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28-track multi-label compilation presenting the very soul of Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler and... more

Butler/ Mayfield / Impressions: Got Soul 1960-1973

28-track multi-label compilation presenting the very soul of Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler and the Impressions Original Vee-Jay, ABC-Paramount, Mercury and Curtom recordings Includes 'It's Alright, Only the Strong Survive, Superfly' and 19 more USA Top 40 hits! Deluxe color booklet with detailed liner notes

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Butler - Mayfield - Impressions - Got Soul 1960-1973 CD 1
01 He Will Break Your Heart BUTLER, Jerry
02 Find Another Girl BUTLER, Jerry
03 I'm A Telling You BUTLER, Jerry
04 Gypsy Woman IMPRESSIONS
05 Woman's Got Soul IMPRESSIONS
06 Make It Easy On Yourself BUTLER, Jerry
07 I'm The One Who Loves You IMPRESSIONS
08 It's All Right IMPRESSIONS
09 Need To Belong BUTLER, Jerry
10 I've Been Trying IMPRESSIONS
11 Keep On Pushing IMPRESSIONS
12 You Must Believe Me IMPRESSIONS
13 Talking About My Baby IMPRESSIONS
14 Giving Up On Love BUTLER, Jerry
15 I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore BUTLER, Jerry
16 People Get Ready IMPRESSIONS
17 Never Give You Up BUTLER, Jerry
18 We're A Winner IMPRESSIONS
19 Hey, Western Union Man BUTLER, Jerry
20 Only The Strong Survive BUTLER, Jerry
21 Check Out Your Mind IMPRESSIONS
22 What's The Use Of Breaking Up? BUTLER, Jerry
23 Move On Up MAYFIELD, Curtis
24 (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're.. MAYFIELD, Curtis
25 Beautiful Brother Of Mine MAYFIELD, Curtis
26 Superfly MAYFIELD, Curtis
27 Future Shock MAYFIELD, Curtis
The Impressions Gypsy Woman Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry... more
"Butler/ Mayfield / Impressions"

The Impressions

Gypsy Woman

Without the richly burnished baritone leads of Jerry Butler, who had fronted their soulful breakthrough ballad For Your Precious Love (you'll find it on our 1958 disc), The Impressions were finding it hard to come up with a second hit. Butler had quit the Chicago group amidst jealousy from some members over Vee-Jay Records unexpectedly giving him featured billing on the single.

Chicago native Curtis Mayfield, all of 16 when he played guitar and sang high tenor behind The Ice Man on For Your Precious Love, took over lead duties for The Impressions. He'd attended Wells High School while living in Cabrini-Green, the massive housing project on Chicago's near North Side. Even before that, he doo-wopped with The Alphatones on the West Side and sang hymns with the Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers. That's where he took up guitar, tuning his axe to a very unusual F# chord that gave Mayfield his highly distinctive sound.

The Impressions brought Fred Cash up from Chattanooga, Tennessee to replace Butler. He'd been in The Roosters there along with tenor-singing brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks and baritone Sam Gooden, who now comprised the rest of The Impressions. With Mayfield's airy high tenor out front, the quintet stuck around Vee-Jay's Abner label for a short while, but A&R man Calvin Carter didn't care for Curtis as a front man, so they were dropped. The Impressions made a single for Bandera Records, owned by Vi Muszynski, who had brought them to Vee-Jay in the first place, but Listen didn't reverse their fading fortunes. Curtis took a break to tour as Butler's guitarist, the pair co-writing three major R&B sellers for Jerry at Vee-Jay in 1960-61: the R&B chart-topping He Will Break Your Heart, Find Another Girl, and I'm A Telling You.

"In the writing of them, we would mess around, he would wind up singing the hook with me. So we decided to record 'em that way, and it turned out very well," says Butler. "I think a lot of that had to do with the way Curtis played guitar."

Eddie Thomas brought The Impressions to the major label ABC-Paramount, recording in New York with arranger/conductor Roy Glover, Jr., who decorated Mayfield's exotic Gypsy Woman with castanets and hushed backing. Cut in July of 1961, Gypsy Woman was a #2 R&B/#20 pop hit late that year (another Mayfield ballad, As Long As You Love Me, was its flip side). The Impressions were back.

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