A funky classic from Galt MacDermot! The record is Galt’s score for the blacksploitation film that starred Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St Jacques — and it’s a mix of vocal and instrumental tunes that takes off from the sound of his late 60s work. Melba Moore sings on a few cuts — and others have lyrics sung by George Tipton, Sakinah, Leta Galloway, and Denise Dillpena, mostly in a early 70s pop soul sort of mode. The instrumentals are actually the best bits, though — with those odd little rhythms that Galt could hit when he really wanted to! Titles include “Man In Distress”, “Harlem Medley”, “Black Enough”, “Stockyard”, “Deke”, “Ed & Digger”, “Coffin Ed & Gravedigger”, and “Harlem By Day”.
Galt Macdermot-COTTON COMES TO HARLEM (1970)