Master of the Game is the fourteenth studio album by American keyboardist and record producer George Duke. It was released in 1979 through Epic Records. Recording sessions for this full-length album took place at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The album features contributions from vocalists Lynn Davis, Josie James and Napoleon Murphy Brock, guitarists David Myles, Ray Obiedo and Roland Bautista, bassists Byron Miller and Freddie Washington, drummer Ricky Lawson, percussionist Sheila Escovedo, trombonist Bill Reichenbach, trumpeters Jerry Hey and Gary Grant, and saxophonist Gary Herbig.
In creating of Master of the Game, Duke used a variety of keyboard instruments viz. Fender Rhodes electric piano, Yamaha Acoustic piano, Yamaha Electric grand piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, ARP Odyssey and ARP String Ensemble synthesizers, Minimoog, Oberheim synthesizer, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Crumar synthesizer. David Myles played six and twelve-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar and sitar. The album was mastered by Brian Gardner at Allen Zent Studio in Los Angeles.
The album peaked at number 125 on the US Billboard 200 album chart and at number 18 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Master of the Game spawned two singles: "I Want You for Myself" and "Every Little Step I Take". Its lead single, "I Want You for Myself" featuring Lynn Davis, reached number 23 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Dance Club Songs charts.
- George Duke – vocals, electric piano, clavinet, synthesizer, bells, producer
- Lynn Davis – lead vocals (track 4), vocals
- Napoleon Murphy Brock – vocals
- Josie James – vocals
- David Myles – guitars, sitar
- Ray Obiedo – guitar (track 3)
- Roland Bautista – guitar (track 8)
- Byron Lee Miller – bass
- "Ready" Freddie Washington – bass (track 3)
- Ricky Lawson – drums
- Sheila Cecelia Escovedo – drums (track 3), percussion
- Bill Reichenbach Jr. – bass trombone
- Jerry Hey – trumpet, flugelhorn
- Gary E. Grant – trumpet (track 7)
- Gary Lee Herbig – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piccolo flute
- Tommy Vicari – engineering
- Erik Zobler – assistant engineering
- Mitch Gibson – assistant engineering
- Brian Knapp Gardner – mastering
- David Fisher – artwork