I write from Johannesburg, South Africa. I recently ordered Les McCann Plays the Truth CD from Amazon. It has not left my CD player in the car since then. Back in the late 60s, early 70s my four elder brothers were into all kinds of music genres, including Jazz. I was about 11 or twelve when my second eldest brother bought THE TRUTH record version. Young as I was, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole album. The years have rolled on, we have all grown up, and have moved on. Yet the music we used to listen to growing up,continues to live on in our memories.
Recently as I reminisced (which i do more often, being over 50 now), the tunes from Les McCann came to mind, and were so forceful that I got into Amazon's website, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the CD was available (three or four years ago, I could not find the CD on Amazon, hence the surprise). I immediately place an order.
Over forty years later, Les' CD still sounds great, brings back memories of how we made life work, despite living in apartheid South Africa. We have survived Apartheid, thanks largely to artists like Les whose music helped us to cope, to have hope and the ability to smile through the repressive system that has since been overrun.