Sun. Sep. 26, 2021

Change – Love 4 Love (Remix)

Single Of The Week: Change – Love 4 Love (Joey Negro Extended Mix)(Original Disco Culture)

‘Love 4 Love’… Say wot? On the heels of ‘Hit Or Miss’ which we warmly welcomed in our Top 10, here we go with nothing but the title cut of Change‘s last album. And what a blast it is. Not only on its original version. But also as reconstructed (with Love) by British Disco Don, Joey Negro. Therefore, no wonder as to how it also stands among the highlights of the soon to be released Digital Edition of his ‘Remixed With Love’ volume 3 compilation of the likes.

Sign of the man’s undeniable talent, his rework of ‘Love 4 Love’ brilliantly recaptures what the Change sound is about. With its outstanding vocal arrangements and some extra big ups to lead singer Tanya Michelle Smith. But also its lush strings over a jazzy piano along with a Boogie/Funk bass driven rhythm part. The whole recorded as usual in different places. From Matt Cooper (Incognito) on piano & keyboards and Tony Remy on guitar in Britain. To the rest, most likely in Italy…

Strangely enough, ‘Love 4 Love’ is not only what one might have expected / hoped to be comin’ from Change. It also reminds of the Chic sound and more precisely what Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards have done back in the day when crafting ‘Thinking Of You’ for Sister Sledge. Thus and somehow ironically as well quite miles away from what Nile Rodgers & Chic are about by the present time with tracks such as ‘Sober’ as its remixed version courtesy of Teddy Riley. Two different visions, I suppose…

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The end of the 70’s saw the establishment of a new team en route for worldwide recognition in the Disco/Funk circuit. On one hand, Jacques Fred Petrus, a French West Indies native who would act as an executive producer. And on the other, Mauro Malavasi, an Italian musician, songwriter, arranger and producer who crafted their sound in his Bologna-based studio. A song which he elaborated with bass player Davide Romani and guitarist Paolo Gianolio.

They started their collaboration back in 1978. Delivering no less than two albums. Respectively for Macho and Peter Jacques Band. With both of them in a typical Italian Disco vein.

1980 marked a big change for them artistically speaking. This with the arrival of Change‘s ‘The Glow Of Love’ album. An album which saw them defining a new standard and, in the meantime, a signature sound in the Disco/Funk circuit. With thanks to cuts such as ‘A Lover’s Holiday’ or ‘Angel In My Pocket’ featuring Jocelyn Brown. It also brought Luther Vandross to the first league with gems such as its title track and ‘Searching’. But also The B.B.& Q. Band (‘On The Beat’, ‘All Night Long’, ‘Starlette’). Then High Fashion (‘Feelin’ Lucky Lately’) or Zinc (‘Street Level’, ‘Punkulation’) to a lesser extend. And, last but not least, Ritchie Family (‘I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby)’)

Change released 6 albums between 1980 and 1985 and an impressive series of classics in the meantime. From ‘The Glow Of Love’ and ‘Searching’. To ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Heaven Of My Life’ and ‘The Very Best In You’. Not to mention ‘Change Of Heart’ and ‘You Are My Melody’ with production work courtesy of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. And, last but not least, the Nick Martinelli produced ‘Mutual Attraction’ back in 1985.

An accusation of tax evasion by the US Internal Revenue Service hit Petrus back in 1986. As a result, he put his activities on hold and fled to his native Guadeloupe. He got shot a few months after, in the late Spring of 1987, reportedly by a Swiss man whom he’d had a dispute with a few hours before at his owned club L’Elysée Matignon in Le Gosier…

Change eventually came to release an extra album – their seventh – back in 2010. But it was more of a collection that should have seen the light twenty years before.

2018 sees them back to the forefront along with Mauro Malavasi and Davide Romani, a new line-up of singers and musicians and a new album by the likes of ‘Love 4 Love’.

An effort comin’ up with all the ingredients that made Change sounding like no other back in the ealy 80’s. In other words, a stellar Disco/Funk approach. Itself enlightened by the presence of First League singers along with lush arrangements. This resulting in an impressive amount of goodies from ‘Hit Or Miss’ to ‘All My Life’. But also ‘Make Me Go Crazy’ in a vein somehow reminding of Bruno Mars‘ ’24K Magic’. These in addition to ‘Living In Your Love’, ‘How Will We’ and its title track with remixing work by the likes of Joey Negro. Not to mention a couple of remixes of classics such as ‘Searching’ and ‘Oh What A Feeling’ featuring respectively Luther Vandross and Deborah Cooper.

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