Some news for the dis­co-lov­ing con­tin­gent: a new label called Groove Line Records will be issu­ing a dou­ble-CD anthol­o­gy devot­ed to the work of cult favorite dance music group Change. This group, mas­ter­mind­ed by Eurodisco pro­duc­er Jacques Fred Petrus pro­vid­ed an ear­ly suc­cess for Luther Vandross and went on to record albums and score club hits in the mid-80s. Reach For The Sky: The Change Anthology will col­lect all their hits and albums tracks, includ­ing sev­er­al in 7 and 12-inch mix­es, some rar­i­ties and a new remix by Mike Maurro. Read on for all the gor­geous “Glow Of Love” details, includ­ing a track list­ing and some excerpts of the music this set con­tains…

Grooveline Records release 

REACH FOR THE SKY: 

THE CHANGE ANTHOLOGY

on December 4th 2015

 

Reach for the Sky: The Change Anthology offers the very best of Change, the inno­v­a­tive stu­dio group mas­ter­mind­ed by Jacques Fred Petrus.

Change launched Luther Vandross’ solo career with the Top 20 U.K. hit Searching and the num­ber one dance clas­sic The Glow of Love.

This two disc, 28-track col­lec­tion spans the group’s six albums from 1980–1985 and includes every sin­gle that made the pop, R&B, and dance charts in the U.K. and U.S., plus an exclu­sive bonus remix of It’s A Girl’s Affair by Mike Maurro. Reach for the Sky fea­tures a 24-page book­let with rare pho­tos, plus new inter­views and a track-by-track com­men­tary by those who helped define Change’s biggest hits, includ­ing Jocelyn Brown (A Lover’s Holiday), Diva Gray (Paradise), James “Crabbe” Robinson (The Very Best In You), and Deborah Cooper (Change of Heart).

Newly remas­tered from the orig­i­nal mas­ters and adorned with Greg Porto’s icon­ic art­work through­out, includ­ing this release’s front cov­er (pre­vi­ous­ly only seen on the group’s 1984 Italian great­est hits LP sleeve) Reach for the Sky will lead Change lovers to par­adise.

 

Change-RFTS-covTRACKLISTING:

DISC 1

01: A LOVER’S HOLIDAY

02: THE GLOW OF LOVE (12” LONG VERSION)

03: ANGEL IN MY POCKET

04: SEARCHING

05: PARADISE

06: HOLD TIGHT (LONG VERSION) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

07: MIRACLES

08: HEAVEN OF MY LIFE

09: STOP FOR LOVE (SINGLE VERSION)

10: THE VERY BEST IN YOU

11: HARD TIMES (IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT)

12: KEEP ON IT (ALTERNATIVE MIX) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

13: SHARING YOUR LOVE (SINGLE VERSION)

14: PROMISE YOUR LOVE

 

DISC 2

01: THIS IS YOUR TIME

02: DON’T WAIT ANOTHER NIGHT

03: YOU’LL NEVER REALIZE (SINGLE VERSION)

04: MAGICAL NIGHT (SINGLE VERSION)

05: GOT TO GET UP (12” REMIX)

06: CHANGE OF HEART (U.S. 12” LONG VERSION)

07: IT BURNS ME UP (SINGLE VERSION)

08: YOU ARE MY MELODY

09: WARM

10: SAY YOU LOVE ME AGAIN

11: LET’S GO TOGETHER

12: MUTUAL ATTRACTION (12” REMIX)

13: OH WHAT A FEELING (U.K. PAUL HARDCASTLE 12” REMIX)

BONUS TRACK:

14: IT’S A GIRL’S AFFAIR (MIKE MAURRO DISCO REMIX)

 

WE ARE ONE, HAVING FUN”
CELEBRATING THE SEASONS OF CHANGE

 

 

Fred knew what he was doing when he came up with Change,” says Tanya Willoughby, who co-wrote some of Change’s ear­li­est chart-top­ping dance hits.  “He told me, Change rep­re­sents every­thing that’s new and it rep­re­sents the change in your pock­et. If you always keep change in your pock­et, you will have mon­ey.”  Petrus struck a gold mine with Change.  Though Petrus first emerged with stu­dio projects like Macho (I’m a Man, 1978), Peter Jacques Band (Fire Night Dance, 1979), and Revanche (Music Man, 1979), Change became the producer’s sig­na­ture group, the one that turned his Little Macho Music pro­duc­tion house into a cot­tage indus­try of irre­sistible hooks and rhythms.…..
CHANGE.  It’s one syl­la­ble that con­notes end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties.  In the lex­i­con of dance music, it’s a con­cept with a cast of thou­sands.  An untold num­ber of vocal­ists, musi­cians, song­writ­ers, arrangers, and pro­duc­ers trans­formed Change over the course of six albums from 1980–1985.  Masterminded by Jacques Fred Petrus, Change fil­tered the qual­i­ties that shaped New York’s vibrant dance music scene through an Italian sen­si­bil­i­ty that ulti­mate­ly spawned some of the funki­est music ever record­ed.….
Christian John Wikane (2015)