Chris Bartley, The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven (1967)
A (very) recent find, this. I knew about of Chris Bartley, had heard his voice – the title song is a classic – but the hook, really, was that this is a Van McCoy record; Van’s the man: arranger, producer, composer – I love his use of strings, his framing of Bartley’s sweet, sweet voice. Bartley answered an ad, pretty much; auditioned to be part of the deal. He got this album out of it – and that was surely enough. A beautiful record this.
Sample Track: The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven
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