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The Best of Jerry Butler

Jerry ButlerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000348Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For Your Precious Love
2. He Will Break Your Heart
3. Find Another Girl
4. I'm A Telling You
5. Moon River
6. Make It Easy On Yourself
7. You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)
8. I'm The One That Loves You
9. Theme From 'Taras Bulba' (The Wishing Star)
10. Whatever You Want
11. Need To Belong
12. Giving Up On Love
13. I Don't Want To Hear Anymore
14. I Stand Accused
15. Let It Be Me
16. Never Give You Up
17. Hey, Western Union Man
18. Only The Strong Survive

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18 songs

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iceman cometh (so, originality is WAY overrated)! December 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Butler was one of the smoothest, most soulful crooner to ever get onto vinyl. This compilation is the one place to find much of his best work, and is a great value.
Henry Mancini said on the liner notes to another great J.B. album The Spice of Life (which for God knows why has not made it yet to to compact discs) that Jerry Butler recorded the very first version of "Moon River". Appropriately, it is included here. It also has a representative of Butler's early work as a member of the Impressions, with that doo-wop classic, "Your Precious Love"
All of the hits from J.B.'s career are found on this one disc. "Make It Easy On Yourself", "He Will Break Your Heart", "Western Union Man", "Only the Strong Survive" and the great duet with Betty Everett, "Let It Be Me".
J.B. is a classic old school crooner. His voice is miles deep and smooth as slightly oiled silk. This album is the place to find his best work.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JERRY BUTLER, ONE OF A FEW CAPTIVATING VOICES! September 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Jerry butler is a man who has a soulful, melodic voice in a class all it's own that compliments the powerful messages in his songs. Those males with similar distinct voices are... Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, David Ruffin, The Spinners, The Four Tops, The Dells, Luther Vandross and of course Elvis Presley. These artist songs and voices are priceless, timeless assets, crossing all color lines. I should know! I grew-up during a time, in a town who gave the world composers like Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. (The Sound Of Philadelphia - MFSB)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as silk but some material is marginal March 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being too young to know the complete library of Jerry Butler tunes I can only comment on what has been included on this disc. Suffice it to say that 90% of the tunes are outstanding but there are notable exceptions. That and only that is what brings the rating down to 4 stars.
Jerry's performances are flawless. His voice is fluid, soulful, and evocative. But even Henry Aaron couldn't hit a home run every time he came to the plate. If a few of the cuts (primarily) at the end of this compilation had been left off I would have rated this as a five star disc.
And I would invite more traditional music (non R&B) fans to take a listen. For the material within is appealing to both fans of soul and the more traditional.
I find myself coming back to this collection very often and singing along with these reflective songs of simplicity, beauty and longing that seems to have only existed in my memory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best single CD collection May 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Because Butler has changed labels several times over his 4 decade long career, it's pretty well impossible to get EVERYTHING on 1 disc due to licensing issues. This one does about as good a job as I've seen though:

All his most well-known crossover hits are here: "Moon River" (the definitive version of the tune...sorry Mr. Williams), "He Will Break Your Heart","Make it Easy on Yourself", his duet with Betty Everett for a great cover of the Everly Brothers "Let it Be Me", and soul classic "For Your Precious Love" (with the Impressions). Late 60s comeback pop hits "Hey, Western Union Man" and "Only the Strong Survive" are a bit murkier in many oldies fans memories, but they're nonetheless great songs that deserve to be remembered.

Outside of those, you get several tunes that did well on R&B charts if more unknown to pop fans: Top 10 hits "Find Another Girl","I'm a Telling You", and "Never Give You Up". The only omission from the 50s/60s era is top 10 hit "Are You Happy?" from 1967. (His latter-day 70s stuff isn't here either...probably because of licensing..but you can get that on the Millennium collection, ASIN B00004ZDVY)

Add to that the usual fantastic Rhino job of remastering and liner notes and you have as close to the definitive Jerry Butler single CD compilation as exists for the time being.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! August 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a marvelous showcase for this extremely gifted performer. It is a collection you will listen to again and again. It spotlights the "Iceman's" early hits giving you rare gems with the Impressions as well as some of his later masters. Listen to one of the truly great yet under appreciated singers of our time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ICEMAN April 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Butler was known as the ICEMAN because of his cool demeanor on stage. His deep melodic voice defies this description. He has a distinctive smokey throaty voice. MOON RIVER becomes a love theme that you can visualize as he croons. This is worth having if you want to have a valuble additon to your classic R&B collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good choice of songs July 26, 2002
By Rucho
Format:Audio CD
Excellent collection of the Ice man on VeeJay records. It only overlaps on 2 songs with his Mercury Very Best compilation.
Only 4 stars because of the sound quality, it could be very much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Jery Butler November 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved this album! Long live the "Ice Man" ! Quite a few songs on this CD and is worth every dollar!

I would recommend this CD to anyone who just loves Jerry Butler's music. Five stars!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only have one...
This is a Rhino release and contains his best songs and you enjoy excellent sound quality from this Rhino release.
Published 12 months ago by L. Scism
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Jerry Butler....Awesome!!
These are all original versions and no remakes!!!!!! Awesome!!! These are the songs that I remember as I remenber them and it's wonderful to listen to my favorite Soul Performers... Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Paul A. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not The Best of JB
Although I didn't think it was the best of Jerry Butler, I thoroughly enjoyed most of the 18 tracks included. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Barbarol
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greats of soul/R&B music
Great compilation by the Iceman. The voice of heartbreak, loneliness, rejection, the used then dismissed suitor who only wanted true love and an honest committment, Jerry sang for... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by New England Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ice Man
Absolutely fab CD. What's not to love about this great man's fluid voice?
I listen over and over.
Published on March 15, 2010 by Book Bunny
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set but slightly lacking.
Rhino's usual great job but just off the top of my head I am wondering where "What's The Use of Breaking Up" is, which is one of my all time favorite Butler tracks... Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by Robert Lett
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears of Joy from Captain Midnight
when I heard this CD I feel upon my knees looked to heaven and wept tears of joy.This is truly the music of the Gods don't miss this CD.
Published on December 7, 2000
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