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Irreplaceable [Bonus Track]
     

Irreplaceable [Bonus Track]

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

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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 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," postulating 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 commercialized talents to the kids who might otherwise shy away from the charms of an elder statesman. [The disc was also issued in a version that contained one bonus track: a club mix of "Cell Phone" by Blacksmith.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Universal Import
UPC:
0602498619964
catalogNumber:
9861996

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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   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Melvin Davis   Hammond Organ
John Fiore   Background Vocals
Herman Jackson   Keyboards
Nick Lane   Trombone
John Pondel   Rhythm Guitar
Land Richards   Drums
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Joshua Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Roberto Vally   Bass
Bobby Douglas   Keyboards
Andrea Simmons   Vocals,Background Vocals
Selina Albright   Background Vocals
Joe Thomas   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Richard Bona   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Chant
Shoshannah   Vocals
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica,Soloist
Randy Beasley   Background Vocals
Pic Conley   Flute,Hi Hat
Mike Hobbs   Finger Snapping
Larry E. Williams   Flute,Keyboards
D Mart   Vocal Ad-Libs

Technical Credits

George Benson   Composer,Liner Notes
Mike Clark   Composer
Lisa Fischer   Vocal Arrangements
Hakim Bell   Producer,drum programming
Taylor Carpenter   Vocal Arrangements
John Fiore   Composer
Bud Harner   Producer
Alec Head   Engineer
Tommy Kay   Arranger
Tim Kelly   Composer
Rex Rideout   Programming,Producer
Bob Robinson   Composer
John Roper   Engineer,Remixing
Joshua Thompson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Remixing,drum programming
Philip White   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Donna Ranieri   Photo Production
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joe Thomas   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Richard Bona   Vocal Arrangements
DC   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Harold Lilly   Composer
Karl Anthony   Programming
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Sasha Harford   grooming,Groomer
Randy Beasley   Composer
David Allan Brandt   Cover Photo
Pic Conley   drum programming
William Irving   Producer
Karl Blacksmith   Programming
Jeff Harris   Engineer

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