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November 2, 2016

George Benson – George Benson Collection (1981) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.













Artist:  George Benson
Title:  George Benson Collection
Year:  1981
Format:  2LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 66107

The George Benson Collection is a compilation album by George Benson, released on the Warner Bros. record label in 1981. The album was a two-record set.

In order to produce what it thought would be a definitive two-LP retrospective on George Benson, Warner Bros. raided not only its own archives but also those of A&M, Arista, and CTI. For added sales appeal, Warners inserted two new recordings, one of which (“Turn Your Love Around”) became another huge hit single, rising to number five on the pop charts. Of course, the big Warner Bros. vocal hits are here (“This Masquerade,” “On Broadway,” “Give Me the Night”), plus an artistic triumph like “Moody’s Mood,” but only one WB instrumental (“Breezin'”) can be heard. From Arista, it’s strictly pop: “The Greatest Love of All” and the duet with Aretha Franklin, “Love All the Hurt Away.” The A&M choices “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Here Comes the Sun” could have been better, but the two CTIs, “White Rabbit” and the great “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” are excellent representatives.


Side one
1.  Turn Your Love Around   (3:51)
2.  Love All the Hurt Way  (with Aretha Franklin)  (4:10)
3.  Give Me the Night   (3:43)
4.  Cast Your Fate to the Wind   (6:51)

Side two
1.  Never Give Up on a Good Thing   (4:06)
2.  On Broadway  (Drifters Cover)  (5:18)
3.  White Rabbit  (Jefferson Airplane Cover)  (6:58)
4.  This Masquerade  (3:19)

Side three
1.  Love Ballad  (4:17)
2.  Nature Boy  (4:20)
3.  Last Train to Clarksville   (5:01)
4.  Livin’ Inside Your Love  (6:38)

Side four
1.  Here Comes the Sun  (2:33)
2.  Breezin’  (5:39)
3.  Moody’s Mood  (3:26)
4.  We Got the Love  (with Chaka Khan)  (3:28)
5.  The Greatest Love of All  (5:33)

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