Mary McCreary – 1973 – Butterflies In Heaven

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Righteous vocals from Mary McCreary  recorded here with some equally righteous help from DJ Rogers! Rogers handles production and helps with arrangements on the set and he does a great job of pulling Mary away from some of the more cliched modes of the Shelter label  helping her perfectly balance more spiritual roots with smoother 70s soul, in that perfect mix that DJ always hit with his own great records.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Shelter Records LP including covers.

A1   My Soul Is Satisfied (4:42)
A2   Can You Catch Me (2:00)
A3   Jessie And Bessie (2:14)
A4   God Is Always Near (3:36)
A5   Evil Woman (2:53)
B1   Butterflies In Heaven (2:22)
B2   Rudi Poot (3:13)
B3   My Love Is Real (2:22)
B4   Mirror (4:20)

Here’s a hard-to-find SOUL SISTER LP – from the lady you might remember as the wife of Leon Russell. “After Sylvester Stewart adopted the name Sly Stone, he formed The Stones in 1966. Then Sly changed the name to Sly & The Family Stone. Both groups included Cynthia Robinson, Freddie Stone, Larry Graham, Greg Errico, Jerry Martini, and Rosie Stone. Sly Stone, also, created a backup vocal group called Little Sister which included Vet Stone, Eva Mouton, and Mary Mc Creary.

Between 1971 and 1972 Mary toured and recorded with major recording artists. Mary’s debut solo album Butterflies in Heaven was released in 1973, when she signed with Shelter Records under Mary Rand / McCreary. 1974 was a busy year for Mary McCreary, as she released her second solo album on Shelter Records, Jezebel and she also recorded with Leon Russell on the album Will O the Wisp. In 1975 Mary and Leon Russell released The Wedding Album,and were the Musical Guest on Saturday Night Live May 15 1976. Followed by Make Love To The Music in 1977. Mary Russell released her third solo album, Heart of Fire, in 1978 on Warner Bros Records. In 1980 Mary accompanied Bob Dylan on the Saved Tour. Mary Rand released her CD “Still Together” in 2005. She is Currently putting the finishing touches on her upcoming CD “Love and Praise ” which will be out around Christmas 2008

You can buy Mary McCreary’s vinyl albums here, or here and listen the only available video on youtube : “Soothe Me“.

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  • jahcisco
    Posted at 22:25h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 23:18h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks for this one Nikos!! Looks Great!!

  • FuNkAdeLiC
    Posted at 00:26h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Thanx 4 this 1…much appreciated

  • manny
    Posted at 04:14h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • JazzyPier
    Posted at 04:10h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Very very thanks for this one, i had it, but i sold….uhm


  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 05:40h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Sweet!! Thank you!

  • pusher
    Posted at 06:38h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    soulful stuff on this one. thanks!

  • JTF
    Posted at 07:13h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    They don’t make ’em like this anymore… albums, or women!

  • Samuel
    Posted at 12:52h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Can’t wait to check this joint out. Good looking out yet again.

  • hooch
    Posted at 13:30h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos!

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 13:38h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Mant thanks for this one.

    Never heard of it.

  • Unnerholm
    Posted at 14:10h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Nikos, once again your selection amazes me.
    I’ve been hunting down this for a while, ever since I heard about the Sly-produced Little Sister (would love any recordings by them too!!). The youtube cut sounds like a mix of Minnie Riperton and Alicia Keys – Looking forward to the whole album.

  • k02
    Posted at 14:34h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you Nikos.

  • William S
    Posted at 16:04h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Another Shelter gem with DJ Rogers on production. Great voice!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 16:59h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much Nikos.

  • Eric
    Posted at 21:18h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Another great classic from the best vinyl blog on the web. Seriously, this is the best blog. I look forward to new stuff every week.

  • rich
    Posted at 01:19h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    this one is new to me never heard of her but cant wait to hear this album thank u nikos great info too

  • Darco
    Posted at 01:44h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you! your work is appreciated and respected!

