" which is from the Muhammad Ali biopic, The Greatest. The song is nothing like the overplayed, schmaltzy version that Whitney Houston had a hit with. It is an understated, pretty song that Mr. Benson doesn't go over the top with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ND.NY on August 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This particular recording exhibits a perfect compromise between George Benson pop singer and George Benson masterful guitarist. "Ode to Kudu" is absolutely spectacular in it's beauty. George plays the hell out of it. "Weekend In La" has George flexing his jazz muscles on the is pleasant tune, you even hear a quick "I Got Rhythm" quote".

"Lady Blue" is soulful, stronger for the emotion than the lyrics which are a bit trite.

"On Broadway" was a bit overplayed on the radio but is still on of the most original renditions of this song ever recorded. This song smacks of Phil Upchurch's inventive musical conceptualizations. Phil has this very unique approach on how to combine a rhythm to a piece never sacrificing the song in order to get groove. Other's could learn alot from Phil.

Overall this album has that a perfect balance between the vocal aspect and his exceptional playing ability. The instrumentals show Mr. Benson at the height of his powers. For me, a vast improvement over "Breezin'" and "In Flight"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is quite enjoyable. George Benson is quite an entertaining performer, and his energy shines through on most of these songs. It is important to note that he had quite a stellar band, especially his pianist, Jorge Dalto. Just listen to Dalto's jazzy embellishments on "The Greatest Love of All" and "It's All in the Game" if you don't believe me! As a pianist myself, I can appreciate what Dalto does. There is also a good mix of material, ranging from the reflective, to the funky, to the unbelievably cool. A great album! P.S: George's "The Greatest Love of All" beats Whitney's any day!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Music Critic on December 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of George Benson for almost 3 decades. This is an excellent CD which does more to showcase his superb voice more than his great guitar playing. Among my favorites on this CD are....Lady Blue, The Greatest Love Of All, and It's All In The Game. Some of the arrangements are with a disco-beat. Hey, this was the 70's after all and Disco-Jazz was at it's peak. Overall, this is an excellent live CD!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beatlenik on November 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
...and then came the "live" album.

I am generally not a fan of live albums by any artists. However, some recordings have surpassed their stage limitations, especially in more modern recordings (ie. Pink Floyd's Pulse for example). But amongst classic rock era recordings, live usually translated into "poor". Fleetwood Mac's live album ('80) was downright muddy, Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same" was so spontaneously combustible that Plant's vocals were reduced to mainly grunts and the audience intrusion was horribly loud. There are though those live recordings that both capture the audience appreciation without it being too intrusive, the sound engineering being done well enough to really capture the talent of the artists, and the production being slick enough to make the album sound fresh and terrific. Joni Mitchell's "Miles Of Aisles" ('74), and George Benson's WEEKEND IN L.A. ('77) are the two best live recordings I can think of from this era. Both remarkably benefit from the same perfections, though for different reasons. Joni's live album benefits from new interpretations of her already classic catalog by the teaming effort of Tom Scott and The LA Express who assisted Joni stepping over the threshold of the jazz music entrance. Her resulting products have been monumental ever since then. George on the other hand has given us a highly produced and engineered live set of nearly all new material which is as good, and sometimes better, as anything he recorded in the studio.

George Benson was an extremely young superstar on jazz guitar, recording his first single with RCA Victor in New York at the tender age of 10 years old! From there, his name appears in a jazz Who's Who of some of the biggest names in the industry culminating with Miles Davis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Arellano on August 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A lot of the reviews here failed to touch on the more technical, guitar playing style of Mr. Benson. Most of the songs recognized by the other reviewers centered on the album's top 40 songs like On Broadway and Greatest Love of All. However, there are several gems in this album that really showcase George Benson when he still identified himself as a jazz guitarist rather than as a pop jazz artist. I'd like to focus my review on his instrumental pieces in this album. Take note of the first song of this album Weekend in LA. Listen to how he just doesn't want to "give up" his solo playing in this song. His solo came in two parts. One was a smoother take and then the second part, he went for the kill. Brilliant. Another brilliant song on this album people should listen to is We All Remember Wes- a tribute to his idol Wes Montgomery. Here George Benson shows how he can deliver his brand of playing- smooth, fast, yet it doesn't feel like it's rushing you through the song. The solo lines are fantastic. Accompanied by a great rhythm section in this album, George Benson releases a live album that is a masterpiece. Buy this album not for the top 40 songs, but buy it because you want to hear the master play. He's still one of the best.
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