Saturday, February 28, 2009

you got the love, you got the power

George Benson - The George Benson Cookbook (lala) - George Benson operates in the choicest position I can think of for an artist: straddling the fence between he mundane, either far to out-there or way to in-there. I knew him for the beyond-massive pop hits "Turn Your Love Around" and "Gimme the Night" and when I first got one of his guitar albums, I thought it was a different George Benson. Dig if you will the multilateral sonic onslaught of "Ready and Able"

Miles Davis - Miles in The Sky (lala) Check him out, providing the protein chains that construct the DNA of Miles Davis' "Paraphernalia"

Harlem Underground Band - s/t - Harlem Underground Band is possibly one of the lesser known facets of the George Benson universe. Harlem Underground Band was a psychedelic soul band Benson formed in 1976, featuring the chanted soul of Ann Winley on four extended dope-blues-soul workouts. The released one eponymous with a number of the key tracks appearing on Erotic Moods under Benson's name in 1978. Best known among the blissed-out talkin' streetdealer blues jive throughout this records is "Smokin Cheeba-Cheeba" a rolling thunderhead of stoner funk kitsch, most recently featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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