  • MagicSoul
    Posted at 08:35h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    yeah, nikos, thats what i call a supadupa post…got this 1 as a average rip, and it took me a long time to get it. But u provide it in even better quality , and for every1, thats very generous and its so appreciated…in my opinion, you R the man, got a awesome high quality blog, much respect. !!!!!!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 12:08h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    Is this strictly a soul record, a rock record, or what? Pretty much a sole record, a unique bond that stands solid and strong and sounds as great as the sum of its parts. A record of originals (beautiful Mary…) all cut in an old church in Tulsa-Oklahoma, Leon’s hometown, that he along with partner Denny Cordell had turned it into a studio. A true southern sound and a bunch of great musicians in Chuck Rainey, Andy Newmark, David T. Walker, Mary herself… and so on. And yes, I can clearly see what “Shelter” means… Away from the numbers.

  • silk
    Posted at 14:20h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    We have to look better on the Shelter catalogue. Both Mary and DJ Rogers albums are superb.

  • J2X
    Posted at 18:21h, 30 November 2008 Reply


  • Fame
    Posted at 21:48h, 30 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks a million for this one!

  • Star
    Posted at 00:08h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Although i think this one is just mediocre soul I am very grateful for your hard work and your great stuff here .. … thank u

  • trag
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    I don’t even know how many times I’ve passed on this album, thinking that it was not good. Sounds like I was wrong. Now, it’s hard to find. Damn!!!

  • Keith
    Posted at 03:58h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    That was great. Thanks for posting it.

  • polly-esther
    Posted at 04:32h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Amazing share, Nikos, like always.
    What a gem, full of soul and vivid feelings.

    Great Thanks!

  • flageolette
    Posted at 05:06h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks a lot,Nikos!



  • Terry McCreary
    Posted at 10:54h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Didn’t know I had such Beautiful & Talented Relatives!!

  • Don
    Posted at 11:56h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Amazing 70’s southern soul. Mary is a beauty.

  • Camel
    Posted at 21:28h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Had no idea! thanks cause i love it.

  • Chris
    Posted at 04:19h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    I got this joint on wax!!! It’s a pleasure to have it now in the iTunes!!! Peace and Thx

  • Chad Young
    Posted at 08:24h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Dude111

  • Barry
    Posted at 10:00h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    Wonderful piece of music.

  • yodasbestmate
    Posted at 12:50h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    love the southern… great work nikos!


  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 22:56h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    think imma peep this one today, I kinda like the utube post on it, im sure the rest of the album will be enjoyable, plus with DJ Rogers in there it’s gotta be sweet, I’ve always liked his work….thx for this one bruh!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 18:14h, 06 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the post Nikos!

  • analog6
    Posted at 01:51h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    Very nice. Thanks.

  • johnv
    Posted at 06:55h, 25 January 2009 Reply

    Stellar as always, thanks Nikos!

  • Carlos
    Posted at 16:18h, 03 August 2009 Reply

    I have not long discovered your wonderful site and feel like i have missed out on some great music.Your fab pick has narrowed down some fantastic music like this one by Mary Mc Creary which i just love to play! Thank you very much for this.

  • atl_boi21
    Posted at 10:14h, 04 August 2009 Reply

    This is a great collection, i’ve never seen so many classics in one place. Keep up the great work.

  • greg
    Posted at 21:07h, 07 June 2010 Reply

    Cheers mate.
    Thanks for the spreading the wealth 🙂

  • howardUK
    Posted at 01:51h, 03 August 2010 Reply

    Would love to get an mp3 of the track “Butterflies in Heaven”. Is it available anywhere?

  • seb66
    Posted at 11:27h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    part don’t work
    no chance for up ??
    maybe so late
    thx for all

  • Nikos
    Posted at 12:09h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    The link in Rapidshare works fine. I checked it just a few minutes ago.

    please try it again

    I always keep my links alive as far as FMS is up!

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