Diamond Touch

Diamond Touch

by George McCrae

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Diamond Touch

Diamond Touch is a fitting title for George McCrae's third album, as the artist showcased here isn't really the singer, it's producer Gregg Diamond. He was riding high on the success of Andrea True's "More More More" when he was hired to helm McCrae's third album, as the singer's original producers Harry Casey and Richard Finch were too busy with their own project, KC & the Sunshine Band. So, McCrae left Miami for New York and Diamond Touch does bear all the sparkling neon nightlife attributes of the Big Apple, downplaying the sun-spangled bounce of "Rock Your Boat," downplaying even McCrae himself. This is a producer's record through and through, with McCrae's voice run through phasers and pushed back into the mix, but the bigger deal is that the sound isn't very Miami: it pulses to the rhythms of N.Y.C., filled with hiccupping bass and splash cymbals. As a disco record, it's good -- sometimes very very good -- and it's telling that the best moments are the ones when McCrae isn't particularly prominent ("Love in Motion," "Givin' Back the Feeling," "Cut the Rug," all singles), because these are the moments when Gregg Diamond can strut his stuff, expanding on the glitz of "More More More" and creating an insistent party. Despite the artistic success here, Diamond Touch didn't do much on the charts -- it could be that the shift in sound did not appeal to McCrae fans and it never cracked the Billboard 200 -- but it remains something of an underappreciated little record, saved by BBR's 2013 reissue, which is the first time it has ever shown up on CD and contains single versions of "Love in Motion" and "Givin' Back the Feeling."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2013
Label: Big Break
UPC: 5013929051034
catalogNumber: 2905103
Rank: 144459

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George McCrae   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Art Baron   Trombone
Godfrey Diamond   Percussion
Peter Ecklund   Trumpet
Joe Ferguson   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Love   Guitar
Brad Baker   Strings
Marty Rodriguez   Drums,Background Vocals
Robert Geiger   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Gregg Diamond   Percussion,Piano
Robert Duarte   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals,Kalimba
Dennis Sierra   Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Sitar
Tony Pasch String Section   Strings
Steven Fineo   Piano,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Stephen Argy   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George McCrae   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Godfrey Diamond   Engineer
Norman Mershon   Composer
Gene Heimlich   Composer
Paul Bevoir   Logo Design
Chris Callis   Cover Photo
Stephen Fineo   Composer
Robert Geiger   Composer
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Richard Roth   Art Direction
Gregg Diamond   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
J. Matthew Cobb   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Malcolm McKenzie   Photo Scanning
Stephen Argy   Composer

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