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Jerry ButlerThe Spice Of Life

Label:Mercury – SRM 2 7502
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul

Tracklist

A1What's So Good About It (You're My Baby)
Written-ByJ. Butler*, S.F. Brown III*
4:54
A2If I Could Remember (Not Ever Having You)
Written-ByJ. Butler*, S.F. Brown III*
6:25
A3I Only Have Eyes For You
Written-ByA. Dubin*, H. Warren*
3:31
A4That's The Way It Was (That's The Way It Is)
Written-ByJ. Butler*, S.F. Brown III*
4:59
B1One Night Affair
Written-ByGamble & Huff
3:25
B2A Prayer
Written-ByJ. Butler*, S.F. Brown III*
3:24
B3Get On The Case
Written-ByC. Carter*, J. Blumenberg*, J.D. Jones*
5:21
B4So Far Away
Written-ByC. King*
5:06
C1I Need You
Written-ByJ. Peters*
5:55
C2You Can't Always Tell
FeaturingBrenda Lee Eager
Written-ByB. Butler*, L. Wade*, T. Callier*
5:47
C3Stop Steppin' On My Dreams
Written-ByJ. Butler*, S.F. Brown III*
3:52
C4Baby I'm A Want You
Written-ByD. Gates*
3:20
D1(They Long To Be) Close To You
FeaturingBrenda Lee Eager
Written-ByBacharach & David*
4:13
D2Don't Rip Me Off
Written-ByD. Sherman*
4:01
D3The Masquerade Is Over / Since I Fell For You
Written By [The Masquerade Is Over]H. Smith, S. Barzman
Written-By [Since I Fell For You]B. Johnson*
Written-By [The Masquerade Is Over]B. Shefter*
6:10
D4All Kinds Of People
Written-ByBacharach & David*
4:53
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Credits

Notes

Recorded at
- Universal Recording Studio (A division of Memphis Corporation), Memphis Tennessee
- RCA Mid-America Recording Studio (Studio A), Chicago, Illinois
- Paragon Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois

Remixed at RCA Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Spice Of Life (LP, Album)Mercury6338 102UK1972
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Spice Of Life (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Mercury, MercurySRM.2.7502, SRM 2 7502Canada1972
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Offering The Spice Of Life (8-Track Cartridge, Album)Mercury7708 160UK1972
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The Spice Of Life (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Mercury, MercurySRM 2 7502, SRM-2-7502US1972
The Spice Of Life (2×LP, Album, Promo, Gatefold)MercurySRM 2 7502US1972

Reviews

  • thevinylrecordplayer's avatar
    While I would agree that this is a supersized, almost too much (if there is such a thing) for one sitting kind of serving of Jerry Butler, it is him in his prime. A LOT of fantastic soul grooves on this one, powered by drummer Ira Gates and bassist Wayne Douglass. Just well played, extended songs all over the place, sounding like where Isaac Hayes could have gone if he wanted a much less disco route. That production, shared by Robert Bowles and Samuel F Brown III, is as sumptuous as it gets, with strings, horns, mandolins - even unnecessary mandolins - and it's just fantastic progressive soul, Or baroque soul at the very least. The hits are all over this, including "One Night Affair", an urgent, strutting classic. The opener, "What's So Good About It (You're My Baby)" is just an epic of cool time changes, wild string bursts, and as it is throughout this album, urgent, funky drums. Check it out one LP worth of tunes at a time, and it might end up your favorite double LP ever.

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