Having anthologized his '60s songbook with 1976's overdue long-player Positive-Negative, Grand Rapids, Michigan's Tommy McGee was eager to place something more modern into the marketplace.
Brass at Brunswick and MCA failed to hear a hit in McGee's sultry-yet-assured delivery of "Now That I Have You." Unable to find a home for the romantic anthem, McGee issued his 2-step masterpiece on his own TMG Records in 1981.
McGee would revisit the composition later in the decade, dressing the tune with drum machines and synthesizers for a run of 12-inch singles. However, this 45-only version from 1976 captures the progressive soul stepper at its most organic.