By the early '80s Wes Montgomery's heir apparent was becoming most known for his Donny Hathaway inspired vocals. Hits like "This Masquerade", "On Broadway" and "Give Me The Night" soon followed. "Lady Love Me from In Your Eyes" accentuates Benson's pop/r&b savvy with great results. In a teaming that had to happen to insure the world didn't spin off its axis, Benson is produced here by Arif Mardin. Mardin himself was coming off a string of successful albums with Chaka Khan. For "Lady Love Me" Mardin and Benson stay the commercial jazzy course and the results are surprisingly potent. With Hamish Stuart helping out on the great backing vocals and Steve Ferrone's trademark tough drumming, this was a rightful instant classic. Benson and his often-undervalued vocals carry this however. He's every bit the longing swain here, mustering up phony courage, a little distance and bravado until he starts begging, less than a minute in the song. The push and pull caused this to be more layered than the standard pop/jazz fare of the day. In fact, for a song that was probably deemed "too '80s" in the '80s, this has held up extremely well.