George Benson – The Ultimate Collection (2015)

George Benson - The Ultimate Collection (2015)
Artist: George Benson
Album: The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2015
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
CD 1:
Give me the night (5:04)
Lady love me (one more time) (4:01)
Never give up on a good thing (4:05)
Love x Love (4:45)
Love ballad (5:14)
Nature boy (4:22)
This masquerade (3:18)
On broadway (live) (5:17)
White rabbit (6:58)
Breezin’ (5:39)
Welcome into my world (4:08)
What’s on your mind (4:03)
Mimosa – with Jimmy Smith (5:49)
Off Broadway (5:25)
Gonna love you more (3:21)
Unchained Melody (3:53)
The Greatest Love of all (3:32)

CD 2:
Turn your love around (3:50)
In your eyes (3:21)
Shiver (3:33)
Inside love (so personal) (4:14)
20-20 (4:07)
Love all the hurt away – with Areatha Franklin (4:06)
Feel like making love (4:23)
Let’s do it again (3:39)
The one for me (3:49)
Kisses in the moonlight (3:54)
Love will come again (6:29)
Nothing’s gonna change my love for you (4:02)
Being with you (3:54)
Moody’s Mood (3:27)
God bles this child -George Benson and Al Jarreau (3:40)
I only have eyes for you -feat. The Count Basie Orchestra (2:55)
Beyond the sea (la mer) (4:10)
When I fall in love -feat Indina Menzel (4:00)
When love comes calling (6:25)

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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.
Review by Andy Kellman