Monday, September 28, 2009
Jerry Butler: Should I Stay or Shoul I Go?
Here are two tracks from a recent acquisition of mine. I'm not a huge Jerry Butler fan, but I generally flip over his records when digging through the stacks, mostly to find that album with the Method Man sample. This is not the one, but while scanning the back cover I saw two other names that I know and adore: Donny Hathaway and Terry Callier. Donny arranged "Sail Away" and Terry wrote "Windy City Soul." By this time in 1971, Donny was already on his way to fame and Terry was just getting started and both were probably honored to be working with Jerry Butler, Chicago soul royalty.
These two songs make for nice bookends as one longs for an escape from one's locale and the other is about a homecoming.
Jerry Butler - Sail Away
Jerry Butler - Windy City Soul