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Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven

  • 1. Gotta Tell Somebody
    2. Sittin' Pretty
    3. Baby It's Wonderful
    4. That's How Much I Love You
    5. Hooked on You
    6. I'll Be Loving You
    7. Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven
    8. Sugar Baby
    9. You Get Next to My Heart
    10. For You
    11. My Baby
    12. Thanks for Loving Me
    13. Love Me Baby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5590

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Chris Bartley.
    A CD clone of Chris Bartley's 1967 LP on Van McCoy's Vando Records. Collectables Records tacked the extra song "Love Me Baby" on to make it a baker's dozen with McCoy writing and producing every track. Bartley scored the first time out with "Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven," a lilting beauty caressed by Bartley's flowery falsetto. The follow-up, the Motown-ish, formulaic "Baby It's Wonderful," flopped, though it probably sounded like a straight hit in the recording studio booming from those big speakers. He's better on "You Get Next to My Heart," the third single, the lilting "Sittin' Pretty," where he displays a honey soaked false voice, and "Hooked on You," a hard-edged up-tempo number where he sings natural and falsetto. Oozing with love is a remake of the Spellbinders' "For You," one of McCoys' best floaters; the up-tempo "Gotta Tell Somebody (About My Baby)" shows he can jam with the right material. Regardless of the tempo, Bartley's always depicted as a love-struck romantic. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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