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Best Of Jerry Butler (Vee Jay)

LP (Item 38117) Vee Jay, Early 60s — Condition: Used

Nice compilation of tracks that features some fine (and famous) moments from one of our favorite Chicago soul singers, recorded for the Vee Jay label, when they were one of the leading lights on music row. Most of these songs are pretty had to get a hold of on vinyl any more, and though the package is a bit low budget, this is still a great set of some of the Ice Man's best numbers. Tracks include "He Will Break Your Heart", "For Your Precious Love", "Find Another Girl", "Couldn't Go To Sleep", "Aware Of Love", "Come Back My Love", "Rainbow Valley", "I'm A Telling You", "Gift Of Love", and "Where Do I Turn". (Rainbow label pressing, with address sticker. Cover has mostly split seams and a split spine.)  © 1996-2018, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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