George Benson

Give Me the Night

Composed by Rod Temperton

Song Review by

Released in mid-1980, this polished song caught the tail end of the disco era. This is unabashed flash and glitz that producer Quincy Jones was becoming famous for. For Benson, Jones didn't stray too far from his late-'70s, early-'80s hitmaking recipe. This track is almost defiantly lush. Sonically, Jones put an echo on Benson's guitar riffs on this track and throughout "Give Me the Night." That gives this almost three-dimensional sound. Patti Austin is heard throughout doing scat vocals through the verses. Speaking of vocals, this is arguably one of Benson's most natural and non-ingratiating performances. Surprisingly, guitarist Lee Ritenour also appears on this track and it's hard to discern where all of the good riffs come from. Like many of the dance songs of the era, this too is subtly romantic and mature. Rod Temperton, the song's writer, had also done similar work for Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and Rufus and Chaka's Masterjam. Bassist Abraham Labroiel and drummer John Robinson provide the cushy rhythm here. "Give Me the Night" is one of those few songs that actually might make a listener feel better for that 4:58.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Give Me the Night 1980 Pure Pleasure Records
The George Benson Collection 1981 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:42
No Image 1983 Warner Bros.
Midnight Moods 1991 Warner Bros.
The Best of George Benson [Warner Bros.] 1995 Warner Bros. 3:42
The George Benson Anthology 2000 Rhino 3:42
Les Incontournables 2000 Warner Jazz 3:43
Absolutely Live [Video/DVD] 2001 Pioneer
The Greatest Hits of All 2003 WEA 3:42
Time 100, Vol. 2: 1980-1999 2004
Various Artists
Weasel 3:44
Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of All 2004 Warner Special Marketing / WEA International 3:42
The Best of George Benson Live 2005 Universal 6:59
The Essential George Benson 2006 Legacy 5:02
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA/Bose 3:44
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 4:59
The Very Best of Smooth Jazz 2008
Various Artists
Universal 4:59
100 Hits: 80's Pop 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 100
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 3:50
Classic Love Songs 2010 Rhino 3:44
100 Hits: Summer 2010
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:42
Ministry of Sound Anthems: Disco 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:43
Collection RTL Georges Lang 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 4:58
80s Groove, Vol. II 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:59
The Essential Selection 2011 Music Club Records 3:43
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino
Nile Rodgers Presents Disco Inferno 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 4:55
The Ultimate Collection 2015 Rhino 5:03
100 Hits: Summer [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
Festival
Carwash: Disco Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:42
Classic Disco
Various Artists
Rhino
MTV Music History: George Benson HAL
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 4:59
Nostalgie Disco Fever
Various Artists
Wagram
Soul Man
Various Artists
UMOD
The Nation's Favourite Soul
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino 3:43
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 80's & 90's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:44
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
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