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"Esq./He Will Break Your Heart"
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Year of Release: 2000
For Your Precious Love
Don't Take Your Love
Come Back My Love
If You Let Me
I Was Wrong
No End Or Time
You Do Right Through Me
He Will Break Your Heart
The Gift Of Love
Teardrops From My Eyes
Give Me Your Love
Have A Good Time
A Lonely Soldier
Thanks To You
Sweet Was The Wine
After The Laughter
The Lights Went Out
I Found A Love
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"Esq./He Will Break Your Heart"
Jerry Butler was born in Mississippi, but he found his "home" and popularity
in Chicago. The Iceman has recorded incredible music, starting out with Curtis
Mayfield and the Impressions. Collectables Records, showcasing their many
"2 albums on 1 CD" -- two original albums by Butler, Esq. released
in 1959, and He Will Break Your Heart in 1960. A very impressive two-fer,
this release features great soulful songs and Easy Listening enjoyment.
From the Esq. release:
The standard "September Song" has a very Nat King Cole-ish sound,
as "For Your Precious Love," having an Easy Listening enjoyment and
a soulful ballad as heard from
Sam Cooke. Also in the style of Sam Cooke, is the upbeat tune
"Don't Take Your Love From Me." "Come Back My Love" has a 1950s
R&B style, where a more Easy Listening atmosphere and even a big band sound is
heard on "If You Let Me." Another comparison to that is the soulful,
yet Frank Sinatra-ish "You Go Right Through Me."
There are some very impressive soulful ballads from Esq.:
"The Challenge" and "No End Or Time." Jackie Wilson soul comes
to mind on such songs as "Rainbow Valley" and "Lost." The
1950s/1960s early R&B soul is perfected on "I Was Wrong." And if
Sinatra's "My kind of town, Chicago is..." is a favorite to many, you may just
want to give Butler's upbeat "Chi Town" a listen. Nat King Cole fans
will enjoy this one also.
From the He Will Break Your Heart release:
A more soulful approach of the late 1950s/early 1960s is heard throughout
this release. Obviously one of Butler's most famous hits is the title track.
Many songs compared to the likes of Sam Cooke and/or Jackie Wilson is heard
on such tracks as "Sweet Was The Wine" "Butterfly" and "After The
Laughter." Easy Listening is another comparison, on upbeat numbers as
"Have A Good Time" and "I Found A Love."
But the soulful ballads are the ones that have always stood out for Jerry
Butler. There are many soulful ballads here: "Give Me Your Love," "A
Lonely Soldier," "Thanks To You," and "The Lights Went Out."
The classic R&B sound of the 1950s is heard on "The Gift Of Love,"
and "Teardrops From My Eyes" displays a very bouncy upbeat soul approach.
Although many songs would become more popular in the 1970s for Jerry Butler,
his beginnings were R&B and Soul music. Do-wop of the 1950s and the sweet
soul of such late 1950s/early 1960s favorites as Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and
Jackie Wilson will have the "not-so-famnilar with Jerry Butler" fans curious
to hear his music. Everyone has their beginnings, and Butler's is no exception.
Esq./He Will Break Your Heart displays classic soul at its very best.
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