Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Definitely NOT Jerry Butler at his best
Marcel Wild | Matieland 7602 South Africa | 10/03/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Sorry Bradley Briggs, that's definitely not Jerry Butler at his best! It seems by 1980 Jerry Butler lost the sparkle and funk of his 1976 "Love's on the Menu" album and the fabulous groove on his joint album with Thelma Houston. Once you experienced these, it's hard to settle for anything less. I am confident in his huge catalogue there are some more pearls like these.I wish I knew them all and they were not out of print..."
LEGENDARY SINGER AT HIS BEST~BRAVO JERRY!!!!
Bradly Briggs | TOLUCA LAKE, CALIFORNIA | 09/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who wants to hear the greatest male "soul" singer of all time (or just plain great singer!) at his absolute peak with awesome orchestrations filled with the best group of musicians on the planet had better grab this set while its around!!! Opening with the great title song "The Best Love", it is clear that Jerry Butler is in ultimate vocal form and flows brilliantly through a great arrangement with a vocal that is all over the map but ever so smoothly!!! A Jerry Butler original features a gorgeous vocal filled with passionate longing and a glorious orchestration swirling with strings and beautiful background vocals making "Would You Mind" a masterpiece that is followed by a beautiful duet with Debra Henry "Don't Be An Island". Totally amazing that the masterful "Tell Me Girl(Why It Has To End)" wasn't a huge hit as Jerry's magnificent vocal pleads and soars to incredible heights and depths and becomes one of the finest performance's of his brilliant career-this one is completely stunning!!! A cooking remake of "Reach Out For Me" is winning while "We've Got This Feeling Again" is another great duet with Debra Henry that flows with a great rhythm track and sounds like it should have been a hit!!! A haunting vocal with an engrossing arrangement make the Gamble/Huff original "Angel Face" another standout in a superb set that is full of great songs with the bulk of them produced by the legendary Philly team Gamble/Huff along with Dexter Wansel and Jerry Butler!! This is an example of the classic Philly Soul production team at its peak with grand and incredibly creative arrangements and a singer who is simply brilliant...Closing this peerless collection is a slowed down seductive version of the title song "The Best Love" and Jerry's passionate vocal is sublime and beyond compare...BRAVO JERRY BUTLER!!!"