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'.