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Give Me the Night

George Benson

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This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. On "Moody's Mood," Benson really exercises his vocalese chops and proves that he is technically as fluid as just about any jazz vocalist, and he become a credible rival to Al Jarreau on the joyous title track. Benson's guitar now plays a subsidiary role -- only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals -- but Q has him play terrific fills behind the vocals and in the gaps, and the engineering gives his tone a variety of striking, new, full-sounding timbres. The instrumentals themselves are marvelous: "Off Broadway" is driving and danceable, and Ivan Lins' "Dinorah, Dinorah" grows increasingly seductive with each play. Benson should have worked with Jones from this point on, but this would be their only album together.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
Love X Love Album Version
00:04:46

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Background Vocals - Rod Temperton, Writer - Quincy Jones, Producer - Diva Gray, Background Vocals - Jocelyn Brown, Background Vocals - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jim Gilstrap, Background Vocals - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - TOM BAHLER, Background Vocals - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer - Louis Johnson , Bass Guitar

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

2
Off Broadway Album Version
00:05:26

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - John Robinson, Bass Guitar - Rod Temperton, Writer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar - George Benson, Guitar, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer - Louis Johnson , Bass Guitar

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

3
Moody's Mood Album Version
00:03:24

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Additional Vocals - MARTY PAICH, Conductor - Quincy Jones, Producer - Dorothy Fields, Writer - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - Jimmy McHugh, Writer - James Moody, Writer - Eddie Jefferson, Writer - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

4
Give Me the Night
00:05:01

Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Background Vocals - Rod Temperton, Writer - Richard Tee, Synth Bass - Michael Boddicker, Synthesizer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar - Diva Gray, Background Vocals - Jocelyn Brown, Background Vocals - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jim Gilstrap, Background Vocals - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - TOM BAHLER, Background Vocals - HERBIE HANCOCK, Electric Piano - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

5
What's on Your Mind Album Version
00:04:04

Kerry Chater, Writer - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - GLEN BALLARD, Writer - John Robinson, Drums - Richard Tee, Electric Piano - Michael Boddicker, Synthesizer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

6
Dinorah, Dinorah Album Version
00:03:43

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes Piano - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Background Vocals - Quincy Jones, Producer - George Benson, Ad Libs Vocals, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - HERBIE HANCOCK, Synthesizer Programmer, Synthesizer - IVAN LINS, Writer - VITOR MARTINS, Writer - Claire Fischer, Additional Piano, Fender Rhodes Piano, Synthesizer - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer - Louis Johnson , Bass Guitar

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

7
Love Dance Album Version
00:03:18

Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Gilson Peranzzetta, Writer - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - Carlos Vega, Drums - Patti Austin, Vocals - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Acoustic Guitar - George Benson, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - HERBIE HANCOCK, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Paul Williams, Writer - IVAN LINS, Writer - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Qwest Records

8
Star of a Story LP Version
00:04:42

Rodney Temperton, Writer - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Backing Vocals - Richard Tee, Synthesizer - MARTY PAICH, Conductor - Michael Boddicker, Synthesizer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar - Diva Gray, Backing Vocals - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jim Gilstrap, Backing Vocals - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - TOM BAHLER, Backing Vocals - HERBIE HANCOCK, Keyboards, Electric Piano - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer - Jocelyn Allen, Backing Vocals

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

9
Midnight Love Affair LP Version
00:03:34

Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Carlos Vega, Drums - Richard Tee, Synthesizer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Guitar - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Kim Hutchcroft, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY WILLIAMS, Flute, Saxophone - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - HERBIE HANCOCK, Synthesizer - George Duke, Keyboards - David Wolinski, Writer - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1976 Warner Records Inc.

10
Turn out the Lamplight LP Version
00:04:44

Greg Phillinganes, Keyboards - Bruce Swedien, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - John Robinson, Drums - Patti Austin, Backing Vocals - Rod Temperton, Writer - Richard Tee, Synthesizer - Quincy Jones, Producer - LEE RITENOUR, Electric Guitar - George Benson, Guitar, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Kent Duncan, Mastering Engineer - Mark Sackett, Assistant Engineer - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Sheridan Eldridge, Assistant Engineer - Sid Sharp, Concert Master Conductor - TOM BAHLER, Backing Vocals - Ralph Osborn, Assistant Engineer - Louis Johnson , Bass Guitar

© 1980 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use. On "Moody's Mood," Benson really exercises his vocalese chops and proves that he is technically as fluid as just about any jazz vocalist, and he become a credible rival to Al Jarreau on the joyous title track. Benson's guitar now plays a subsidiary role -- only two of the ten tracks are instrumentals -- but Q has him play terrific fills behind the vocals and in the gaps, and the engineering gives his tone a variety of striking, new, full-sounding timbres. The instrumentals themselves are marvelous: "Off Broadway" is driving and danceable, and Ivan Lins' "Dinorah, Dinorah" grows increasingly seductive with each play. Benson should have worked with Jones from this point on, but this would be their only album together.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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