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It's Uptown/George Benson Cookbook/Beyond the Blue Horizon/Body Talk/Bad Benson

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is one of the most useful multi-disc packages that reissues album titles under their own sleeves. The German wing of Sony BMG has taken it upon themselves to reissue five classic album titles together in their remastered and extended versions in a single slipcase. In the United States this is done sloppily, where early versions, and not remastered versions, are slipped into boxes just to get rid of stock. This is not the case here, and in George Benson's situation in particular, it is actually quite useful. Benson recorded a couple of titles for Columbia in 1965 with John Hammond and Creed Taylor; the latter left shortly thereafter to start his CTI venture with A&M ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is one of the most useful multi-disc packages that reissues album titles under their own sleeves. The German wing of Sony BMG has taken it upon themselves to reissue five classic album titles together in their remastered and extended versions in a single slipcase. In the United States this is done sloppily, where early versions, and not remastered versions, are slipped into boxes just to get rid of stock. This is not the case here, and in George Benson's situation in particular, it is actually quite useful. Benson recorded a couple of titles for Columbia in 1965 with John Hammond and Creed Taylor; the latter left shortly thereafter to start his CTI venture with A&M and took Benson with him. This box compiles the expanded versions of both of Benson's Columbia titles, It's Uptown and The George Benson Cookbook, with three of his early CTI dates including Beyond the Blue Horizon, Body Talk, and Bad Benson. It would have been perfect if they'd been able to sub White Rabbit in there for either of the first two CTI releases, but picking that baby up will only set you back about ten bucks anyway. These records sound great, most of them are great, and what's more, if you are smart as a consumer, you can score them online for a deeply discounted price that comes out to six or seven dollars a disc -- even including shipping, and some retailers ship free if you spend over 25 bucks or so anyway. In other words, these are cheaper than their domestic counterparts and look nicer because of higher-grade paper used in production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
  • UPC: 886971455229
  • Catalog Number: 714552
  • Sales rank: 39,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stormy Weather/Clockwise - The George Benson Quartet (4:29)
  2. 2 Summertime - The George Benson Quartet (2:25)
  3. 3 Ain't That Peculiar - The George Benson Quartet (2:57)
  4. 4 Jaguar - The George Benson Quartet (3:00)
  5. 5 Willow Weep for Me - The George Benson Quartet (7:49)
  6. 6 A Foggy Day - The George Benson Quartet (2:41)
  7. 7 Hello Birdie - The George Benson Quartet (4:01)
  8. 8 Bullfight - The George Benson Quartet (3:46)
  9. 9 Clockwise/Stormy Weather - The George Benson Quartet (2:20)
  10. 10 Eternally - The George Benson Quartet (4:06)
  11. 11 Myna Bird Blues - The George Benson Quartet (4:37)
  12. 12 J.H. Bossa Nova - The George Benson Quartet (3:11)
  13. 13 Clockwise - The George Benson Quartet (4:58)
  14. 14 Eternally - The George Benson Quartet (2:45)
  15. 15 Sideman - The George Benson Quartet (4:48)
  16. 16 Minor Chant - The George Benson Quartet (3:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Cooker - The George Benson Quartet (4:19)
  2. 2 Benny's Back - The George Benson Quartet (4:12)
  3. 3 Bossa Rocka - The George Benson Quartet (4:25)
  4. 4 All of Me - The George Benson Quartet (2:10)
  5. 5 Big Fat Lady - The George Benson Quartet (4:44)
  6. 6 Benson's Rider - The George Benson Quartet (5:37)
  7. 7 Ready and Able - The George Benson Quartet (3:34)
  8. 8 The Borgia Stick - The George Benson Quartet (3:09)
  9. 9 Return of the Prodigal Son - The George Benson Quartet (2:38)
  10. 10 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid - The George Benson Quartet (6:36)
  11. 11 The Man from Toledo - The George Benson Quartet (2:10)
  12. 12 Slow Scene - The George Benson Quartet (3:14)
  13. 13 Let Them Talk - The George Benson Quartet (2:54)
  14. 14 Goodnight - The George Benson Quartet (2:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 So What (9:20)
  2. 2 The Gentle Rain (9:15)
  3. 3 All Clear (5:29)
  4. 4 Ode to a Kudu (3:48)
  5. 5 Somewhere in the East (6:11)
  6. 6 All Clear (5:47)
  7. 7 Ode to a Kudu (4:41)
  8. 8 Somewhere in the East (9:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Dance (8:25)
  2. 2 Where Love Has Gone (5:05)
  3. 3 Plum (5:13)
  4. 4 Body Talk (8:24)
  5. 5 Top of the World (9:46)
  6. 6 Body Talk (9:20)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Take Five (7:08)
  2. 2 Summer Wishes/Winter Dreams (2:58)
  3. 3 My Latin Brother (6:50)
  4. 4 No Sooner Said Than Done (5:59)
  5. 5 Full Compass (5:42)
  6. 6 The Changing World (4:55)
  7. 7 Take the "A" Train (4:15)
  8. 8 Serbian Blue (13:05)
  9. 9 From Now On (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flute, English Horn
Ronnie Cuber Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl Klugh Guitar
Blue Mitchell Trumpet
Lonnie Liston Smith Organ
Warren Covington Trombone
Phil Upchurch Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bass
Pee Wee Ellis Conductor
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Kenny Barron Piano
Raymond Beckenstein Clarinet, Flute, English Horn
Marion Booker Drums
Garnett Brown Trombone
Michael Cameron Percussion
Don Sebesky Conductor
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk Trumpet
Steve Gadd Drums
Gary King Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Jimmy Lovelace Drums
Ray Lucas Drums
Harold Mabern Electric Piano
Charles McCracken Cello
Albert Nicholson Percussion
Clarence Palmer Organ
Charlie Persip Drums
Waymon Reed Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Margaret Ross Harp
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Albert Winston Bass
Paul Tobias Cello
Frank Levy Cello
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Alan Schulman Celeste
Jim Buffington French Horn
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger
Don Sebesky Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Sandy Speiser Cover Photo
Gordon Barnes Liner Notes
John F. Hammond Producer
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