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Weekend In LA

Weekend In LA

1 Mar 2009

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1978
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1978
  • Label: 143/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1978 Warner Brothers Records
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  • Total Length: 1:09:01
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  • ASIN: B002LQ24F0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,676 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Huxtable on 23 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
mr benson signed his first record deal when he was ten . yes ten years old.this live album is a magical snapshot of him when he was just about to get more commercial. the charisma that he puts into his performance on stage is something to behold. get to see him live if you can. the mood on this album is upbeat from the start. from the opener through his cover of the drifters "on broadway" and a wonderful rendition of "the greatest love of all". then the stand out track- ode to a kudu
you might never hear better jazz guitar work than this.
like i said- genius
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on 2 Dec 2007
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Benson followed "In Flight" with this live album, recorded at The Roxy in Hollywood on the 30th of September, 1st of October and 2nd of October 1977. Everyone who played on the previous album is here on this one and it's a great collection of 11 songs, again produced by Tommy LiPuma. The standout for me, is the hit "On Broadway" with its memorable beat break served up by Harvey Mason and Ralph MacDonald.

Benson's version here of "Down Here On The Ground" is another personal favourite of mine, as is "Lady Blue", and he also does a live version of "The Greatest Love Of All", the original version of which was a huge hit for Benson in 1977, off the soundtrack to the Muhammad Ali movie "The Greatest". Personally, I prefer the studio version (availble on "The George Benson Collection") but as anyone who's tried it will know, it is not an easy song to sing and Benson manages to make it sound easy.

Regarding the instrumental tracks, while still firmly aimed at the pop end of the market (I guess what we would call 'smooth jazz' today), he does manage to be a bit more adventurous on the guitar, but only a little. The title track, along with others like "California P.M.", "Windsong", "Ode To A Kudu", the funky "We All Remember Wes" (I defy anyone to sit still while listening to that one) and "We As Love" are all very interesting but nothing like what he gave us on earlier albums like "Beyond the Blue Horizon" or "Bad Benson" or even on "Breezin'".

Still, it was another platinum seller for Benson and it set him off on a path, on which he eventually abandoned all real jazz pretensions in order to achieve true commercial/pop success. I'm not sure he ever returned.

This was another nostalgia-driven vinyl to CD must-have for me. 4.5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Dec 2003
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For me, this was a great place to start exploring the genius of George Benson. It's a beautiful combination of his womderful smooth jazz guitar playing and his r&b singing. This live recording gives a lovely indication of where those two worlds overlap.
There's a lot of joy in this record too, which runs through the jazz and the hits.
Highly recommended.
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By Simon P. George on 13 April 2013
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One of the great early Benson alive albums before he got a bit too used to signing romantic songs all the time. I really love this album and recommend to anyone who likes Breezin' or Jazz guitar. In my top 10, glad to get a CD copy as old tape is wearing out!
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