Irreplaceable

Irreplaceable

by George Benson
     
 

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A few decades ago, when the release of a George Benson album was an event for either jazz guitar or R&B vocal enthusiasts, his projects indeed lived up to the album title he employs here. While the new collection probably won't be an essential part of the Benson enthusiast's library, it's fun to see him trying to stay in the post-millennial urban groove hip with some

Overview

A few decades ago, when the release of a George Benson album was an event for either jazz guitar or R&B vocal enthusiasts, his projects indeed lived up to the album title he employs here. While the new collection probably won't be an essential part of the Benson enthusiast's library, it's fun to see him trying to stay in the post-millennial urban groove hip with some of the younger generation's top songwriter/producers like Joshua Thompson (who's produced for O-Town, Aretha Franklin, and Babyface) and Joe. Those who wish he'd remember his prowess as a jazz guitarist have to content themselves with its general background capacity behind pleasant romantic vocal textures and easy grooving hip-hop shuffle grooves. Fortunately, Benson's in particularly fine voice, and most of the hooks are catchy from the get go. Conceptually, the best tunes are "Six Play" (which we soon realize is a love song to his six-string) and "Cell Phone," which postulates the idea that God and our late loved ones are accessible by wireless. There are a few stylistic deviations from the basic cool formula here, most notably the gospel-tinged "Whole Man," and the lush, gently exotic, flamenco-flavored soul tune "Strings of Love." The hope is that Benson's collaborations with the hipsters will expose his legendary talents to the kids who might otherwise shy away from the charms of an elder statesman.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0602498603048
catalogNumber:
000059902

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Bill Blast   Electric Piano
Taylor Carpenter   Background Vocals
Chyna   Background Vocals
Melvin Davis   Hammond Organ
John Fiore   Background Vocals
Joshua Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Philip White   Background Vocals
Bobby Douglas   Keyboards
Andrea Simmons   Vocals,Background Vocals
Selina Albright   Background Vocals
Joe Thomas   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Richard Bona   Bass,Percussion,Chant
Shoshannah   Vocals,Background Vocals
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica,Soloist
Randy Beasley   Background Vocals
Pic Conley   Flute
Mike Hobbs   Finger Snapping
Sean Albrecht   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Clark   Composer
Lisa Fischer   Vocal Arrangements
Hakim Bell   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Taylor Carpenter   Vocal Arrangements
John Fiore   Composer
Tim Kelly   Composer
Bob Robinson   Composer
John Roper   Engineer
Joshua Thompson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Philip White   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Allan Rich   Composer
Donna Ranieri   Photo Production
Hollis King   Art Direction
Warren Wilson   Composer
Scott Andrews   Composer
Joe Thomas   Producer,drum programming
Richard Bona   Vocal Arrangements
Ali Muhammed Jackson   drum programming
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Sasha Harford   grooming
Randy Beasley   Composer
David Allan Brandt   Cover Photo
Pic Conley   drum programming
William Irving   Composer,Producer

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