Yesterday, I wanted to hear the Mamas and Papas classic song California Dreamin’ as interpreted by George Benson (White Rabbit CD). When it started playing on my CD player, it skipped badly. So I washed the CD, hoping that it was dirty. It still skipped.
I put the CD in my PC’s CD tray and burned a copy. I put the copy in my CD player and it sounded great — not a skip throughout.
The music, recorded in 1971, still sounds great. Here’s are review from the All Music Guide:
For Benson’s second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such. The idea works best on "California Dreamin’" (whose chords are based on Andalusian harmonies), where, driven by Jay Berliner’s exciting Spanish rhythm guitar, Benson comes through with some terrifically inspired playing. On "El Mar," Berliner is replaced by Benson’s protege Earl Klugh (then only 17) in an inauspicious – though at the time, widely-heralded – recorded debut. The title track is another winner, marred only by the out-of-tune brasses at the close, and in a good example of the CTI classical/jazz formula at work, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s "Little Train of the Caipira" is given an attractive early-’70s facelift. Herbie Hancock gets plenty of nimble solo space on Rhodes electric piano, Airto Moreira contributes percussion and atmospheric wordless vocals, and Ron Carter and Billy Cobham complete the high-energy rhythm section. In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins. ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide