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A Catalogue to Last, Always and Forever

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Here’s some under-the-radar, in-case-you-missed-it news concerning the discography of Heatwave, the multi-national soul/disco group famed for killer cuts like “Boogie Nights” and “Always and Forever.” It looks like these records are getting their due on CD thanks to two indie labels, with one title already available and another few on the way.

First up, Edsel U.K. has combined and released a double-disc set comprising their first two LPs, Too Hot to Handle (1976) and Central Heating (1978). Both records were Top 5 R&B and Top 20 Pop hits and spun off hits like “Boogie Nights,” “Always and Forever” and “The Groove Line.” The set features six B-sides and original dance remixes plus new liner notes featuring an interview with the band’s original producer, Barry Blue.

Jumping ahead, it looks like Big Break Records (another U.K.-based label owned by the Cherry Red Group) is prepping a reissue of the band’s final work, Current (1982). The band looked considerably different; for starters, keyboardist Rod Temperton had left (though he still wrote almost every song for the group, not to mention a handful of cuts on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and Thriller LPs). Plus, following several unfortunate accidents, original bassist Mario Mantese had been replaced by Derek Bramble (later the co-producer of David Bowie’s Tonight) and founding member Johnnie Wilder, having been paralyzed in an auto accident, could only do so much in the studio, prompting the addition of several guest vocalists. Still, the band put together a powerful disc to close their career, and BBR promises to honor that with a remastered version of the record bolstered by in-depth liner notes and three bonus cuts. Look for the reissue of Current on August 10.

Order Too Hot to Handle/Central Heating here (no pre-order info for Current yet – the label’s Web site and/or Facebook page will likely have order info as it comes), and take a look at the sets after the jump.Heatwave, Too Hot to Handle/Central Heating (Edsel EDSD2081, 2010)

Disc 1 – Too Hot to Handle (originally released as Epic PE 34761 (U.S.)/GTO GTLP 013 (U.K.), 1976)

  1. Too Hot to Handle – 3:44
  2. Boogie Nights – 5:03
  3. Ain’t No Half-Steppin’ – 5:09
  4. Always and Forever – 6:14
  5. Super Soul Sister – 3:56
  6. All You Do is Dial – 4:11
  7. Lay It on Me – 3:16
  8. Sho’nuff Must Be Luv – 4:05
  9. Beat Your Booty – 3:00
  10. Special Offer (U.K. B-side to “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” – GTO GT 59, 1976)
  11. Boogie Nights (7″ Edit) – 3:56 (single A-side – Epic 8-50370 (U.S.)/GTO GT 76 (U.K.), 1976)
  12. Slip Your Disc to This (U.K. B-side to “Too Hot to Handle” – GTO GT 91, 1977)
  13. Boogie Nights (Special Disco Version) – 4:49 (12″ promo A-side – Epic 28-50371, 1976)

Disc 2 – Central Heating (originally released as Epic JE 35260 (U.S.)/GTO GTLP 027 (U.K.), 1977)

  1. Put the Word Out – 6:36
  2. Send Out for Sunshine – 4:28
  3. Central Heating – 4:46
  4. Happiness Togetherness – 4:00
  5. The Groove Line – 4:20
  6. Mind Blowing Decisions – 4:46
  7. The Star of a Story – 5:46
  8. Party Poops – 3:51
  9. Leavin’ for a Dream – 3:23
  10. Mind Blowing Decisions (Extended Remixed Version) (U.K. B-side to “Always and Forever” – GTO GT 236, 1977)
  11. The Groove Line (Extended Version) – 7:28 (12″ promo A-side – Epic 28-50541, 1978)

Heatwave, Current: Expanded Edition (Big Break Records CDBBR0010, 2010 – originally released as Epic 38065 (U.S.)/EPC 85812 (U.K.), 1982)

  1. Lettin’ It Loose – 4:20
  2. State to State – 4:57
  3. Look After Love – 5:33
  4. Naturally – 4:34
  5. The Big Guns – 5:12
  6. Find It in Your Heart – 4:38
  7. Hold on to the One – 5:58
  8. Mind What You Find – 6:14
  9. Lettin’ It Loose (12″ Extended Version) – 6:30 (12″ promo A-side – Epic 49-02936, 1982)
  10. Look After Love (7″ Single Edit) (single A-side – Epic 14-03198, 1982)
  11. Mind What You Find (12″ Extended Version) – 6:55 (12″ promo B-side – Epic 49-02936, 1982)

Written by Mike Duquette

June 29, 2010 at 10:39

Posted in Heatwave, News, Reissues

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  1. Hopefully “Hot Property” and “Candles” will see a reissue as well through some channels.

    RoyalScam

    June 29, 2010 at 15:57

  2. In August, all five Heatwave albums will be reissued as mini-LPs in Japan. I’m not sure if they’re remastered or they have bonus tracks.

    Kym

    June 30, 2010 at 00:02

  3. […] these sets and reissues overseen by Big Break and Demon earlier this year, we can gladly report that the Heatwave catalogue has now been fully remastered and expanded for […]


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