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The careers of George Benson and his musical inspiration Nat King Cole share a similar arc, both establishing themselves first as highly respected instrumentalists before skyrocketing to crossover success once they began sharing their unforgettable voices with the world. Better known as a jazz pianist first, Nat King Cole’s major breakthrough came in 1943 when he added his melting ... Read more in Amazon's George Benson Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ims Import
  • ASIN: B0000E39MU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

George Benson first came to prominence in the 60s as a powerhouse jazz guitarist. As time progressed, he flavoured his work with pop, rock and blues influences. The culmination was 1976's Breezin, the first ever jazz album to go platinum.

Tracks like "Give Me the Night" (1983), took him further into the pop mainstream before he moved back towards jazz classics in the 90s. Now, with little in the way of warning, he's released Irreplaceable,an R&B album aimed at his grandchildren's generation.

The rationale may start to make sense if you bear in mind that Benson has always felt most comfortable making music thatpeoplecan connect with. Add the artist's enthusiasm for exploring his medium, regardless of boundaries, and you can just about see where he's coming from.

The other major player here is producer and songwriter Joshua Thompson - a man notable for success with the likes of Alicia Keys and Tyrese. An outstanding guitarist in his own right, Thompson obviously spotted the potential of George's jazz licks within the R&B idiom.

Heavy on vocal harmonies and with ultra clean computer percussion, this album is absolutely urban. The first track, "Cell Phone", a mid-tempo duet with Andrea Simmons,is pleasant, if unremarkable. The second, "Whole Man" further explores the mobile phone theme with its tale of a guy who had fifty ladies on Auto-Dial only to realise he wanted just one. Old style Benson fans spot the problem...?

Reflecting the way your target audience chooses to communicate is one thing but there's no way, these days at least, that George can convince me he's a gigolo. Learning to programme his Auto-Dial, frankly, requires a stretch of the imagination.

By the time we get to the title track, which finds Benson's heart "bangin like an 808", it's all starting to sound a bit daft. Thompson has laced this album liberally with the artist's exceptional guitar playing and that works. However, if the songwriting serves the musician, it singularly fails to understand the man. The result is slick and pretty but shockingly bereft of genuine expression. --Andrew McGregor

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Mahoney on 3 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, Mr.Benson seems to have aimed this new album at a newer, more 'hip' crowd, with it's slick R'n'B production and cheeseball lyrics. It's definitely not for anyone who loves the more old school funk grooves of 'the world is a ghetto' and George's superb scat/guitar playing. Believe me, I'm one of his biggest fans, I don't think there's a better jazz guitarist around, but I was soooooo dissapointed with this album. He doesn't even play guitar on most of the tunes. And I was so looking forward to listening to it. He's still the man, but this album? Steer clear. Sorry George...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DaPhox on 21 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is GRP's worst album ever! Well, it can only go up for GB & GRP from here. How this CD came about is the million dollar question?
The *hrm* "producer" is the highly incompetent Joshua Thompson, one of the worst R&B producers....ever! (Joe anyone?). The whole album is totally infantile & I haven't even mentioned the lyrics!?:
"ooh, baby girl, yeah yeah, let me check my cell phone, ooh hangin' in my hood, rollin' to the crib, now whadda I'm sayyin', GB kommin atcha, yada yada".
Now, I don't want to blame the producer for this mess, I believe the exec's would have had a say in this also...& GB himself of course.
On a positive note, there are a couple of 2nds in "Sixplay"'s chorus that are OK, other than that...?
For those of you thinking this is good R&B, well you've got some reading up 2 do. Who could've produced this kind of project a 100 times better? Well, George Duke, Jamey Jaz, Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, Lee Ritenour...a couple of 100 people more including myself. Promise ;)
If you're looking for jazz or r&b, almost any album out there is better than this one. Really!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Stanbridge on 1 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
While the individual songs in this LP are lovingly produced and George sounds like he is at his peak vocally, I was very disappointed to find his guitar work completely absent.
I was surprised to find that the American edition of this LP has three wonderful guitar instrumental tracks replacing three vocal tracks from the UK edition.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of George's guitar playing, be ready for a surprise as George takes a radical turn away from his traditional roots, and seeks a more modern feel to his new album.
George has traditionally stuck with producers known for their jazz prowess, like Creed Taylor, Quincy Jones, Tommy Li Puma and more recently 'Bluey' Maunick of Incognito fame.
This time he's brought in Joshua Thompson, a protege of Rodney Jerkins and the result is that the orchestrations and heavy sound of previous recordings is gone, replaced by the modern acoustic guitar playing over a heavily computer generated sound, that is so common in modern day r&b music.
Gone are the flowing vocals replaced by heavily clipped lines and a heavy reliance on backing vocals.
However you have to give the man credit for trying to stay in with the modern tastes of the younger cd buyers who determine what is a success in the current market.
If you want to hear just how radical the change is on this album, by all means purchase it, but don't expect to hear tracks like, 'Turn your love around,' or 'In your eyes,' here.
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Can't believe some of these review unbelivable. Okay here is my view, I am not so keen on george benson jazz more on his soulful voice, fantastic vocals. It's really nice to hear he's followed up here with another great album after Twice The Love ablum which is also amazing. The man is back lay back & chill this album is fantastic if you like soul you'll love this guy's best 4 along time.
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By Jeffrey Durrant on 20 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I am disappointed with the basis of the negative reviews that this album has generated. I have been in a band, I love dancing, I love Jazz, funk, R n B and I have listened to Mr George Benson is all his guises. Why should a musician act his age if he feels it and can do it he should do it. I for one love the album. As for lyrics some of the American song book that the more traditionalist among you may prefer may not bare close scrutiny either.
I believe he wanted draw a younger generation to him as he did me when I was younger and it is because of artist like him that I can listen to Jazz, Classical, indie, folk, and all kinds of music.
Sometimes the artist is just less limited than the listener and some time you need to kick of your shoes and dance!
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This is a total change of direction for Benson as he teams up with various backing vocalists and cameo vocalists for what amounts to a collection of songs that segue into each other.

I couldn't help thinking Southampton's own Craig David could be popping up anytime on this CD to help out and drive it forward more.

"Six Play" and "Whole Man" are good but the best is "Loving is Better than Leaving". The rest just don't work for me.

Sorry George but this one is really not as cool as intended.
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