Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly

by Tavares
     
 

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Pop fans who associate Tavares with "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and the Bee Gees' "More Than a Woman" tend to think of it as a disco group. But Tavares' roots were Northern soul, and it was a classic Northern soul approach that first sent the Bostonians to the top of the R&B charts, not until Tavares' fourth…  See more details below

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Pop fans who associate Tavares with "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" and the Bee Gees' "More Than a Woman" tend to think of it as a disco group. But Tavares' roots were Northern soul, and it was a classic Northern soul approach that first sent the Bostonians to the top of the R&B charts, not until Tavares' fourth album, Sky High!, did the quintet start to acquire a reputation as a disco act. With 1979's Madame Butterfly, Tavares seemed to be going out of its way to live down its disco reputation. The material is straight-up Northern soul, and nothing on this hell bent for R&B album is as disco-minded as "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" or "More Than a Woman." If you notice that much of Madame Butterfly is very Philadelphia-sounding, it's no coincidence, this excellent LP was produced by Bobby Martin, a Philadelphian who was highly regarded in Philly soul circles. Anyone who has spent hours and hours listening to the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the Intruders should have no problem getting into solid offerings like "My Love Calls," "Straight from the Heart," and the major hit "Never Had a Love Like This Before." If, in 1979, you were hoping to hear Tavares performing a lot of disco, you were bound to find Madame Butterfly disappointing. But those who wanted Tavares to stick to pure, unadulterated northern soul agreed that working with Martin was a very wise move.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Soulmusic.com
UPC:
5013929076433
catalogNumber:
2907643
Rank:
70134

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Performance Credits

Tavares   Primary Artist
Steve Erquiaga   Electric Guitar
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Benorce Blackmon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Butch   Vocals
Len Ron Hanks   Electric Piano,Clavinet
Paul Shure   Concert Master
Linda Small   Trombone
Maurice Spears   Bass Trombone
Melvin Webb   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums
Tom McKintosh   Trombone
Pooch   Vocals
John Roberts   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chubby   Vocals
David Shields   Bass
Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Melodica,Wurlitzer
Grove Mitchell   Trombone
Don Moores   Vibes
Tiny   Vocals

Technical Credits

Butch   Arranger
Sam Dees   Composer
Len Ron Hanks   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Joe D. Reaves   Composer
Lonnie Reaves   Composer
David Nathan   Reissue Producer
Kevin Goins   Liner Notes
Zane Grey   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Simon   Composer
Roger Williams   Artwork
Kenneth Stover   Composer
Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Benorce Blackman   Composer

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