George Duke – Guardian Of The Light (Full Album)

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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.

“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.” – Jason Elias/AllMusic .

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.

Track listing:
All tracks written by George Duke.

1. “Overture” 1:38
2. “Light” 3:23
3. “Shane” 3:14
4. “Born to Love You” 3:10
5. “Silly Fightin'” 5:06
6. “You (Are the Light)” 4:15
7. “The War Fugue Interlude” 1:13
8. “Reach Out” 4:57
9. “Give Me Your Love” 4:19
10. “Stand” 2:14
11. “Soon” 2:43
12. “Celebrate” 3:54
13. “Fly Away” 4:01

Personnel:
George Duke – vocals (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 13), lead vocals (tracks: 4, 5, 9), backing vocals (tracks: 5, 9), piano (tracks: 1-6, 8, 13), Sennheiser vocoder (tracks: 2, 3), Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 (tracks: 2, 3, 7-9, 12, 13), Korg Polysix (tracks: 2, 10, 12), Rhodes electric piano (tracks: 3, 4, 6, 9, 12), melodica (track 4), ARP Odyssey & handclaps (track 8), melodeon (track 9), LinnDrum machine & minimoog (tracks: 10, 12), Clavitar Solo & Roland vocoder (track 13), liner notes, producer
Jeffrey Linton Osborne – backing vocals (tracks: 4, 5), vocals (track 10)
Lynn Blythe Davis – backing vocals (tracks: 4, 5, 9), handclaps (track 8)
Portia Griffin – backing vocals (tracks: 4, 5), handclaps (track 8)
Patti Austin – backing vocals (track 9)
Erik Zobler – vocals (track 13)
Michael Andrew Sembello – guitar (tracks: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Charles Fearing – guitar (tracks: 2, 3)
Johnny McGhee – guitar (track 12)
Louis E. Johnson – guitar (track 5), bass (tracks: 1-3, 5, 8, 9, 13)
Byron Lee Miller – bass (tracks: 4, 6)
John Frederick Robinson – drums (tracks: 1-4, 8, 9)
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums (tracks: 5, 6, 13)
Paulo Roberto da Costa – percussion (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6)
Steve Forman – tabla (track 11)
Lawrence Benjamin Bunker – timpani (track 13)
Rachelle Fields – handclaps (track 8)
Lawrence Lowell Williams – tenor saxophone (tracks: 1, 6, 8)
Lewis Melvin McCreary – trombone (tracks: 1, 6, 8)
Gary E. Grant – trumpet (track 1, 8, 13), flugelhorn (track 6), piccolo trumpet (track 13)
Jerome R. Hey – trumpet (track 1, 8, 13), flugelhorn (track 6), piccolo trumpet (track 13)
Craig Harris – vocoder programming (tracks: 2, 3)
Paul Shure – violin, concertmaster (tracks: 1, 2, 6-8, 11)
Charles Veal Jr. – violin, concertmaster (track 13)

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