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.
01: A LOVER’S HOLIDAY
02: THE GLOW OF LOVE (12” LONG VERSION)
03: ANGEL IN MY POCKET
06: HOLD TIGHT (LONG VERSION) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
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
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
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)
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)