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Butler, Marty - 1982 Marty Butler

ARTIST: Butler, Marty
ALBUM: Marty Butler
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Marty Butler - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Looks Like Love This Time * 02 Take Another Look * 03 Here We Are Again * 04 Paperback Man * 05 Save A Little Love For Me * 06 I'll Cry Like A Man In Love * 07 The Morning After * 08 Saying Goodbye To My Heart * 09 I Still Love You * 10 Love Is Gonna Make It Right

Canadian Marty Butler was better known as a songwriter during his formative years. From Montreal, Marty grew up during the rock n roll era, and was a member of The Scepters during the mid 1960's, but his talents seemed to lie in penning hits for others. In the early 70's, Butler was signed to a deal with Columbia, and during that decade released a spate of low-key singles, plus two full-length LP's in 1972 and 1973. By 1978, he had moved on to a new label called WAM Records, but his 1982 album for RCA is what draws us into this effort: 'Marty Butler', which is a little gem for those of you into West Coast/AOR. If you're into Greg Guidry, Dan Seals, Jesse Colin Young.. that sort of thing.

The Songs
It's not clear who played on the LP, though Marty's Toronto based songwriting partner Bob Bilyk contributes to most of the songs, though Wrabit and Cats Can Fly keyboardist Lou Pomanti wrote 'Paperback Man'. The album is maybe a touch too top-loaded with ballads. Of the ten tracks, half of them are ballads. These include: 'Here We Are Again', 'Save A Little Love For Me', 'The Morning After', 'I Still Love You' and 'Love Is Gonna Make It Right'. When Marty increases the tempo and energy, his songs come to life. 'Looks Like Love This Time' and the single 'Take Another Look' are suitably placed as the two lead-off tracks, both aimed squarely at the radio market. The aforementioned 'Paperback Man' also has melodic merits, it has a terrific chorus too. 'I'll Cry Like A Man In Love' is a punchy, regimented radio rocker which is pretty good despite the long-winded song-title. 'Saying Goodbye To My Heart' will appeal to fans of England Dan and John Ford Coley. The orchestration takes you straight back to the 70's.

In Summary
Despite a single from this LP, Marty Butler did not progress beyond a solitary effort for RCA, which was a shame, as judging by the material here, things could've been very interesting if a second album were to be recorded. Still considered to be one of Canada's underrated songwriters, Butler passed away in February 1995, but leaves behind a legacy of great tunes from a bygone era.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on November 13 2016 19:18:53
Pretty good album. Bought the album in Canada couple years ago.
#2 | dangerzone on November 16 2016 03:29:56
I was looking for this online when I found I had a copy already from years back and totally forgotten about. Decent album, reminds me a bit of Rupert Holmes as well as the other accurate reference points.
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