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March 5, 2017

George Duke – Dream On (1982) Lp

by Record Facts

George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music.













Artist:  George Duke
Title:  Dream On
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog# 85215

On his R&B-oriented records of the late ’70s, George Duke often shared the lead vocals with such band members as Lynn Davis, Josie James, and Napoleon Brock, but none of them are employed on 1982’s Dream On, which finds him handling most of the lead vocals himself. And that isn’t a bad thing, because Duke is a soulful and charismatic singer — there is no reason why he shouldn’t hog the microphone on his own albums. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of first-rate material to work with on this competent, if uneven and unfocused, LP. Dream On isn’t a bad album; sleek R&B ballads like “I Will Always Be Your Friend,” “Let Your Love Shine,” and “You” are pleasant, but they aren’t remarkable, and while Dream On simmers, it never burns and never explodes. Even “Son of Reach for It (The Funky Dream)” — a sequel to Duke‘s 1977 smash “Reach for It” — isn’t all that exciting. The best thing on the record is a remake of the mellow soul ballad “Someday,” which he had previously recorded for 1975’s I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry. Again, Dream On isn’t a disaster, but it isn’t one of Duke‘s more impressive albums either. This LP is strictly for completists.


Side one
1.  Shine On   (5:12)
2.  You   (4:38)
3.  Dream On   (4:01)
4.  I Will Always Be Your Friend   (3:28)
5.  Framed   (3:17)

Side two
1.  Ride On Love   (5:24)
2.  Son Of Reach For It (The Funky Dream)   (4:25)
3.  Someday   (3:52)
4.  Positive Energy   (3:34)
5.  Let Your Love Shine   (4:25)

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