The legendary soul and dance group are back with new music from their first album in over three decades.
The group Change were one of the most successful post-disco dance/soul groups in the late seventies and early eighties. Famous for their hits ‘The Glow of Love’ and ‘Searching’, the group is arguably most famous for helping to launch the career of a young Luther Vandross.
Change was the brainchild of DJ Jacques Fred Petrus, who worked with producers Mauro Malavasi and Davide Romani to craft a new sound in soul with the demise of disco.These Italians combined with the best American talent in New York City they could find, including Vandross and Jocelyn Brown.
Change’s debut album in 1980 The Glow of Love was a major hit in post-disco America, featuring not only ‘The Glow of Love’ and ‘Searching’ but also ‘A Lover’s Holiday’ and “Angel In My Pocket’. Eight more albums followed, featuring more excellent dance tracks such as ‘You Are My Melody’ and ‘Change of Heart’. The group’s album Turn On Your Radio was their last, and the band came to an end with the death of Petrus. But now, the group is back and they’re sounding as fresh as ever.
Malavasi and Romani have reunited to produce their new album Love 4 Love which is slated for a September release. The first single from the album ‘Hit or Miss’ came out last Friday, and it’s safe to say the Italian duo haven’t lost their ability to create excellent mid-tempo grooves.
According to the description in the YouTube video:
“After 33 years the album “Love 4 Love” is out, a masterpiece album containing 9 brand new compositions produced by Davide Romani and Mauro Malavasi and masterly interpreted by the singer Tanya Michelle Smith, plus a cover and several original hits completely revisited. This new album has retained the sophistication in the compositions and arrangements, but very modern in sound. The realization of this new work lasted two years, with the collaboration of Stefano Colombo, Elio Baldi Cantù, Camillo Corona and many other musicians. “Hit Or Miss”, the song that opens the album, is the first single and contains a special guest musician on guitar … Maurizio “Sangy” Sangineto from ‘Firefly'”.
Let’s hope the rest of the album sounds just as good.