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Jerry Butler: You and Me [Mercury, 1970]
Separated from Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff when they left Mercury, Butler Pursued His Own Artistic Interests by working with a songwriter's workshop on the South Side of Chicago, which is a lot better than Keith Relf or Richie Furay can claim. Unfortunately, this follow-up to G&H's The Iceman Cometh and Ice on Ice is lukewarm, and a big problem is the student songs--only Terry Callier's "Ordinary Joe" is more than professional, which ought to be the idea. B-