"The Awakening" is a diverse album marked by romantic ballads, chunky dance tracks and even a fusion instrumental. The single, “Remote Control,” is a vibrant piece of dance music with Otis Jr. ‘s steady rhythm guitar, catchy ensemble vocals and Mark’s smooth tenor gliding over a powerful rhythm track. “Remote Control” sets the tone for The Reddings’ other strong party songs “Funkin’ On The One,” “It’s Friday Night,” and “Doin’ It.” On everyone of these songs Dexter’s energetic lead bass lines and the trio’s graceful harmonies again and again show the Reddings’ great innate musical talent in action.
With four successful albums behind them in nearly as many years, and despite the fact that they were in the beginning throes of the bitter end of the band, Heatwave brought their fifth album, Current, to bear in 1982 and scored another Top 30 U.S. hit to boot. With producer Barry Blue again at the helm and with another clutch of Rod Temperton-penned songs behind their substantial R&B chops, Heatwave was able to add one final feather to a cap that history continues to seriously underrate.
During their most commercially successful years, Heatwave were a band that crossed many borders, laying claim to such international hits as Boogie Nights, Too Hot To Handle, The Groove Line, Eyballin’, and Always And Forever, all having a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. Heatwave’s fourth album, Candles, saw Johnnie Wilder Jr take on the producers role alongside James Guthrie, best known for his work with Pink Floyd, returning to work with Heatwave since serving as an engineer on both Too Hot To Handle and Central Heating.
During their most commercially successful years, Heatwave were a band that crossed many borders, laying claim to such international hits as Boogie Nights , Gangsters Of The Groove, Too Hot To Handle, The Groove Line and Always And Forever, all having a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic. The members of Heatwave hailed from all over the Globe, making this group a truly international act in every sense and contributing to their unique and highly influential sound.
Released by Funky Town Grooves in 2010 through EMI, this release combines the third and fourth albums by Brass Construction, which were originally issued, respectively, in 1977 and 1978. They were not among the band's best releases, but they did generate four charting singles, namely the Top 20 R&B hit "L-O-V-E-U," as well as "Celebrate," "Help Yourself," and "Get Up." There's a handful of solid album cuts, the best of which is the earlier album's "Top of the World," a jam that contains a wild guitar solo and an incredible breakdown. Casual fans should seek out either The Best of Brass Construction: Movin' & Changin' or Classic Masters.
's lone effort reunites the singer with producer , whose mid-'70s dates for effectively launched her solo career. proves some distance removed from the jazz-funk context of their previous collaborations, however, instead couching 's potent vocals in a slickly commercial, radio-friendly setting that casts neither artist nor producer in a positive light.
's 2010 two-fer combines 's final two albums for : 1977's and 1978's , both co-productions with .
Broadcast is the debut album from the English pop/rock band Cutting Crew, released in 1986. It reached #16 on the US charts and #41 on the UK charts. The album was released in Europe with different packaging 8 months before it was released in America. For the American version, 4 tracks were remixed ("Any Colour", "One for the Mockingbird", "I've Been in Love Before" and "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), all of which were the singles from the album. The current American CD in print is the European version but with the American packaging. It was the first album to be released in the United States by Virgin Records' new American imprint, Virgin Records America.
Through his work in Thin Lizzy, Ultravox and of course Band Aid, Midge Ure became a household name in the UK. So, when he launched his solo career it was to immediate success with the No 1 hit single "If I Was", taken from the similarly successful No 2 debut album The Gift. This edition is a brand new digital remaster of the album, complete with a bonus disc containing 15 bonus tracks, alternate mixes and live tracks (three of which are previously unreleased).