THIS ITEM IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. WE ANTICIPATE HAVING THIS ITEM IN AGAIN SHORTLY.
1976 was an incredible year for George Benson. Already a jazz veteran since the early 60’s, the stars just seem to line up perfectly with his masterwork number one pop, soul, and jazz chart album Breezin’. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and orchestrated by Claus Ogerman, George Benson and a handful of soulful musicians singlehandedly created the very first platinum album in jazz music. Cohesively picking some of the classiest tunes of all time, George started things off with Bobby Womack’s soulful groover and title track Breezin’. With Benson’s skillful octave riffing and his natural guitar prowess complemented by a masterful band and orchestra, it truly ushered in an avalanche of success for this legendary musician. The popular instrumental would go on to win a Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1976! But lightning continued to strike as George’s love of rock music is highlighted in the album as he dives into the Leon Russell songbook and creates his own funk masterpiece with This Masquerade. The top charting tune was unstoppable as it was played on every format of radio imaginable. Featuring his soulful vocals for the first time for many of his fans, it also brought the artist even more acclaim as it won another Grammy for Song Of The Year! Whether jazz, pop, soul, rock, adult contemporary, George Benson’s Breezin’ album was a crowd pleaser. With his own classics like So This Is Love?, his brilliant interpretation of Jose Feliciano’s Affirmation, and Phil Upchurch’s rockin’ soul jam Six To Four, it all helped him grab another Grammy for Best Engineered Album too, making this one amazing career achievement for the man. It is now with much anticipation and honor to announce the George Benson/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series as we begin with our first installment with his monumental jazz and pop classic Breezin’. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original Warner Bros. tapes at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at RTI, the Breezin’ album is truly one of the most important audiophile vinyl releases of this year. To celebrate this once in a lifetime classic and to make this a more enjoyable limited edition happening, we are also including the original album cover graphics from this groundbreaking 1976 release. Happy Birthday to you Mr. Benson... and to your amazing masterpiece Breezin’... For the First Time on pristine 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl... a true jazz classic... only from your friends at Friday Music. The World Is A Masquerade!