George Benson’s ‘Shape of Things to Come’

George Benson‘s ‘Shape of Things to Come’ is a studio album (his first to be produced by Creed Taylor) recorded on August 27 & October 22, 1968 and released in 1969 by A&M.

Track Listing : 1.Footin’ It (George Benson, Don Sebesky) – 04:23 . 2.Face It Boy, It’S Over (Andy Badale, Frank Stanton) – 04:05 . 3.Shape Of Things To Come (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 05:15 . 4.Chattanooga Choo Choo (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 03:34 . 5.Don’T Let Me Lose This Dream (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 04:42 . 6.Shape Of Things That Are And Were (George Benson) – 05:48 . 7.Last Train To Clarksville (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) – 05:32

Musicians : George Benson – Guitar, Vocals . Ron Carter – Bass . Richard Davis – Bass . Herbie Hancock – Piano . Hank Jones – Piano . Idris Muhammad – Drums . Dave Mankovitz – Viola . George Marge – Flute, Cello . Romeo Penque – Flute, Cello . Alan Raph – Trombone, Sound Effects, Trombone (Valve), Tuba . George Ricci – Cello . Stanley Webb – Flute . Joe Shepley – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Wayne Andre – Trombone, Sax (Baritone) . Burt Collins – Trumpet . Charles Covington – Organ . Don Sebesky – Conductor . Bernard Eichen – Violin . Jack Jennings – Percussion, Vibraphone . Charles Libove – Violin . Buddy Lucas – Harmonica, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone, Harmonica (Amplified) . Johnny Pacheco – Percussion, Conga . Marvin Stamm – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Ellen Fitton – Mastering . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Sam Antupit – Design . Ira Gitler – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction . Pete Turner – Photography . Isabelle Wong – Design

Recorded On August 27 – October 22, 1968.

Released 1969 By A&M.

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Shape of Things to Come is the true signal of Benson’s arrival, not only as a major soloist, but as an artist who refuses to be pinned down four decades later. He’s a pop star, a genius guitarist, a singer, a songwriterand even now his own man. […]
What makes all this dazzle most amazing for me, though, is that it is so controlled and tempered by a spirit of extreme musicality. It never actually sounds like he’s showing off. […]

Chattanooga Choo Choo starts off with a drum break before going into a Jazz song that sounds very similar to Footin It. Shape Of Things That Are And Were begins with an open bass line that could be looped up. […]


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