The Best of George Benson Live

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Recorded live at Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Ireland, in 2000, these ten tracks are pleasant re-workings of guitarist and vocalist George Benson's jazz-pop hits of the '70s. To his credit, Benson isn't just a human jukebox re-creating well-known songs and sidestepping any spontaneity that derives from a live performance. For instance, his band, which includes keyboardist Joe Sample, gets to stretch out a bit, showing off their improvisational skills on "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," and particularly on Sample's "Deeper Than You Think." Alongside his seven-member group, Benson employs the BBC Big Band and musicians from the Ulster Orchestra who provide a real lushness that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Recorded live at Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Ireland, in 2000, these ten tracks are pleasant re-workings of guitarist and vocalist George Benson's jazz-pop hits of the '70s. To his credit, Benson isn't just a human jukebox re-creating well-known songs and sidestepping any spontaneity that derives from a live performance. For instance, his band, which includes keyboardist Joe Sample, gets to stretch out a bit, showing off their improvisational skills on "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," and particularly on Sample's "Deeper Than You Think." Alongside his seven-member group, Benson employs the BBC Big Band and musicians from the Ulster Orchestra who provide a real lushness that enhances the music instead of utilizing the cheesy synthesizer strings that often marred some of his work in the '80s and '90s. Fans of Benson's early sessions for Columbia or A&M may not rush out to purchase this, but those who favor Breezin' will find some pleasant moments here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498843536
  • Catalog Number: 000531302
  • Sales rank: 64,707

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Sample Piano
Stanley Banks Bass
Michael O'Neill Guitar, Vocals
Michael White Drums
David Witham Piano, Musical Direction
Thom Hall Keyboards
Dia Saucedo Percussion, Vocals
Dio Saucedo Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Bill Champlin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Leroy Hutson Composer
Pul Cunliffe Engineer
Steve Lukather Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Producer, Audio Production
Mike Stoller Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
John Taylor Engineer
Alexander Tucker Engineer
Tim Rhodes Engineer
Dave Crown Shaw Engineer
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