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George Benson (Guitar): Ultimate Collection [Deluxe Edition]

Track List

>Give Me the Night [Long Version]
>Lady Love Me (One More Time)
>Never Give Up On a Good Thing
>Love X Love
>Love Ballad
>Nature Boy [Single Version]
>This Masquerade [Single Version]
>On Broadway
>White Rabbit
>Welcome To My World
>What's On Your Mind
>Mimosa - (featuring Jimmy Smith)
>Off Broadway
>Gonna Love You More [Single Version]
>Unchained Melody [Single Version]
>Greatest Love of All [Single Version], The
>Turn Your Love Around
>In Your Eyes
>Shiver [Single Version]
>Inside Love (So Personal) [Single Version]
>Love All the Hurt Away - (featuring Aretha Franklin)
>Feel Like Making Love
>Let's Do It Again [Single Version]
>One For Me, The
>Kisses In the Moonlight [Single Version]
>Love Will Come Again [Long Album Version] - (featuring Chaka Khan)
>Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
>Being With You
>Moody's Mood - (featuring Patti Austin)
>God Bless the Child - (featuring Jill Scott/Al Jarreau)
>I Only Have Eyes For You - (featuring Count Basie Orchestra)
>Beyond the Sea [La Mer]
>When I Fall In Love - (featuring Idina Menzel)
>When Love Comes Calling

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Christian John Wikane.

The Ultimate Collection is quite different from the two-disc George Benson overviews that preceded it, including The George Benson Anthology. Like that 2000-released set, this one was also issued through Rhino, though there are only 17 tracks of overlap. The Ultimate Collection has even less in common with Legacy's The Essential George Benson (2006), which naturally favors Benson's Columbia and CTI output. The heart here is 1976-1983, an era during which Benson recorded for Warner and was regularly listed in the Top Ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart. All of those tremendous major hits are here, as are some less popular but solid A-sides and deeper cuts from that period. Only one selection, "White Rabbit," predates the 1976 commercial breakthrough "Breezin'," while several of Benson's varied albums from 20/20 through Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, released on Warner, GRP, and Concord, among other labels, are represented in some form. The smart selections, along with the liner notes, make for a fine representation of Benson's career from the late '70s through 2013. ~ Andy Kellman


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