Monday, 4 June 2018

George McCrae - George McCrae (1975)

It's been so long....

  

Released in 1975

George McCrae’s second album, from 1975, following his huge hit with “Rock Your Baby” the previous year again featured the musicians from KC & The Sunshine Band backing him. A great sound they make too, as always. Most of it is written by KC’s Casey and Finch and it was released on the JayBoy label.

TRACK LISTING 

1. Baby Baby Sweet Baby

2. You Treat Me Good
3. I Ain't Lyin'
4. You Got To Know
5. It's Been So Long
6. Honey I (I'll Live My Life For You)
7. Take This Love Of Mine
8. When I First Saw You
9. Sing A Happy Song                                

For those who criticise the sound on this remastered album - you are way off line. The sound, in my opinion is excellent, as it is on all these BBR remasters (Billy Paul, Harold Melvin, Three Degrees, KC & The Sunshine Band amongst others). Just listen to the bass and funky wah-wah guitar on the opener, “Baby Baby Sweet Baby” and the clavinet and bass on “You Treat Me Good”. Or that beautiful bass intro to “Honey (I’ll Live My Life For You)”. Not convinced? Oh dear. Secondly, someone has suggested these are re-recorded versions. That is simply not true. These BBR editions are all the original albums.

Also on here is George’s last big hit, the Northern Soul-ish horn-driven “It’s Been So Long”. Love that one. Always have done. Those first horn notes just take me right back to 1975. George’s voice at the end makes me all emotional.

“I Ain’t Lying” sounds just like KC, not surprisingly really, it is another Casey/Finch song. If you like KC, you will love all this album.

All in all, this is an enjoyable half an hour of typical 70s soul/upbeat funk.


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