George McCrae – Rock Your Baby (1974)
Forty years old and still as fresh as the day it was recorded – quite simply one of the best records ever made!
Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, this is rightly recognised as one of the founding documents of the disco era. The backing track for the record had been recorded in 45 minutes as a demo, and featured guitarist Jerome Smith of KC and the band but was not originally intended for George McCrae – however, he “happened to be in the studio”, added a vocal, and the resultant combination of infectious rhythm and falsetto vocals made it a hit!
The guitar chops on this are sublime, relentless and right up there with those used later by Nile Rodgers on his stunning series of songs with Chic, Sister Sledge, David Bowie, Daft Punk, etc.
The extended album version and then the original single from a TV performance – perfection!