1986 George Benson – While the City Sleeps…

While the City Sleeps… is the 1986 studio album by George Benson on Warner Bros.. It features musicians like Paulinho da Costa, Preston Glass, Paul Jackson, Jr., Marcus Miller and Narada Michael Walden (as drummer and producer), alongside young talents of the time like Kenny G, Randy Jackson and Kashif. It’s part of the “series” of 1980s pop albums Benson recorded. Though it doesn’t have any instrumental tracks, Benson’s guitar playing is somewhat in the headlight in songs like “Love Is Here Tonight”, “Teaser” and “Too Many Times”. Beside being the most successful single, “Kisses in the Moonlight” is still frequently played by Benson at live performances and is present on many of his compilation albums (The Best of George Benson, The George Benson Anthology, The Essential Selection, etc.) On the B-side of the “Kisses in the Moonlight” single – alongside “Breezin'” (Special Mix) on the 12″ version – is the instrumental song “Open Your Eyes” (George Benson/Ronnie Foster) (producer: Tommy LiPuma, engineer: Eric Calvi) which is not available elsewhere.

Tracks

1  While The City Sleeps (David Innis, Sam Lorber) 3:35
Kisses In The Moonlight (Jeffrey Cohen, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden) 4:26
Shiver (Preston Glass, Suzanne Valentine, Narada Michael Walden) 5:23
4  Love Is Here Tonight (George Benson, Jeffrey Cohen) 5:45
Teaser (Jeffrey Cohen, David Jenkins, Cory Lerios, Narada Michael Walden) 4:41
6  Secrets In The Night (Kashif, Greg Phillinganes) 5:54
7  Too Many Times (Walter Afanasieff, Preston Glass) 4:40
8  Did You Hear Thunder (Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow) 3:44

Musicians

1 While The City Sleeps

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxKenny G.
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
Background VocalsJaney Clewer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
VocalsGeorge Benson


2 Kisses In The Moonlight

Drums (programming)Narada Michael Walden
GuitarGeorge Benson
SynthesizerFrank Martin
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
VocalsGeorge Benson


3 Shiver

Bass (synthesizer)Preston Glass
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
Drums (programming)Preston Glass
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarAlan Glass
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
KeyboardsPreston Glass
StringsPreston Glass
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsJennifer Hall
VocalsGeorge Benson

 

4 Love Is Here Tonight

BassRandy Jackson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsPreston Glass
ProgrammingPreston Glass
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
Background VocalsJennifer Hall
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
VocalsGeorge Benson


5 Teaser

Bass (synthesizer)Cory Lerios
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
GuitarDavid Jenkins
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
KeyboardsCory Lerios
SynthesizerSterling Smith
Background VocalsBud Cockrell
Background VocalsCarolyn Hedrich
Background VocalsDavid Jenkins


6 Secrets In The Night

DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarPaul Pesco
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsKashif
ProgrammingJohn Dranchak
ProgrammingLarry Smith
Background VocalsAudrey Wheeler
Background VocalsCindy Mizelle
VocalsGeorge Benson


7 Too Many Times

DrumsGigi Gonaway
Drums (programming)Narada Michael Walden
GuitarChris Camozzi
SynthesizerRandy Jackson
SynthesizerWalter Afanasieff
ProgrammingPreston Glass
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
Background VocalsJennifer Hall
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven


8 Did You Hear Thunder

Bass (synthesizer)Robbie Buchanan
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarGeorge Benson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
VocalsGeorge Benson
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJaney Clewer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJohn Lehman
SaxKenny G.

Liner Notes

Producer – Robbie Buchanan, Tommy LiPuma (Tracks 1, 8)
Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Producer (Associate) – Preston Glass
Arranged By – Robbie Buchanan (Tracks 1, 8)
Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Greg Phillinganes, Kashif
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 2, 4, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – Ralph Schuckett (Track 6)
Engineer – Elliot Scheiner (Tracks 1, 8)
Engineer – Darroll Gustamachio (Track 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Dana Jon Chappelle, Gordon Lyon, Stuart Hirotsu, Victor Beyglio (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7),
Engineer (Assistant) – Eddie Garcia, Joe Martin (Tracks 1, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Larry Smith (Track 6)
Engineer (Chief) – David Frazer (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Mixed By – Eric Calvi (Tracks 1, 8)
Mixed By – David Frazer (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Mixed By – Darroll Gustamachio (Track 6)
Programmed By (Drums) – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 2, 4, 7)
Programmed By (Ppg Wave Term Synthesizer) – Andrew Thomas (Tracks 1, 8)
Recorded By (Additional) – Jay Rifkin, Peter Doell (Tracks 1, 8)

Manufactured By – RCA Music Service
Pressed By – Allied Record Company
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Produced For – Perfection Light Productions
Recorded By – Tarpan Records
Recorded By – Mediasound
Mastered At – Sterling Sound