Shape of Things to Come (George Benson album)

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Shape of Things to Come
Shape of Things to Come (George Benson album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
RecordedAugust 27 – October 22, 1968
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
ProducerCreed Taylor
George Benson chronology
Giblet Gravy
Shape of Things to Come
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[2]

Shape of Things to Come is the fifth studio album by American guitarist George Benson, released in 1968 and arranged by Don Sebesky.[3] It was his first album for A&M Records and his first album to be produced by Creed Taylor, who would remain his producer until 1976.


After four years and three different labels, Benson signed with the A&M/CTI label in 1968. He was to be the replacement for their star Wes Montgomery, who had died earlier in the year.[1] For his first album with the label, producer Taylor brought in all of the labels heavyweights, arranger Sebesky, engineer Rudy Van Gelder, and guest artists Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter. The album is mostly cover songs from artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, The Monkees and Glenn Miller. It also contains a pair of original compositions and some reworkings of movie soundtracks.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Footin' It" (George Benson, Don Sebesky) – 4:23
  2. "Face It Boy, It's Over" (Andy Badale, Frank Stanton) – 4:05
  3. "Shape of Things to Come" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 5:15
  4. "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 3:34
  5. "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 4:42
  6. "Shape of Things That Are and Were" (Benson) – 5:48
  7. "Last Train to Clarksville" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) – 5:32




  1. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 23. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Shape of Things to Come at AllMusic