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JERRY BUTLER: LOVE'S ON THE MENU/SUITE FOR A SINGLE GIRL (SMCR-25086)
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LOVE’S ON THE MENU
1. I Don't Want Nobody To Know
2. I'm Goin' Left
3. I Don't Wanna Be Reminded
4. Don't Let This Smile Fool You
5. I Honestly Love You
6. Love's On The Menu Tonight
7. The Devil In Mrs. Jones
8. Thank You Early Bird
9. I Think That She's In Love
10. This Is Your Life

SUITE FOR A SINGLE GIRL
11. Suite For The Single Girl
12. I Wanna Do It To You
13. Ms. Fine
14. What A Pleasant Surprise
15. Chalk It Up
16. Music In Her Dreams/Dream Music
17. Only Pretty Girls
18. Let's Go Get Out Of Town
19. You Gotta Believe In Me

• The legendary Jerry Butler (nicknamed ‘The Ice Man’ for both his ‘cool’ vocal style and his personal demeanour) was already well established as a successful recording artist in 1975 when he was approached by then-Motown president Ewart Abner, with whom he’d worked at the start of his recording career at Vee-Jay Records, to sign with the globally-renowned record company.

• Chicago-based Jerry began immediately working on LOVE’S ON THE MENU with some of Motown’s in-house producers (including Hal Davis, Michael Sutton, Michael Sutton), the team of Clayton Ivey & Terry Woodford; and hometown producers Michael Davis and Sam Brown. The album featured mostly original compositions (a number co-written by Butler) alongside covers of the Syreeta/Stevie Wonder song, “I’m Goin’ Left,” Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You,” the Lionel Richie-penned, Commodores-recorded standout “This Is Your Life” and the single, “The Devil In Mrs. Jones” (a reference to the famous ‘70s adult movie of the same name.

• Released in 1977, Jerry’s second Motown set SUITE FOR A SINGLE GIRL (which he co-produced with Homer Talbert and Paul Wilson) and was, as its’ title implied, a concept-driven album. Recorded in Chicago, the nine tracks were written by members of Jerry’s famed Music Workshop; standouts included the US R&B charted single “I Wanna Do It For You,” “Only Pretty Girls” and the almost-eight minute long opus, “Music In Her Dreams/Dream Music.” Out of print on CD for decades, this SoulMusic Records’ reissue of two classic ‘70s Motown albums includes notes by renowned US writer Kevin (“Soul Ninja”) Goins.



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