Chris Bartley Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven - A Golden Classics Edition

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  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Soul singer and guitarist Chris Bartley sang with the Soulful Inspirations and his own group, the Mindbenders, in the mid-'60s before embarking on a successful solo career. This album features his biggest hit, "The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven", which was produced and written by Van McCoy ("The Hustle") and reached #32 on the Pop charts in 1967.


  • 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

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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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He Could Have Sung With The Temptations Music Lover: from Gulfport, FL -- December, 6, 2017

If I were to choose almost any of the tunes from this CD and play it for a friend, those with average knowledge of pop music would think it was the Temptations - not only the voice, but the writing and arrangements. Perhaps that was Chris Bartley's problem in finding his place in the music business - it was already taken by a Motown group selling records by the millions. Chris has a very nice, smooth voice. He could easily have sung with the Tempts. Both his natural and falsetto voice pass the test.

There is one tune that starts off with the first few notes of a very familiar intro bass line and you will immediately think he is about to sing a cover of theirs...but at the last second, the notes change. However, the damage has been done. The song is just an average song is the Temps style. If he could have found his own style, perhaps his luck would have been different.

It certainly won't hurt to add this disc to your collection - or, you could just go back and listen to some music you almost certainly have in your collection already.

the sweetest thing this side of heaven Music Lover: from norlina, NC US -- March, 26, 2007

being a young airmen in love during the sixties this was one of the greatest songs a guy could have to remind him of his sweetheart back at still does the job if your memory does'nt slip.

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