2012. május 20., vasárnap

George Benson - Weekend in L.A. 1977 - Original 2 LP Digital transfer, noise cleaning and mixed, at Audio Design Studio Home Sound Recording Studio made 2012 th.

Continuous Records       DATA

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LP 01


01 - Weekend in L. A.
02 - On Broadway


03 - Down Here on the Ground
04 - California P.M.
05 - The Greatest Love of All

LP 02

06 - It's All In The Game
07 - Windsong
08 - Ode To A Kudu


09 - Lady Blue
10 - We All Remember Wes
11 - We As Love

The Players:

George Benson - Lead Guitar and vocals
Phil Upchurch - Rhythm Guitar 
Ronnie Foster - Keyboards
Jorge Dalto - Acoustic piano and keyboards
Stanley Banks - Bass
Harvey Mason - Drums
Ralph Macdonald - Percussion

Recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood, 
sept 30, oct. 1st, oct. 2nd. 1977.

On the surface. George Benson's career has followed the pattern established by Nat "King" Cole and Ray Charles: many duespaying years as an instrumentalist, then the big payoff with the emphasis on vocals. There are significant differences, however, because Benson has been singing since his preteens, long before either his minifame as a serious jazz musician or his current pop stardom as a singer guitarist. And, more important, while Cole and Charles were and are thoroughly original artists, Benson remains a polished follower.

vocals on this live double album again reflect a debt to Charles and to Stevie Wonder. Benson more often sounds like an unknown soldier in that nondescript legion of black crooners who once or twice came up with a hit (like Tommy Edwards with "It's All in the Game," covered here) and were then forgotten. Anonymous carbon-copy arrangements and tepid Jorge Dalto acoustic piano inhibit "Game," "Down Here on the Ground" and "Lady Blue," but "On Broadway" works better with its meaner groove, guitar scat section and a model percussion duet from Harvey Mason and Ralph MacDonald. Nothing, however, is as obviously geared toward the charts as "The Greatest Love of All" (a black "My Way" with enough hooks for three songs), which finds Benson confidently and enthusiastically belting at a melodramatic peak.
Early Benson fans won't find much satisfaction in the six instrumentals. With session masters like MacDonald, Mason and rhythm guitarist Phil Upchurch on board, this band clearly knows how to play, but a little of that extended "What's Going On" vamp feeling, heard on almost every cut, soon becomes a lot. True, Benson recites a number of stunning guitar licks that occasionally overwhelm through sheer quantity ("Windsong"), but his playing too often sounds disconnected. "We as Love," the one song on which he relaxes and tells a musical story, finds many of the Roxy's audience engaged in conversations of their own. (RS 261)

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