Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Some Changes Are for Good" by Dionne Warwick

Song#:  0642
Date:  06/20/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  65
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  After her second successful album with her new label home Arista ("No Night So Long," #23 LP, #23 pop title-track), Warwick issued her first solo live album in a decade. "Hot! Live and Otherwise" was a double-LP that featured three sides of live performances and one side of new studio recordings. The disc was not a major success, petering out at #72, and this first studio-track single didn't do well in promoting the album. A second attempt at a single with "There's a Long Road Ahead of Us" fared even worse and couldn't get on the chart.

ReduxReview:  Although not a bad tune, it's just another standard balls-out pop ballad that isn't really a standout. Warwick sounds as good as usual and belts it up, but it's kind of wasted on a paint-by-numbers song.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Warwick's first #1 pop hit came in 1974 in a duet with the Spinners. Produced by Thom Bell, "Then Came You" was not an initial favorite of Warwick's. She wasn't a fan of the song but Bell thought different. They apparently made a bet by ripping a dollar bill in half, signing a half, and exchanging the halves. Bell said if the song didn't hit #1, he's send her the other half. Well, guess who got half of a dollar bill sent to him with an apology on it...?


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