Greatest Hits of All

The Greatest Hits of All

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by George Benson

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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."


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."

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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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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   Rhythm Guitar
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Will Lee   Bass
Wayne Lewis   Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Mike Mainieri   Conductor
Harvey Mason   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   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   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
Jeffrey Cohen   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Jazzbro50 More than 1 year ago
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.