Benson Masquerade

George Benson - Masquerade (1973)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at Dec. 23, 2016
George Benson - Masquerade (1973)

George Benson - Masquerade (1973)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 47 min | 117 MB
Label: Magnum | Rel:1973

George Benson displays virtuosity on guitar and vocals on four powerful traditional jazz tracks. The CD kicks off with a compelling version of "Love for Sale," a straight jazz dynamo featuring long solos and a torrid tempo. A laid-back rendition of "The Masquerade Is Over" (not to be confused with his later pop hit "This Masquerade") features, as the other three songs do, a long, tantalizing guitar solo from Benson. "There Will Never Be Another You" is a ferocious swing piece propelled by Benson's lightning-fast fingering. "All Blues" closes the CD on a dark, moody note; its highlights are a fluid standup bass player and a slow-rolling tempo punctuated by sharp drum kicks and timely snare and brush play. Purists who dismissed Benson's commercial recordings will find a place in their CD cabinet for this masterpiece. No frills, just fiery jazz at its best. Originally released in 1973.
George Benson - The George Benson Collection (U.S. pressing) (1981) {Warner Bros.}

George Benson - The George Benson Collection (U.S. pressing) (1981) {Warner Bros.}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 422 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 166 mb
Genre: jazz, vocal jazz

The George Benson Collection is the 1981 compilation album by American jazz guitarist and singer George Benson. When released on CD, it omitted a song from the vinyl and cassette pressing, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" as compact discs were unable to hold any more than 74 minutes at the time. It could fit now but it's not here. Thank you.

George Benson - George Benson (1973)  Music

Posted by popsakov at Nov. 8, 2016
George Benson - George Benson (1973)

George Benson - George Benson (1973)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 283 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 114 Mb
Scans (PNG, 300 dpi) ~ 46 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Fusion | Signal #SIGNAL 50645

Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician, whose adept skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger…

George Benson - The Best Of George Benson (1995)  Music

Posted by v3122 at Oct. 19, 2016
George Benson - The Best Of George Benson (1995)

George Benson - The Best Of George Benson (1995)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Warner Bros., 9362-46050-2 | ~ 375 or 138 Mb | Scans(png) -> 65 Mb
Jazz-funk, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop

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…

George Benson - Breezin' (1976)  Music

Posted by JET 1 at Aug. 22, 2016
George Benson - Breezin' (1976)

George Benson - Breezin' (1976)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 279 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Soul / Jazz | Label: Warner Bros | Catalog Number: 7599-27334-2

All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. Most of Breezin' is a softer-focused variation of Benson's R&B/jazz-flavored CTI work, his guitar as assured and fluid as ever with Claus Ogerman providing the suave orchestral backdrops and his crack then-working band (including Ronnie Foster on keyboards and sparkplug Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar) pumping up the funk element. Yet it is the sole vocal track (his first in many years), Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" – where George unveiled his new trademark, scatting along with a single-string guitar solo – that reached number ten on the pop singles chart and drove the album all the way to number one on the pop (!) LP chart. The attractive title track also became a minor hit single, although Gabor Szabo's 1971 recording with composer Bobby Womack is even more fetching. In the greater scheme of Benson's career, Breezin' is really not so much a breakthrough as it is a transition album; the guitar is still the core of his identity.

George Benson - Original Album Series (2009) Repost  Music

Posted by v3122 at March 10, 2016
George Benson - Original Album Series (2009) Repost

George Benson - Original Album Series (2009)
EAC | MP3 CBR 320Kbps
5CD | Warner Bros./Rhino Records, 8122 79836 5 | ~ 556 Mb | Scans(png) -> 268 Mb
Jazz-funk, Fusion, Smooth Jazz

This particular Original Album Classics release contains five albums issued by George Benson through the Warner Bros. label: Breezin' (1976), Weekend in L.A. (1977), Give Me the Night (1980), Tenderly (1989), and Big Boss Band (1990). This is a rather arbitrary assortment; Benson made several other significant albums during the span covered here, and the stylistic differences between the earliest and latest sets are stark…

George Benson - Witchcraft (1989)  Music

Posted by uff at Jan. 18, 2016
George Benson - Witchcraft (1989)

George Benson - Witchcraft (1989)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Creative Sounds, SSI 801 | rec: 1973; rel: 1990 | 430Mb

Witchcraft and/or All Blues are stereo recorded live in a small venue with a very quiet (for the most part respectfully silent with occasionally light applause for solos) audience. Recorded at the Casa Caribe Club, Plainfield, NJ, in April 1973, these recordings which made several off brand label releases (The Jazz Hour, Prestige, Bianco), were mainly released in Europe and were never a part of George Benson’s “official” catalogue discography, making them something close to but not quite bootleg albums. They are easiest to find in Used record/CD stores or in jazz music stores.
U-Nam - Weekend In L.A. [A Tribute To George Benson] (2012) {SkyTown}

U-Nam - Weekend In L.A. [A Tribute To George Benson] (2012) {SkyTown}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 603MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

U-Nam makes one goal of Weekend in L.A.: A Tribute to George Benson clear: He wants to pay honor to the guitarist who served as a major musical influence. However, because U-Nam himself is an innovator steeped in R&B and hip-hop along with jazz, he is not content to make the kind of record that Benson might have dropped in 1980. U-Nam incorporates those genres into this work in the same manner that Benson moved further along the jazz-pop road that Wes Montgomery was starting down prior to his untimely death in 1968.

George Benson - Original Album Series {2009) [5CDs] {Rhino}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Nov. 9, 2015
George Benson - Original Album Series {2009) [5CDs] {Rhino}

George Benson - Original Album Series {2009) [5CDs] {Rhino}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC Image | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 1.44GB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Smooth Jazz, Big Band

This particular Origina Album Classics release contains five albums issued by George Benson through the Warner Bros. label: Breezin' (1976), Weekend in L.A. (1977), Give Me the Night (1980), Tenderly (1989), and Big Boss Band (1990). This is a rather arbitrary assortment; Benson made several other significant albums during the span covered here, and the stylistic differences between the earliest and latest sets are stark.

George Benson - The Ultimate Collection (2015) [2CD] {Rhino}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at April 3, 2015
George Benson - The Ultimate Collection (2015) [2CD] {Rhino}

George Benson - The Ultimate Collection (2015) [2CD] {Rhino}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (image)+CUE+LOG -> 1.02 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 375 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 129 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2015 Rhino / Warner | 081227955014
Jazz / Contemporary R&B / Mainstream Jazz / Crossover Jazz / Quiet Storm / Soul Jazz

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.