Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"A Lover's Holiday" by Change

Song#:  0167
Date:  05/17/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  40
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Disco, Dance



Pop Bits:  Change was a studio group formed by Jacques Fred Petrus and Maruo Malavasi in 1979. Petrus took care of business and executive duties while Malvasi did most of the songwriting and production work. Typically, the music would be recorded in Italy and then taken to New York where vocals would be recorded. Although they didn't have great success on the pop chart (this would be their biggest hit), they did light up the dance chart and hit #1 with their Chic-inspired sound. This helped their debut album "The Glow of Love" go gold.

ReduxReview:  As they might have said on American Bandstand during the Rate-a-Record segment, "it's got a good beat and I can dance to it. I'd give it a 72." In other words, I can see how this could light up the Studio 54 dance floor, but as a radio pop single, it's kind of boring. So you can snooze to it or dance to it; your choice.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  One vocalist that was with the group initially was a then-unknown Luther Vandross. He sang lead on the album's title track as well as "Searching." These two songs helped to establish Vandross as a lead singer and very soon he would strike out on a successful solo career. He was to also sing on Change's follow-up album, but due to contract disagreements Vandross refused to do any further lead vocal work and he was replaced. I think it worked out well for him.

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