George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014] MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD/DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:34 minutes | Scans included | 3,21 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 38:45 minutes | Full Scans included | 724 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 185

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.


01. Breezin’
02. This Masquerade
03. Six To Four
04. Affirmation
05. So This Is Love
06. Lady

George Benson – guitar, vocals
onnie Foster – electric piano, Moog synthesizer
Jorge Dalto – piano, clavinet
Phil Upchurch – rhythm guitar
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Stanley Banks – bass
Harvey Mason – drums

Stereo Master for this SACD by: Steve Hoffman at Stephan Marsh Mastering
5.1 Surround Sound Master for this SACD by: Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab
5.1 Surround Sound Mix by: Al Schmitt



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