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It's Uptown/George Benson Cookbook/Beyond the Blue Horizon/Body Talk/Bad Benson

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George Benson 18//2008

Review

This is one of the most useful multi-disc packages that reissues album titles under their own sleeves. The German wing of Sony BMG has taken it upon themselves to reissue five classic album titles together in their remastered and extended versions in a single slipcase. In the United States this is done sloppily, where early versions, and not remastered versions, are slipped into boxes just to get rid of stock. This is not the case here, and in George Benson's situation in particular, it is actually quite useful. Benson recorded a couple of titles for Columbia in 1965 with John Hammond and Creed Taylor; the latter left shortly thereafter to start his CTI venture with A&M and took Benson with him. This box compiles the expanded versions of both of Benson's Columbia titles, It's Uptown and The George Benson Cookbook, with three of his early CTI dates including Beyond the Blue Horizon, Body Talk, and Bad Benson. It would have been perfect if they'd been able to sub White Rabbit in there for either of the first two CTI releases, but picking that baby up will only set you back about ten bucks anyway. These records sound great, most of them are great, and what's more, if you are smart as a consumer, you can score them online for a deeply discounted price that comes out to six or seven dollars a disc -- even including shipping, and some retailers ship free if you spend over 25 bucks or so anyway. In other words, these are cheaper than their domestic counterparts and look nicer because of higher-grade paper used in production. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Stormy Weather/Clockwise George Benson 4:29
  3. 2 Summertime George Benson 2:22
  4. 3 Ain't That Peculiar George Benson 2:53
  5. 4 Jaguar George Benson 2:53
  6. 5 Willow Weep for Me George Benson 7:45
  7. 6 A Foggy Day George Benson 2:38
  8. 7 Hello Birdie George Benson 3:58
  9. 8 Bullfight George Benson 3:44
  10. 9 Clockwise/Stormy Weather The George Benson Quartet 2:20
  11. 10 Eternally George Benson 4:2
  12. 11 Myna Bird Blues George Benson 4:34
  13. 12 J.H. Bossa Nova George Benson 3:9
  14. 13 Clockwise [Alternate Take] George Benson 4:55
  15. 14 Eternally [Short Version] George Benson 2:42
  16. 15 Sideman George Benson 4:45
  17. 16 Minor Chant George Benson 3:21
  18. 1 The Cooker George Benson 4:15
  19. 2 Benny's Back George Benson 4:9
  20. 3 Bossa Rocka George Benson 4:21
  21. 4 All of Me George Benson 2:7
  22. 5 Big Fat Lady George Benson 4:41
  23. 6 Benson's Rider George Benson 5:34
  24. 7 Ready and Able George Benson 3:31
  25. 8 The Borgia Stick George Benson 3:5
  26. 9 Return of the Prodigal Son George Benson 2:34
  27. 10 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid George Benson 6:33
  28. 11 The Man from Toledo George Benson 2:8
  29. 12 Slow Scene George Benson 3:11
  30. 13 Let Them Talk George Benson 2:51
  31. 14 Goodnight George Benson 2:19
  32. 1 So What George Benson 9:16
  33. 2 The Gentle Rain George Benson 8:59
  34. 3 All Clear George Benson 5:26
  35. 4 Ode to a Kudu George Benson 3:45
  36. 5 Somewhere in the East George Benson 6:11
  37. 6 All Clear [Alternate Take][Take] George Benson 5:45
  38. 7 Ode to a Kudu [Alternate Take] George Benson 4:37
  39. 8 Somewhere in the East [Take][Alternate Take] George Benson 9:45
  40. 1 Dance George Benson 8:15
  41. 2 Where Love Has Gone George Benson 5:3
  42. 3 Plum George Benson 5:8
  43. 4 Body Talk George Benson 8:19
  44. 5 Top of the World George Benson 9:38
  45. 6 Body Talk [Alternate Take][New Mix] George Benson 9:20
  46. 1 Take Five George Benson 7:3
  47. 2 Summer Wishes/Winter Dreams George Benson 2:55
  48. 3 My Latin Brother George Benson 6:45
  49. 4 No Sooner Said Than Done George Benson 5:56
  50. 5 Full Compass George Benson 5:39
  51. 6 The Changing World George Benson 4:52
  52. 7 Take the "A" Train George Benson 4:12
  53. 8 Serbian Blue George Benson 13:0
  54. 9 From Now On George Benson 2:19

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