It's Uptown/George Benson Cookbook/Beyond the Blue Horizon/Body Talk/Bad Benson

It's Uptown/George Benson Cookbook/Beyond the Blue Horizon/Body Talk/Bad Benson

by George Benson George Benson

CD(German Import)



This is one of the most useful multi-disc packages that reissues album titles under their own sleeves. The German wing of Sony BMG has taken it upon themselves to reissue five classic album titles together in their remastered and extended versions in a single slipcase. In the United States this is done sloppily, where early versions, and not remastered versions, are slipped into boxes just to get rid of stock. This is not the case here, and in George Benson's situation in particular, it is actually quite useful. Benson recorded a couple of titles for Columbia in 1965 with John Hammond and Creed Taylor; the latter left shortly thereafter to start his CTI venture with A&M and took Benson with him. This box compiles the expanded versions of both of Benson's Columbia titles, It's Uptown and The George Benson Cookbook, with three of his early CTI dates including Beyond the Blue Horizon, Body Talk, and Bad Benson. It would have been perfect if they'd been able to sub White Rabbit in there for either of the first two CTI releases, but picking that baby up will only set you back about ten bucks anyway. These records sound great, most of them are great, and what's more, if you are smart as a consumer, you can score them online for a deeply discounted price that comes out to six or seven dollars a disc -- even including shipping, and some retailers ship free if you spend over 25 bucks or so anyway. In other words, these are cheaper than their domestic counterparts and look nicer because of higher-grade paper used in production.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
UPC: 0886971455229
catalogNumber: 714552
Rank: 52967


Disc 1

  1. Stormy Weather/Clockwise
  2. Summertime
  3. Ain't That Peculiar
  4. Jaguar
  5. Willow Weep for Me
  6. A Foggy Day
  7. Hello Birdie
  8. Bullfight
  9. Clockwise/Stormy Weather
  10. Eternally
  11. Myna Bird Blues
  12. J.H. Bossa Nova
  13. Clockwise
  14. Eternally
  15. Sideman
  16. Minor Chant

Disc 2

  1. The Cooker
  2. Benny's Back
  3. Bossa Rocka
  4. All of Me
  5. Big Fat Lady
  6. Benson's Rider
  7. Ready and Able
  8. The Borgia Stick
  9. Return of the Prodigal Son
  10. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
  11. The Man from Toledo
  12. Slow Scene
  13. Let Them Talk
  14. Goodnight

Disc 3

  1. So What
  2. The Gentle Rain
  3. All Clear
  4. Ode to a Kudu
  5. Somewhere in the East
  6. All Clear
  7. Ode to a Kudu
  8. Somewhere in the East

Disc 4

  1. Dance
  2. Where Love Has Gone
  3. Plum
  4. Body Talk
  5. Top of the World
  6. Body Talk

Disc 5

  1. Take Five
  2. Summer Wishes/Winter Dreams
  3. My Latin Brother
  4. No Sooner Said Than Done
  5. Full Compass
  6. The Changing World
  7. Take the "A" Train
  8. Serbian Blue
  9. From Now On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn
Ronnie Cuber   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Earl Klugh   Guitar
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Warren Covington   Trombone
Phil Upchurch   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass
Pee Wee Ellis   Conductor
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Seymour Barab   Cello
Kenny Barron   Piano
Raymond Beckenstein   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn
Marion Booker   Drums
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Michael Cameron   Percussion
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Steve Gadd   Drums
Gary King   Bass
Jesse Levy   Cello
Jimmy Lovelace   Drums
Ray Lucas   Drums
Harold Mabern   Electric Piano
Charles McCracken   Cello
Albert Nicholson   Percussion
Clarence Palmer   Organ
Charlie Persip   Drums
Waymon Reed   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Margaret Ross   Harp
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Lonnie Smith   Organ
Albert Winston   Bass
Paul Tobias   Cello
Frank Levy   Cello
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Alan Schulman   Celeste
Jim Buffington   French Horn

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Sandy Speiser   Cover Photo
Gordon Barnes   Liner Notes
John F. Hammond   Producer

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