Guardian of the Light

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Guardian of the Light
George Duke - Guardian of the Light.jpg
Studio album by
ProducerGeorge Duke
George Duke chronology
Dream On
Guardian of the Light
Singles from Guardian of the Light
  1. "Reach Out"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Celebrate"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Born to Love You"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by George Duke.

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
13."Fly Away"4:01



  • Born To Love You was also covered by Phil Perry in 1998.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
US Billboard Jazz Albums[2] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 36
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 46
US Billboard 200[5] 147


  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "Guardian of the Light – George Duke". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Billboard's Best Selling Jazz LPs. 95. Billboard. July 9, 1983. p. 38.
  3. ^ "George Duke". Sverigetopplistan.
  4. ^ "George Duke Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "George Duke Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2018.

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