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The Greatest Hits of All

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This collection pays tribute to the versatile singer-songwriter and noted jazz guitarist George Benson with 19 of his best-loved hits, including the the poignant ballad "The Greatest Love of All," the jazzy "On Broadway," the disco shuffle "Give Me the Night," and the R&B smash "Turn Your Love Around."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Basically, this "greatest hits of all" is simply that: the highest-charting tracks in George Benson's long career -- highest-charting pop and adult contemporary tracks, that is. Benson had been on the scene over a decade before signing with Warner Bros., and many of his jukebox and R&B hits were recorded for ...
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This collection pays tribute to the versatile singer-songwriter and noted jazz guitarist George Benson with 19 of his best-loved hits, including the the poignant ballad "The Greatest Love of All," the jazzy "On Broadway," the disco shuffle "Give Me the Night," and the R&B smash "Turn Your Love Around."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Basically, this "greatest hits of all" is simply that: the highest-charting tracks in George Benson's long career -- highest-charting pop and adult contemporary tracks, that is. Benson had been on the scene over a decade before signing with Warner Bros., and many of his jukebox and R&B hits were recorded for Creed Taylor's CTI label. Some of Benson's recorded work that held those hits has been reissued in the past two years. Of the Warner material, they have gauged success by chart placement -- not sales, not radio play, not artist choice. Therefore, while the stellar tracks from Breezin', namely "This Masquerade," which charted at number one on pop and R&B in Billboard, and its follow-up, the album's title track, kick the album off along with "On Broadway" and "The Greatest Love of All." But there are many stops along the way to the present from that 1976 issue, such as Benson's singularly beautiful read of "Unchained Melody," "Never Give Up on a Good Thing," and his duet with Aretha Franklin, which stormed through the radios of literally millions of lovers, "Love All the Hurt Away." Benson's streak is remarkable in that he consistently recorded tracks of similar weight, length, and dynamic with essentially the same timeless production that took him to the top in the first place. Thus, cuts such as "I Just Wanna Hang Around You," "Kisses in the Moonlight," "Never Give Up on a Good Thing," "Shiver," "Love X Love," and "Let's Do It Again," while being very different songs, come across in exactly the same way. The formula is a winning one even today. The Greatest Hits of All may not truly have Benson's great material, but the album does tell a story of one man's ability to consistently conquer the charts for a long period of time. And that, in this day and age, is an accomplishment realized by few. Benson virtually defined the quiet storm format with his slick, sheeny, lights-down-low approach to recording, and as this collection evidences, this made him an enduring artist. For those who dig the Warner material, this is the collection to have.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227828424
  • Catalog Number: 78284
  • Sales rank: 7,082

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Aretha Franklin Vocals
James Taylor Background Vocals
Jorge Dalto Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Ronnie Foster Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Herbie Hancock Electric Piano
Tim Heintz Keyboards
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Keyboards
Quincy Jones Rhythm
Earl Klugh Acoustic Guitar
Rob Mounsey Synclavier
Phil Upchurch Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
David Foster Synthesizer, Electric Piano
Bill Champlin Background Vocals
Marcy Levy Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Gene Page Synthesizer
Jennifer Hall Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Michael Sembello Background Vocals
Jocelyn Allen Background Vocals
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Mike Baird Cymbals
Stanley Banks Bass
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Robbie Buchanan Electric Piano
Lenny Castro Percussion
Wells Christy Synclavier
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Eddie Daniels Alto Saxophone
Nathan East Bass
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Babi Floyd Background Vocals
Steve Gadd Drums
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Alan Glass Rhythm Guitar
Preston Glass Synthesizer
Venette Gloud Background Vocals
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway Cymbals, Drums
Randy Goodrum Synthesizer
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Jay Graydon Synthesizer, Guitar
Gary Herbig Flute, Saxophone
Jerry Hey Strings, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Lee Holdridge Conductor
Kim Hutchcroft Flute, Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Rhythm Guitar
Anthony Jackson Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Will Lee Bass
Wayne Lewis Keyboards
Steve Lukather Guitar
Mike Mainieri Conductor
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Michael Masser Piano
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Marcus Miller Bass
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, Piano
David Paich Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Lee Ritenour Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Zachary Sanders Background Vocals
Danny Sembello fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Mike Sims Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Hamish Stuart Background Vocals
Richard Tee Synthesizer Bass
Suzanne Valentine Background Vocals
Carlos Vega Drums
Randy Waldman Synthesizer
Dave Weckl Cymbals
Jonathan Lewis Synthesizer
Mark Stevens Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
Genobia Jeter Background Vocals
Andy Bloch Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Jai Winding Piano, Electric Piano
Carmen Twilley Background Vocals
Larry Williams Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Omar Hakim Composer
James Newton Howard Composer, String Arrangements
David Foster String Arrangements
Bill Champlin Composer
Steve Kipner Composer, drum programming, Sequencers
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Michael Sembello Composer, drum programming
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Paul Brown Producer
Wells Christy Programming
Claus Ogerman Orchestral Arrangements
Linda Creed Composer
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Sam Dees Composer
Steve Dubin Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Michael Garvin Composer
Preston Glass Composer, drum programming
Randy Goodrum Composer, drum programming
Jay Graydon Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jerry Hey String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Lee Holdridge Orchestration
Bill Inglot Producer
Wayne Lewis Producer, drum programming
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Steve Lukather Composer
Mike Mainieri Orchestration
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Marty Paich String Arrangements
Michael Masser Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Narada Michael Walden Composer, Producer, drum programming
Alex North Composer
David Paich Arranger, Composer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Skip Scarborough Composer
Manuel Seal Jr. Composer
Cruz Baca Sembello Composer
Danny Sembello Composer
John Sembello Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Rod Temperton Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Russ Titelman Producer
Suzanne Valentine Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Jonathan Lewis Programming
Tom Shapiro Composer
Bryan Lee Janszen drum programming
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Dennis Turner Executive Producer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Jeffrey Cohen Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Aren't We Overdue For A Benson Box Set?

    George is the greatest jazz guitarist since Wes Montgomery. I love his style, his artistry and his taste in music. It is criminal to call a single disc of George Benson music the greatest hits of all, but it will have to do until a box set like The Complete Wes Montgomery on Riverside is released.
    Thank you for the music George. I hope I get at least one more chance to see you live before I leave this earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's The Greatest Modern Guitarist of All!!

    I saw him perform since this release and George Benson is not only a fabulous musician and vocalist....he has his way with the audience. His performance is so thrilling and energetic...he's better than a coveted vintage wine! I love what he brings to the stage....his greatest!! Thank you George Benson!

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