Freddy Butler

Deserted / blank

Kapp Audio: 7" acetate

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  • Artist: Freddy Butler
  • A Side: Deserted
  • B Side: blank
  • Label: Kapp Audio
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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I'm just completely knocked-out, having this unissued 7" acetate in my hands, as Freddie Butler is one of my all-time favourite voices; and indeed his 1967 album on Kapp sitting in my top five fave 12" platters of choice.

"Deserted" was the last track on side "B" of his superlative 12 track Kapp album "With A Dab Of Soul". But everything Freddy recorded was always coated in so much more than just a "dab". As validated by this magnificently "cool" Detroit recording mid-tempo;

Guided by Jack Ashford and Joe Hunter and written by the man who taught Aretha Franklin the play the piano; Johnny Allen a highly talented arranger for various Motor City labels including Motown and in close association with the gifted Don Davis. Johnny writes these Soul/Jazz lyrics, Joe & Jack provided the heavenly unmistakable "Pied Piper" atmosphere, so ideal for Freddy's consummate vocal to freewheel his glorious velvet voice through. Decorated by celestial girls hanging aloft. Subtle drumming, tingling vibes, then the surprise addition of the male choir voices enriching the recording even further. The girls come back in, creating an irresistible contradiction in its "Pied Piper" makeup.

So very classy, it set my pulse-racing in adulation for all the team who have provided Northern Soul with some of its greatest moments.. for me this 7" acetate is yet another one!

Condition Report

Two clean studio labels, unblemished acetate playing surface, a strong mint minus throughout

A Side

  • Title: Deserted

    B Side

  • Title: blank
  • Year: 1967
  • City: 136 East 57th Street, New York City, New York