George Benson – Weekend In L.A. (1978): Review

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Produced by Tommy LiPuma
Label – Warner Bros

This album, recorded live at The Roxy in West Hollywood would mark the final transition before the global superstardom that came with his next release “Give Me The Night”. Essentially a collection of back catalogue and covers, they form the staple of Benson’s live performances delivered in his inimitable jazz funk style. George’s Guitar playing is outstanding throughout and his backing band sound tight without sounding too rigid to be able to adapt to the easy delivery which is associated with both studio and live Benson performances.

The standout tracks from this double album are the title track “Weekend In L.A.”, “Down Here On The Ground”, and “On Broadway”, but on continuous listening the album tends to sound like Cocktail Bar chug a long and denies George Benson’s title as a jazz funk great, which at times he most definitely is. His sickly sweet cover of “The Greatest Love Of All” would be a signal of things to come. Not a classic, but worth buying just to hear a great guitarist performing at his peak.

7/10

Track Listing
1.”Weekend in L.A.”
2.”On Broadway” (Jerry Leiber, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller, Cynthia Weil)
3.”Down Here on the Ground” (Lalo Schifrin, Gale Garnett)
4.”California P. M.”
5.”The Greatest Love of All” (Linda Creed, Michael Masser)
6.”It’s All in the Game” (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman)
7.”Windsong”
8.”Ode to a Kudu”
9.”Lady Blue” (Leon Russell)
10.”We All Remember Wes” (Stevie Wonder)
11.”We As Love”

Weekend In L.A.

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