This Is It! More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1963-77 Various Artists (Songwriter Series)


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Some years have passed since “The Sweetest Feeling”, Kent’s first dip into the catalogue of the late Van McCoy, was issued to acclaim from soul fans all over the world. Back then we made a promise that, should sales warrant a second volume, we would release one. Well, it’s taken a while for it to come together – nine years, in fact – but we are delighted to finally bring you that long-promised follow-up, “This Is It!”
As we promised in the notes to the previous set, the accent this time is predominantly on the upbeat. “This Is It!” collects a significant number of Van’s biggest and rarest 60s/Northern Soul favourites, multiple modern-crossover treats from the 70s and, for balance, a few slower opportunities to get their breath back for those who mostly like to dance but occasionally like to listen. Although the inevitable licensing issues prevented us from securing a couple of tracks we would like to have included, we feel certain that everyone who loves the work of Van McCoy will be more than happy with the contents.
As well as Northern and modern rarities by the likes of Sandi Sheldon, Kenny Carlton, the Vonettes and Bill Harris, among others, “This Is It!” also contains several of Van’s most commercially successful songs and productions, including Melba Moore’s title track and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ UK chart monster ‘Baby Don’t Change Your Mind’. Several artists featured here, including the Spellbinders, Chris Bartley, the Ad Libs and Brenda and the Tabulations, are indelibly associated with Van, having spent most of their careers working with him.
It’s been 40 years this summer since Van succumbed to a fatal heart attack, at the age of just 39. Van may have left us a long time ago but his timeless music never will, and here are 24 more of the very best examples of “Van McCoy Magic”.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Lost And Found - Kenny Carlton

  • 02 Preview The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven - Chris Bartley

  • 03 Preview You're Gonna Make Me Love You - Sandi Sheldon

  • 04 Preview Hard Way To Go - The Exciters

  • 05 Preview I Wanna Love You So Bad - Bobby Reed

  • 06 Preview Gonna Be Ready - Betty Everett

  • 07 Preview We're In This Thing Together - Peaches & Herb

  • 08 Preview Baby, I Miss You - The Spellbinders

  • 09 Preview Abracadabra - Erma Franklin

  • 10 Preview Wait Till I Get You In My Arms - Major Lance

  • 11 Preview Just In The Nick Of Time - Toni Lamarr

  • 12 Preview Touch My Heart - The Vonettes

  • 13 Preview Mister DJ - Francine Barker

  • 14 Preview Ain't It Funny What Love Can Do - Kenny Young

  • 15 Preview Show A Little Appreciation - The Ad Libs

  • 16 Preview Where Did You Learn To Make Love The Way You Do (Album Version) - Sharon Ridley

  • 17 Preview Little Bit Of Love - Brenda & The Tabulations

  • 18 Preview If I Don't Love You - The Choice Four

  • 19 Preview Memories And Souvenirs - Laura Greene

  • 20 Preview You're My Peace Of Mind - Faith Hope & Charity

  • 21 Preview Baby Don't Change Your Mind - Gladys Knight & The Pips

  • 22 Preview Am I Cold, Am I Hot - Bill Harris

  • 23 Preview Everything's Coming Up Love - David Ruffin

  • 24 Preview This Is It - Melba Moore

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