The Other Side of Abbey Road

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Just three weeks after the U.S. release of the Beatles' swan song, Abbey Road, Creed Taylor ushered George Benson into the studio to begin a remarkably successful pop-jazz translation of the record complete with a parody of the famous cover, showing Benson with guitar crossing an Eastern urban street. It is a lyrical album, with a hint of the mystery and a lot of the cohesive concept of the Beatles' original despite the scrambled order of the tunes. Benson is given some room to stretch out on guitar, sometimes in a bluesy groove, and there are more samples of his honeyed vocals than ever before oddly, his voice would not be heard again by record-buyers until he signed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Just three weeks after the U.S. release of the Beatles' swan song, Abbey Road, Creed Taylor ushered George Benson into the studio to begin a remarkably successful pop-jazz translation of the record complete with a parody of the famous cover, showing Benson with guitar crossing an Eastern urban street. It is a lyrical album, with a hint of the mystery and a lot of the cohesive concept of the Beatles' original despite the scrambled order of the tunes. Benson is given some room to stretch out on guitar, sometimes in a bluesy groove, and there are more samples of his honeyed vocals than ever before oddly, his voice would not be heard again by record-buyers until he signed with Warner Bros.. Don Sebesky's arrangements roam freely from baroque strings to a full-throated big band, and Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, and Hubert Laws get some worthy solo space. Yet for all its diversity, the record fits together as a whole more tightly than any other George Benson project, thanks to his versatile talents and the miraculous overarching unity of the Beatles' songs. One wonders if the Fab Four liked it, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1998
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 082839302821
  • Catalog Number: 3028
  • Sales rank: 44,918

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ray Barretto Percussion, Drums
Phil Bodner Flute, Oboe, Multiple Reeds
Ron Carter Bass
Sonny Fortune Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Herbie Hancock Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Bob James Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Hubert Laws Flute, Multiple Reeds
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mel Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Wayne Andre Trombone, Euphonium
Bernie Glow Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Andy González Percussion
Guildhall String Ensemble Strings
Ernie Hayes Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Idris Muhammad Drums
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
George Ricci Cello
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Emanuel Vardi Cello, Viola
Andy Gonzales Percussion
Donald Ashworth Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Multiple Reeds
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Eric Meola Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must !!!

    Super album. CTI albums are hard to come by. Glad to see this one out on disc. George and the entire group grooved on the one. How can you go wrong with Sebesky arranging and sidemen like Freddy Hubbard, Bob James , Herbie Hancock and the likes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tribute To The Beatles...and to Benson, Too

    This outstanding release marks one of the first jazz tributes/remakes of a non-jazz album. Benson, producer Creed Taylor and a stellar backup band (including present and future stars Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws and Ron Carter) expand on the blues grooves only hinted at in songs like

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