on 10 February 2016
This single CD “Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You/The Best Love” by Jerry Butler, a twofer released by Edsel Records from UK in 2005, contains 2 complete albums, Jerry’s output on Philadelphia International Records era (1978 – 1980). I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):
LP “NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU” (Jerry Butler)(Philadelphia International JZ-35510)(BB200 160/1979):
01 (I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out (Philadelphia International ZS8 3656)(a-side)(BB R&B 14/1978; RW Pop 101/1978)(October 1978)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 Let’s Make Love (Philadelphia International ZS8 3683)(uncharted a-side, April 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 Sad Eyes
04 Mighty Good People
05 I’m Glad To Be Back (Philadelphia International ZS8 3673)(b-side, March 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You (Philadelphia International ZS8 3673)(a-side)(BB R&B 86/1979)(March 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Dream World (Philadelphia International ZS8 3683)(b-side, April 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 Are You Lonely Tonight (Philadelphia International ZS8 3656)(b-side, October 1978)*rare gem; CD debut.
LP “THE BEST LOVE” (Jerry Butler)(Philadelphia International JZ-36413)(1980):
09 The Best Love I Ever Had (uptempo version)(Philadelphia International ZS9 3113)(b-side, August 1980)
10 Would You Mind (Philadelphia International ZS9 3746)(b-side, February 1980)
11 Don’t be An Island (Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, featuring Debra Henry of "Silk")(Philadelphia International ZS9 3113)(a-side)(BB R&B 75/1980)(August 1980)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Tell Me Girl (Why It has To End)
13 Reach Out For Me
14 We’ve Got This Feeling Again
15 Angel Face
16 The Best Love I Ever Had (slow version)(Philadelphia International ZS9 3746)(a-side)(BB R&B 49/1980)(February 1980)*rare gem; CD debut.
1 These two albums from 1979 & 1980 represent the complete output by Jerry Butler on Philadelphia International Records label. Both albums are making their CD debut. As noted, there are many hit singles within the albums.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a 20-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Tony Rounce. The lyrics for songs from “The Best Love” are included. The two front album covers are also included.
1 For some unknown reasons, the lyrics for the songs from “Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You” are NOT included.
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
Jerry Butler has a lengthy charting career. On Billboard R&B Chart, he has 59 singles. I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 86 singles (charted and charted, a and b-sides, from 1958 – 1993; but only 160 songs, not 172 songs because 12 were repeated releases). His labels are (1) Falcon (1958), (2) Vee-Jay (1958), (3) Abner (1958 – 1960), (4) Vee-Jay (1960 – 1966), (5) Mercury (1966 – 1974), (6) Motown (1976 – 1977), (7) Philadelphia International (1978 – 1980), (8) Fountain (1982), (9) CTI (1983), and (10) Ichiban (1992 – 1993).
Jerry Butler was born on December 8, 1939 in Sunflower, Mississippi and raised in Chicago. He and his childhood buddy Curtis Mayfield first joined the Roosters, and the name was later changed to the Impressions. He went solo in 1958. He was dubbed "The Ice Man.” In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Impressions. I feel that he certainly deserved a second separate induction as a solo artist.
The soul music of Jerry Butler is both an explosion of raw, passionate energy, an artist reflection of its time, plus exploring, learning, revealing and relating. His soulful voice is oh so moving, but now mixed with disco by the team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Although these two albums did not achieve the same chart success as in the period of 1958 – 1973, as the contents of this CD prove, The Iceman was never less than great at any time. If you are a Jerry Butler fan, this CD with the two albums making their CD debut, is highly recommended.