The brothers TAVARES were at the top of their game in 1978 thanks to massive hits like ‘It Only Takes A Minute,’ ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’ and the Grammy-winning "More Than A Woman.”
For MADAM BUTTERFLY, their seventh album for Capitol, the brothers wanted to create a project that would mark a return to their soul/R&B roots: they worked with producer/arranger Bobby Martin, known for his Philly sessions with Thom Bell and Gamble & Huff. Based in L.A., Martin pulled together top writers of the day - including Sam Dees and the team of Grey & Hanks for the project.
The result was an album that was played almost in its entirety by U.S. R&B stations. The first single, ‘Never Had A Love Like This Before’ was a Top 5 R&B hit in advance of the release of MADAM BUTTERFLY. Highlights included ‘Let Me Heal The Bruises,’ ‘Straight From The Heart’ and the original version of ‘I’m Back For More’ (later recorded by Al Johnson).
Only available previously as a Japanese CD, this expanded edition of the much-loved MADAM BUTTERFLY album includes three bonus tracks and is part of the series of reissues by SoulMusic Records of great albums by Tavares including "In The City” (SMCR-5022), "Sky-High!” (SMCR-5023), "Supercharged” (SMCR-5045) and "Love Uprising” (SMCR-5065)
Notes by renowned U.S. writer Kevin Goins include quotes from 2012 interviews with Tiny Tavares and producer Bobby Martin for this reissue.
1. STRAIGHT FROM YOUR HEART
2. GAMES, GAMES
3. MADAM BUTTERFLY
4. LET ME HEAL THE BRUISES
5. NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE
6. ONE TELEPHONE CALL AWAY
7. MY LOVE CALLS
8. POSITIVE FORCES
9. I'M BACK FOR MORE
BONUS TRACKS :
10. NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE (US Capitol 12" single )
11. NEVER HAD A LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE (Instrumental) (US Capitol 12")
12. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART (US Capitol 7" single)