The Impressions – Their Complete Vee-Jay Recordings

ARTIST: The Impressions          impressions vj

TITLE:  Their Complete Vee-Jay Recordings

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Charting: For Your Precious Love (#11, #3 R&B), Come Back My Love (#29 R&B)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really, no

LINEUP: Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks, Arthur Brooks

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Early work from the long-standing soul vocal group – this features original lead singer Jerry Butler and focuses mostly on their ballad work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: “For Your Precious Love” was one of the classics in the doo-wop era, and rightfully it propelled the Impressions and Jerry Butler’s career. It’s sublime and elegant, and doesn’t focus on many tropes that vocal groups relied on in that era.

Still, follow-up records didn’t do much, and Butler got an offer to split, so he did. Curtis Mayfield helped Butler with his solo career, made some bank, and got the Impressions back on track with his vision of 60’s soul.

Had the Impressions not been such an important group, I probably would have made this a quick hitter. Nothing else really stands out and they do get formulaic after a while, though Mayfield’s guitar work does stand out a bit. For a non doo-wop junkie, you can pass on most.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were originally The Roosters.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. 

GRADE: C: They really get formulaic and stuck in the sleepy ballad mode for a long time. I exiled most of this.

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