Monday, October 20, 2014

"The Very Best in You" by Change

Song#:  1047
Date:  05/29/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  84
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After a couple successful albums, Change began to...well...change their music. They started to move away from their disco roots and focus more on R&B and funk. With Luther Vandross officially gone, the band issued their third LP, "Sharing Your Love." This first single was met with a shrug only getting to #16 at R&B and debuting/peaking at a lowly #84 at pop. It would be their final pop chart entry. Change would continue to release albums over the next few years and grab a few R&B chart entries, including 1984's "Change of Heart" (#7), but by 1985 the chart entries stopped. They officially closed up the band in 1986 with the death of Jacques Petrus. Petrus served as Change's executive producer and developed the group along with songwriter/producer Mauro Malavasi.

ReduxReview:  This subtle dance track is quite competent with a nice vocal turn by James Robinson. However, I don't find it very memorable. There is nothing here to make it stand out on radio. The shift in sound is nice, but they needed something far stronger to keep them on the radar.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  On this third LP, Deborah Cooper replaces Jocelyn Brown on vocals. Cooper later would work with the duo Clivilles & Cole (of C+C Music Factory) and would supply vocals on their double-sided single "A Deeper Love" (#44) and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (#54) - the latter being a remake of the U2 song. She also worked with C+C Music Factory and sang on the 1992 #1 dance track (#83 pop) "Keep it Comin' (Dance Till You Can't Dance No More)" which was included on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" soundtrack.


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