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on July 10, 2008
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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