Iceman: The Mercury Years

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Iceman: The Mercury Years compiles 44 tracks from the talented Butler's mostly successful 1965-1974 stint at the label. Despite his hits and classics with the label, he didn't start off with gangbusters there. He did steady himself somewhat with "I Dig You Baby" and "Mr. Dream Merchant." Just as his fortunes seemed to be drifting downward, Butler rebounded by 1967. Iceman: The Mercury Years makes no bones about its unabashed emphasis on Butler's work with Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. Not surprisingly, the tracks included prove the point. The big hits -- including "Only the Strong Survive," "Hey, Western Union Man," and "A Brand New Me" -- lose nothing in a ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Iceman: The Mercury Years compiles 44 tracks from the talented Butler's mostly successful 1965-1974 stint at the label. Despite his hits and classics with the label, he didn't start off with gangbusters there. He did steady himself somewhat with "I Dig You Baby" and "Mr. Dream Merchant." Just as his fortunes seemed to be drifting downward, Butler rebounded by 1967. Iceman: The Mercury Years makes no bones about its unabashed emphasis on Butler's work with Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. Not surprisingly, the tracks included prove the point. The big hits -- including "Only the Strong Survive," "Hey, Western Union Man," and "A Brand New Me" -- lose nothing in a greatest-hits format. Still, some of the lesser-known songs from Ice on Ice and The Iceman Cometh certainly weren't the best choice for this compilation. Away from Gamble & Huff and back in Chicago, Butler's early-'70s work was typified by the strong and dramatic sounds of the area. Interestingly enough, this set gets its most interesting and instructive moments centering on Butler's Mercury decline. Songs like "Special Memory," "How Did We Lose It," and "If It's Real" aren't great, but certainly retain their strength among the better-known tracks. While his 1973 hit duet, "Ain't Understanding Mellow," is included, other great tracks of the period, like "That's the Way It Was That's the Way It Is" and his great cover of Carole King's "So Far Away," didn't make it here. All in all, Iceman: The Mercury Years does offer great songs, but the original albums might be more sufficient.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/1992
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451096822
  • Catalog Number: 510968

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love (Oh, How Sweet It Is) (2:24)
  2. 2 Loneliness (2:42)
  3. 3 Alfie (0:44)
  4. 4 The Right Track (3:13)
  5. 5 You Make Me Feel Like Someone (2:47)
  6. 6 I Dig You Baby (2:40)
  7. 7 You Walked into My Life (2:53)
  8. 8 (Nobody Ever Loved Anybody) the Way I Love You (3:00)
  9. 9 You Don't Know What You Got Until You Lose It (3:01)
  10. 10 Mr. Dream Merchant (2:35)
  11. 11 I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:34)
  12. 12 Lost (2:51)
  13. 13 Beside You (2:59)
  14. 14 Never Give You Up (2:56)
  15. 15 Hey, Western Union Man (2:41)
  16. 16 Can't Forget About You, Baby (2:52)
  17. 17 Are You Happy (2:39)
  18. 18 Only the Strong Survive (2:35)
  19. 19 Moody Woman (2:20)
  20. 20 Go Away and Find Yourself (2:50)
  21. 21 Only the Strong Survive (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Brand New Me (2:28)
  2. 2 What's the Use of Breaking Up? (2:36)
  3. 3 Don't Let Love Hang You Up (2:27)
  4. 4 I Forgot to Remember (2:44)
  5. 5 Got to See If I Can't Get Mommy (To Come Back Home) (3:14)
  6. 6 I Could Write a Book (2:26)
  7. 7 Life's Unfortunate Sons (3:18)
  8. 8 Where Are You Goin'? (3:08)
  9. 9 Special Memory (3:08)
  10. 10 You Just Can't Win (By Making the Same Mistake) (2:36)
  11. 11 How Did We Lose It (3:04)
  12. 12 If It's Real What I Feel - Brenda Lee (2:47)
  13. 13 Walk Easy My Son (2:56)
  14. 14 Ain't Understanding Mellow - Brenda Lee (4:20)
  15. 15 Windy City Soul - Brenda Lee Eager (3:05)
  16. 16 Radio Promo (0:53)
  17. 17 One Night Affair (3:25)
  18. 18 I Only Have Eyes for You (3:31)
  19. 19 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Brenda Lee Eager (4:11)
  20. 20 Can't Understand It - Brenda Lee Eager (2:59)
  21. 21 Power of Love (2:37)
  22. 22 Memories Don't Leave Like People Do (4:11)
  23. 23 For Your Precious Love (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Butler Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Brenda Lee Eager Track Performer
Brenda Lee Track Performer
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Jerry Butler Composer, Producer
Jim Morrison Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Jerry Ross Producer
Bob Bowles Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
Calvin Carter Producer
Johnny Colla Composer
Luchi de Jesus Producer
Gamble & Huff Producer
Chris Hayes Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Huey Lewis Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Engineer
Gerald Sims Producer
Harry Weinger Producer
Johnny Pate Producer
Leo Sacks Liner Notes
Al Hoffman Composer
Carl G. Lampl Composer
Theresa Bell Composer
Toni Cottura Composer
Aris Composer
Bobby Scott Producer
Robby Krieger Composer
Kesselbauer Composer
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