1983 George Duke – Guardian Of The Light

Guardian Of The Light is the seventeenth studio album by American keyboardist and record producer George Duke. It was released in 1983 through Epic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in Los Angeles at The Complex, Le Gonks West and Ocean Way Recording. Duke used a variety of keyboard instruments, such as Rhodes electric piano, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Korg Polysix, ARP Odyssey, Clavitar Solo, Minimoog, melodeon, melodica, and also Sennheiser and Roland vocoders, and LinnDrum machine. The album features contributions from various musicians, including vocalists Jeffrey Osborne and Lynn Davis, guitarists Michael Sembello and Charles Fearing, bassists Louis Johnson and Byron Miller, drummers John Robinson and Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, percussionist Paulinho da Costa, trumpeters Gary Grant and Jerry Hey, trombonist Lew McCreary, conductor George Del Barrio with a musical ensemble of string instrument players.

The album peaked at number 147 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and number 46 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States. Guardian of the Light spawned three singles: “Reach Out”, “Celebrate” and “Born to Love You”. Its lead single, “Reach Out” reached number 59 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Tracks

1  Overture (George Duke) 01:42
2  Light (George Duke) 03:27
3  Shane (George Duke) 03:18
4  Born To Love You (George Duke) 03:14
5  Silly Fightin (George Duke) 05:11
6  You (Are The Light) (George Duke) 04:20
7  The War Fugue Interlude (George Duke) 01:17
8  Reach Out (George Duke) 05:01
9  Give Me Your Love (George Duke) 04:23
10  Stand (George Duke) 02:18
11  Soon (George Duke) 02:47
12  Celebrate (George Duke) 03:58
13  Fly Away (George Duke) 04:04

Musicians

1 Overture

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMichael Sembello
PianoGeorge Duke
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


2 Light

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCharles Fearing
PianoGeorge Duke
VocoderGeorge Duke
ProgrammingCraig Harris
VocalsGeorge Duke


3 Shane

BassByron Miller
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarCharles Fearing
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
VocoderGeorge Duke
ProgrammingCraig Harris
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsGeorge Duke


4 Born To Love You

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
MelodicaGeorge Duke
PianoGeorge Duke
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJeffrey Osborne
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsPortia Griffin
VocalsGeorge Duke


5 Silly Fightin

DrumsLeon Chancler
PianoGeorge Duke
Background VocalsJeffrey Osborne
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsPortia Griffin
VocalsGeorge Duke


6 You (Are The Light)

BassByron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
PianoGeorge Duke
FlugelhornGary Grant
FlugelhornJerry Hey
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneLew McCreary
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsGeorge Duke


7 The War Fugue Interlude

SynthesizerGeorge Duke


8 Reach Out

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMichael Sembello
PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
VocalsGeorge Duke


9 Give Me Your Love

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
Background VocalsLynn Davis
Background VocalsPatti Austin
VocalsGeorge Duke


10 Stand

Drums (Linn)George Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
VocalsJeffrey Osborne


11 Soon

GuitarMichael Sembello
TablasSteve Forman
VocalsGeorge Duke


12 Celebrate

Drums (Linn)George Duke
GuitarJohn McGhee
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke


13 Fly Away

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsLeon Chancler
KeyboardsGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
VocoderGeorge Duke
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TimpaniLarry Bunker

Liner Notes

Producer – George Duke
Arranged By – George Duke
Concertmaster – Paul Shure (Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. 11)
Conductor – George Del Barrio (Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. 11)
Conductor – Charles Veal Jr (Track 13)
Engineer – Tommy Vicari
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Orchestrated By – George Duke

Mastered At Allen Zentz Mastering
Phonographic Copyright (p) CBS Inc
Copyright (c) CBS Inc