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George Benson: Live at Montreux 1986

4.3 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

George Benson is one of the finest guitar players in the history
of jazz. Over the years he has worked in many different genres
from soul to jazz to blues to pop and achieved success in all of
them. He has one of the rare artists who has managed to combine
critical acclaim and commercial success in equal measures.
A frequent visitor to Montreux (he has performed there 11 times
including 2005), George Benson has selected this show from
1986 as the first he would like released. Taken from the height of
his commercial success the concert includes classics and hit
tracks throughout the set including Lady Love Me (One More
Time), Love Ballad, In Your Eyes, Love x Love, 20/20, On
Broadway, Turn Your Love Around and Never Give Up On A Good
Thing among many more. / Track Listing
1. Feel Like Making Love
2. Off Broadway
3. Weekend In L.A.
4. Omar's Tune
5. Lady Love Me (One More Time)
6. Love Ballad
7. Moody's Mood
8. Beyond The Sea
9. Affirmation
10. My Latin Brother
11. Love x Love
12. In Your Eyes
13. The Greatest Love Of All
14. 20/20
15. Never Give Up On A Good Thing
16. Turn Your Love Around
17. Take Five
18. On Broadway

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: George Benson
  • Directors: George Benson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BI1YT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By tjguitar on November 10, 2006
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Why did Eagle Vision decide to remove "Run" and the encore with Robert Cray?

The Ramblin On My Mind > Have You Ever Loved A Woman encore track is awesome with a bunch of key changes, and Robert Cray on guitar.

A shame, but still a great DVD, much more complete than the other DVD from 1986 ("Eric Clapton and Friends").

As for the performance, it is top notch. Clapton had a great group of players in 86-87 with the four piece band of Collins/East/Phillinganes.

Greg Phillinganes provides the vocals for the chorus of "White Room" and the entire song of "Behind the Mask".

Some of Greg Phillingnaes synths are rather dated, but it doesn't detract from these excellent shows. Additionally, Phil Collins rocks the house with his smash hit "In The Air Tonight".

Can't recommend this enough despite its shortcomings. It would be five stars if it was complete.
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Otis Rush, the West Side Bluesman, is one of the rarities of American Blues Music. Like Albert King, he is a self-taught left-handed guitarist who plays an upside down right-handed and strung guitar, has great innovative bends (especially Otis' signature "lazy" vibrato) and sings with a convincing passion. There is very little available for fans to see. In 2003 the "Live Blues Part 1" on Blues Express was released showing us an older, slower Mr Rush BUT with a fabulous band! I would highly recommend this set too!

This DVD was eagerly awaited by all Blues fans. It was shot in 1986 and shows us a younger (52) Otis in his first of three Montreux performances between 1986 and 1996 (thanks to Eric Clapton). Otis had been to Europe with the AFBF in the 1960s and his input in those DVDs is very exciting. In this set he has the Professor Eddie Lusk Blues Review as his backup group and honestly-they are only adequate. Otis needs a horn section and a tighter drummer and bassist to bring out his sound. Otis himself sings great and puts over a very good overall performance. His guitar is a little thin and down in the mix. However we learn a few great things about his technique--like he plays a lot without a pick and also when he does pick he uses it from different sides and angles-pretty cool! And the most revealing item: his great vibrato is done not only with his ring finger-but also his forefinger. I'm sure this is where Mike Bloomfield picked it up-one of Mike's most distinctive licks!

The set is very good and comprehensive for 1986. Many tunes are from his "Right Place, Wrong Time" LP. An LP that took ten years to be released. He starts with "Tops" which is from an album he recorded at the San Francisco Blues Festival and is probably his best live CD.
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I never thought that something like this could finally came out of the vaults to find its way to my library! An old concert from George Benson in Montreaux! The year was 1986. I never even dreamed to own something like this. The moment I saw this dvd in my cd shop I had to own it, so I did buy it immediatly. What is it all about? George Benson the best living jazz guitarist playing with a small-big band in Montreaux a set of standards and old favorities of his. Nothing less than fantastic! He was in splendid shape, at the top of his game. Young and charismatic. He delight us with burning bop licks and tender lines with the guitar and then he sings like the best with a voice which is nothing less than amazing. George is a master entertainer with a musical talent like noone. As a jazz guitarist myself I really really love him and I suggest the purchase of this dvd to every fan of the Jazz guitar and of good music in general. The program is as i said earlier, based on old favorites of his (Love ballad, Never give up on a good thing, Weekend in L.A. etc), with some standards (I'm in the mood for love etc) ... A must have.
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This 1986 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival is a treat for blues fans, considering how rare good video footage is of Otis Rush and other blues legends. Otis sings and plays well in this show, and the band lays down some solid playing behind him too. Professor Eddie Lusk, the band leader and keyboardist, gives Rush a strong introduction. The drummer here is a little too busy on most of the songs, but Lusk is fun to watch as he really gets into the music during the show.

Otis proves himself a fine blues vocalist as he sings his heart out during an excellent performance of "Gambler's Blues" that is one of the high points of the concert. Otis and the band carry the show just fine by themselves, but the special appearance of Eric Clapton is a nice treat. The audience gives him a rousing welcome as he takes the stage. Clapton offers some nice solos during his segment and sings really well on a duet of Otis' masterpiece "Double Trouble". Both Clapton and Rush recorded excellent versions of this classic song.

Otis is a good guitar player and a soulful singer, but here he lacks the powerful stage presence of other bluesmen such as Buddy Guy or Freddie King, and Clapton is pretty mellow on this night as well. The energetic Luther Allison comes out for one song and raises the energy level a few notches with a spirited performance. He gets up in Clapton's face and plays a gritty solo that leaves Eric smiling. It is the highlight of the show.

This is a nice DVD for lovers of Chicago style blues and anyone who wants to see Otis Rush on stage in some quality video footage.
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