George Benson – The Best Of George Benson (1995)

George Benson - The Best Of George Benson (1995)
Artist: George Benson
Album: The Best Of George Benson
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1995
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Give Me The Night 3:42
02. Love Ballad 4:15
03. This Masquerade 3:17
04. Love X Love 4:43
05. I Just Wanna Hang Around You 4:29
06. Turn Your Love Around 3:49
07. Inside Love (So Personal) 5:16
08. 20-20 4:07
09. Everything Must Change 5:49
10. Never Give Up On A Good Thing 4:04
11. Kisses In The Moonlight 4:25
12. Lady Love Me (One More Time) 3:56
13. Lady Blue 3:33
14. On Broadway 5:12

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Unlike Collection, Warner Bros.’ second George Benson compilation Best of George Benson only draws from the label’s own catalog, so by definition it is a less representative sampler. And even then, it does not give a thorough overview of Benson’s 17-year tenure at Warner Bros. Understandably for a best-of album, it concentrates on such hot-selling Benson vocal hits as “This Masquerade,” “Give Me the Night,” “Turn Your Love Around” and “On Broadway.” Yet there is not so much as a single instrumental — which borders on the criminal — nor anything from Benson’s last five Warners albums, the last three of which (Tenderly, Big Boss Band, Love Remembers) contain a good deal of his best mature work, if not any hits. For those only interested in George Benson, chartmaker, this will do. Otherwise, pass right by.
Review by Richard S. Ginell

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