The Other Side of Abbey Road

The Other Side of Abbey Road

by George BensonGeorge Benson


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Just three weeks after the U.S. release of the Beatles' swan song, Abbey Road, Creed Taylor ushered George Benson into the studio to begin a remarkably successful pop-jazz translation of the record (complete with a parody of the famous cover, showing Benson with guitar crossing an Eastern urban street). It is a lyrical album, with a hint of the mystery and a lot of the cohesive concept of the Beatles' original despite the scrambled order of the tunes. Benson is given some room to stretch out on guitar, sometimes in a bluesy groove, and there are more samples of his honeyed vocals than ever before (oddly, his voice would not be heard again by record-buyers until he signed with Warner Bros.). Don Sebesky's arrangements roam freely from baroque strings to a full-throated big band, and Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, and Hubert Laws get some worthy solo space. Yet for all its diversity, the record fits together as a whole more tightly than any other George Benson project, thanks to his versatile talents and the miraculous overarching unity of the Beatles' songs. One wonders if the Fab Four liked it, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/1998
Label: A&M
UPC: 0082839302821
catalogNumber: 3028
Rank: 72132

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Drums
Phil Bodner   Flute,Oboe,Multiple Reeds
Ron Carter   Bass
Sonny Fortune   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Bob James   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Hubert Laws   Flute,Multiple Reeds
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mel Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Euphonium
Bernie Glow   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy González   Percussion
Guildhall String Ensemble   Strings
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
George Ricci   Cello
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Emanuel Vardi   Cello,Viola
Andy Gonzales   Percussion
Donald Ashworth   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Multiple Reeds

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Eric Meola   Cover Photo

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