JONATHAN BUTLER:  SARAH, SARAH  THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

JONATHAN BUTLER: SARAH, SARAH THE ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5169D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: HOLDING ON
1. Baby Please Don’t Take It (I Need Your Love)
2. I’ll Be Waiting For Your Love
3. Crossroads Revisited
4. Haunted By Your Love
5. 7th Avenue South
6. Love Hurts So Bad
7. Afrika
8. Gentle Love
9. Song For Jon
10. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) (Duet with Ruby Turner)
11. Lies (Extended Version)
12. Take Good Care Of Me
13. Holding On
14. I Miss Your Love Tonight
15. Going Home
16. Love Songs, Candlelight And You

Disc 2: SING ME YOUR LOVE SONG
1. One More Dance
2. Barenese
3. Say We’ll Be Together
4. There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You) (Extended Version)
5. More Than Friends
6. Sarah Sarah
7. Take Me Home
8. True Love Never Fails (feat. Vanessa Bell Armstrong)
9. Melodie
10. It’s So Hard To Let You Go
11. All Grown Up
12. No Strings, No Ties
13. Sing Me Your Love Song
14. Heal Our Land
15. Welcome Home
16. Candy Dulfer feat Jonathan Butler: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)

• As part of its well-received and critically acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is truly proud to present “Sarah Sarah – The Anthology,” a highly satisfying retrospective of internationally-recognized recording artist, award-winning musician, songwriter and global performer Jonathan Butler’s work from 1985-1990 for Jive Records.

• Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan’s foray into music professionally began in his pre-teens when he performed in local choirs, cabaret venues and carnivals. Signed to Bullet Records as a teenager, Jonathan achieved success in South Africa with two albums (one with another teen star, Little Ronnie). After a stint with jazz-oriented band Pacific Express (during which Jonathan’s skills as a guitarist became clearly evident), at the suggestion of Jive Records’ founder Clive Caulder, Jonathan moved to London in the mid-’80, achieving his first taste of solo international success in 1986 with “Baby Please Don’t Take It,” a US Adult Contemporary chartmaker.

• “Sarah Sarah: The Anthology” contains all of Jonathan’s US and UK charted singles including the much-loved title track, Jonathan’s classic cover duet with Jive labelmate Ruby Turner of The Staple Singers’ “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me),” 1987’s “Lies” (a global pop/R&B hit, featured here in an extended version), 1988’s “Take Good Care Of Me,” an extended version of the Top 10 US R&B hit, “There’s One Born Every Minute (I’m A Sucker For You)” and 1989’s “More Than Friends.”

• The anthology (compiled by David Nathan with assistance from Amar Naik) also includes a number of key album cuts from Jonathan’s five Jive albums, notably “Love Hurts So Bad,” making its CD debut worldwide, quiet storm favourite “Love Songs, Candelight And You,” a stunning duet with gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong on “True Love Never Fails” and as a bonus, a 1999 cover of Jr. Walkr’s classic “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)” with acclaimed Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer.

• Excellent notes by renowned US writer Justin Kantor include extensive quotes from Jonathan; and first class remastering (Nick Robins) and artwork (Roger Williams).

RUBY TURNER: LIVIN’ A LIFE OF LOVE - THE JIVE ANTHOLOGY, 1986-1991 (SMCR-5166D)

RUBY TURNER: LIVIN’ A LIFE OF LOVE – THE JIVE ANTHOLOGY, 1986-1991 (SMCR-5166D)

Track listing:

Disc 1: I’D RATHER GO BLIND

  1. If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me) (Duet with Jonathan Butler)
  2. I’m In Love
  3. Bye Baby
  4. I’d Rather Go Blind (1987 Single)
  5. In My Life (It’s Better to Be in Love) (Extended Version)
  6. Only Women Bleed
  7. Hurting Inside
  8. I’m Livin’ A Life Of Love
  9. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) (Extended Mix)
  10. Nowhere To Run (Nowhere To Hide)
  11. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (with The Temptations)
  12. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (with The Four Tops)
  13. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Featuring Jimmy Ruffin)
  14. The Tracks Of My Tears
  15. Still Waters Run Deep
  16. Step in My Shoes

 

Disc 2: IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

  1. It’s Gonna Be Alright
  2. Paradise (Radio Edit)
  3. It’s A Cryin’ Shame (New 7” Edit)
  4. Surrender
  5. Everytime I Breathe
  6. See Me
  7. The Vibe Is Right
  8. The Other Side (Da’ Posse Mix)
  9. Rumours (Club Mix)
  10. A Little Bit More
  11. Merry Go Round
  12. Provoking (Love Strokin’)
  13. Another One Night Stand
  14. It’s You My Heart Beats For
  15. It’s Gonna Be Alright (Brixton Bass Mix)
  16. It’s A Cryin’ Shame (UK 7” Remix)
  • As part of its much acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Livin’ A Life Of Love – The Jive Anthology, 1986-1991” a wonderful retrospective covering much-loved, enduring Jamaican-born, British-based Ruby Turner’s five-year tenure with Jive Records.

 

  • Ruby spent her formative years in Birmingham and began her recording career in 1980, cutting singles for the independent Sunflower label. Building a reputation for herself as one of the foremost singers and performers on the British soul scene, Ruby signed with Jive Records, cutting her first LP, “Women Hold Up Half The Sky” in 1986 which included her Billy Ocean-produced duet with Jive labelmate Jonathan Butler on a cover of The Staple Singers’ 1973 hit, “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me).”  The LP yielded three further UK charted singles including “In My Life (It’s Better To Be In Love), written and produced by Monte Moir (formerly of The Time); a rare extended version of the track is included here along with the 1987 charted single version of “I’d Rather Go Blind,” a constant show-stopper in Ruby’s live shows.

 

  • Lovingly compiled by renowned US musicologist and writer Justin Kantor (who provided stellar liner notes with extensive 2017 quotes from Ruby herself), this 2-CD set includes (6) tracks from the soulful singer’s 1988 album “The Motown Songbook” along with (7) tracks from her 1989 set, “Paradise” including the US No. 1 R&B hit, “It’s Gonna Be Alright.” The anthology also features (6) tracks from Ruby’s final Jive LP, “The Other Side,” with production by Womack & Womack and Hula & K. Fingers. 

 

  • Rarities that will please Ruby’s steadfast global following include “Another One Night Stand,” previously available as a bonus track on a Japanese version of “Paradise”; the ‘Brixton Bass Mix’ of “It’s Gonna Be Alright”; the “Da Posse Mix” of “The Other Side”; and the ‘New 7” Edit” of “It’s A Cryin’ Shame.” Still very active as a live performer (often with the famed Jools Holland Orchestra) and as a recording artist with her own label, Ruby remains one of Britain’s most enduring soul singers and this anthology showcases her stellar legacy as such.