Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Revisiting 1979 "Madam Butterfly" By The Tavares Brothers

"Tavares (also known as The Tavares Brothers) are a American R&B, funk and soul music group, composed of five Cape Verdean-American brothers from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Madam Butterfly is the seventh album by American soul/R&B group Tavares, produced by Bobby Martin and released in 1979 on the Capitol label. By this stage in the group's career, they had become known as a disco act due to successful singles such as 'Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel', 'Whoduni' and 'More Than a Woman.' Madam Butterfly is however noted for its lack of anything approaching disco material, and as such is considered to be
more akin in style to the group's 1973-1975 albums than to their 1976-1978 Freddie Perren-produced output. 'Never Had a Love Like This Before', one of several slow jams on the album, became a top 5 R&B hit and has subsequently become a quiet storm classic, while tracks such as 'I'm Back for More' are more funk-based than listeners had come to expect from Tavares. Madam Butterfly performed respectably on the R&B chart, peaking at #13, but failed to achieve substantial sales in the crossover market. Its reputation has grown over the years and it is now considered among the group's best." [Source, Source]

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