I guess you’d always expect a demo version to be a bit more unpolished and rough round the edges, but invariably this is the version people often prefer. Which is most definitely the case for me with today’s song.
Originally released in 1972 on Curtis Mayfield’s third album, Superfly, the early demo of the records opening song was initially known as Little Child, Runnin’ Wild. Compared to the album version, the Ghetto Child demo is more stripped back and free from stringed embellishments, but that’s what makes it so much more mean and raw.
The demo version is about as funky as it comes with its clean soul-psych guitar and heavy bass-driven dream rhythm and whereas the album version is very much locked into the 70’s with its early disco sound, the demo is free from the restraints of time…. Check out the demo above and the album version below.