Irreplaceable

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 766485249241
  • Catalog Number: 524924

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Six Play (4:13)
  2. 2 Whole Man (3:52)
  3. 3 Irreplaceable (4:17)
  4. 4 Loving Is Better Than Leaving (4:15)
  5. 5 Strings of Love (3:27)
  6. 6 Cell Phone (4:12)
  7. 7 Black Rose (4:40)
  8. 8 Stairway to Love (4:20)
  9. 9 Reason for Breathing (4:50)
  10. 10 Missing You (3:22)
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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 Background Vocals
Melvin Davis Hammond Organ
John Fiore Background Vocals
Joshua Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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
Tom Coyne Mastering
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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