Billy Butler - Right Track (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Billy Butler
Title: Right Track
Genre: R&B, Soul, Chicago Soul, Uptown Soul
Label: © OKeh Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Billy Butler (born William E. Butler; June 7, 1945 – March 31, 2015) was an American soul singer and songwriter active in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was born in Chicago.
Butler was Jerry Butler's younger brother. He formed the vocal group the Enchanters while at high school. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1963, and was produced initially by Curtis Mayfield and later by Carl Davis. On early recordings he was backed by the Chanters, a renamed version of the Enchanters; other members were Errol Batts and Jesse Tillman. His first and biggest hit was 1965's "I Can't Work No Longer", which reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard Black Singles chart and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded in 1966, and after a minor solo hit with "The Right Track" he left Okeh. "The Right Track" is placed at number 11 in the Northern Soul Top 500.
Marginal, the import label of release for the lengthy, quasi-legal Nuggets series Soul Cargo, as well as an excellent Billy Stewart collection, did Chicago soul fans yet another favor with this collection, a bulked-up version of the former Right Track: The Very Best Of. Adding eight more tracks makes it function as a complete-on-Okeh compilation, featuring both sides of each single plus all of Billy Butler's 1966 LP Right Track. Thanks to his sweet voice and the songwriting/production expertise of Curtis Mayfield, Billy Butler's songs were right next to the Impressions in terms of quality, and quite a few of these ("Found True Love," "My Sweet Woman") haven't been anthologized as much as they deserve. Fans of the early Impressions as well as good-time Chicago soul perennials like Major Lance or Bob & Earl will find much to love here, including "(You Make Me Think) You Ain't Ready" and "(I've Got a Feeling) You're Gonna Be Sorry." The early singles are much more enjoyable than the album tracks; OKeh was aiming Butler at the same audience that picked up on Major Lance's "Monkey Time," resulting in a few novelties like "Boston Monkey." With just a few exceptions, though, Butler's recordings for OKeh were of a very high quality. --AllMusic Review by John Bush
1. Right Track 02:28
2. Can't Live Without Her 02:15
3. Found True Love 02:32
4. Boston Monkey 02:06
5. Tomorrow is Another Day 02:08
6. (I've Got a Feelin) You're Gonna Be Sorry 02:21
7. I Can't Work No Longer 02:25
8. Nevertheless 02:06
9. Gotta Get Away 02:15
10. (You Make Me Think ) You Ain't Ready 02:31
Billy Butler, vocals
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