Half a Love

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Half a Love
Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released July 1975
Genre R&B, soul
Length 38:21
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
Toby
(1974)
Half a Love
(1975)
Happy Being Lonely
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Half a Love is the eighth album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced and largely written by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1975 on the Brunswick label.

History[edit]

Half a Love was the group's final album for Brunswick, which was in serious financial trouble by 1975. Half a Love contains only six new tracks, supplemented by four tracks from earlier Chi-Lites albums. Brunswick's problems meant that the album received minimal promotion in the US, where it could only reach #41 on the R&B chart. The only single release "It's Time for Love" likewise stalled in the lower reaches of both the pop and R&B charts, but did become a top 5 hit in the UK.

After the release of Half a Love, The Chi-Lites released three further non-album singles for Brunswick before leaving the company in 1976. Their final Brunswick release "You Don't Have to Go" passed by largely unnoticed in the US, but was a major 1976 summer hit in the UK where it became jointly the group's highest-charting single, matching the #3 position reached by "Have You Seen Her" over four years earlier. The 1999 Edsel Records reissue of Half a Love includes the final three singles as bonus tracks; they can also be found on the same company's 2004 UK-issue compilation The Complete The Chi-Lites on Brunswick Records: Volume 2.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Half-a-Love"   Teddy Randazzo, Victoria Pike, Iran Koster 2:48
2. "Here I Am"   Eugene Record, Chris Allen 3:45
3. "I Never Had It So Good (And Felt So Bad)"   Eugene Record, Stan McKenney 5:06
4. "Living in the Footsteps of Another Man"   Samuel Garner, James Smith 3:01
5. "When Temptation Comes"   Eugene Record 4:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "It's Time for Love"   Eugene Record 5:05
7. "Take a Trip to the Islands"   Eugene Record 3:20
8. "Go Away Dream"   Eugene Record, Stan McKinney 3:23
9. "I'm Not a Gambler"   Eugene Record 3:55
10. "Ain't Too Much of Nothin'"   Eugene Record 3:05
  • Tracks 3 & 8 originally released on Chi-Lites (1973)
  • Tracks 4 & 10 originally released on A Lonely Man (1972)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
[2]
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 41
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
1975 "It's Time for Love" 94 27
"Here I Am" 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Half a Love review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c "US Charts > The Chi-Lites". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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