The Glow of Love

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The Glow of Love
Studio album by Change
Released April 1980
Recorded Fontoprint Studios, Bologna, Italy.
Power Station Studios, New York City
Media Sound Studios, New York City
Genre R&B, Soul, Disco
Length 38:09
Label Warner Bros., WEA
Producer Jacques Fred Petrus
Change chronology
The Glow of Love
(1980)
Miracles
(1981)
Singles from The Glow of Love
  1. "A Lover's Holiday" b/w "The End"
    Released: March 1980[1]
  2. "Searching" b/w UK: "Angel in My Pocket" / US: "It's A Girl's Affair"
    Released: July 1980[2]
  3. "The Glow of Love" b/w "It's A Girl's Affair"
    Released: October 1980[3]

The Glow of Love is the debut studio album by the Italian/U.S. ensemble Change. It was released in 1980 and reached number twenty-nine on the US Billboard Album Chart[4] and ten on the US Billboard Black Albums chart.[4] The Glow of Love includes the singles "A Lover's Holiday", "Searching" and "The Glow of Love".

The band recorded the songs for album at Fontoprint Studios, Bolognia, Italy. The songs were then taken to Power Station Studios, New York City for the recording of the vocals. "Searching" and the title track were recorded and mixed at Media Sound Studios, New York. The sessions were then mastered at Sterling Sound Studios. Receiving positive reviews the album was originally released as an LP in April 1980. The artwork was designed and illustrated by Greg Porto.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (B+)[6]

The Glow of Love received positive reviews from the majority of critics. Alex Henderson writing retrospectively for Allmusic awarded the album 4.5 stars describing it as a disco/R&B masterpiece[5] and Change's most essential album.[5] Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' Chic sound is noted as a heavy influence but Henderson argues that knowledgeable disco and R&B enthusiasts knew better; Change wasn't a carbon copy of Chic any more than jazz great Chet Baker was a clone of Miles Davis.[5] "A Lover's Holiday" is marked as a playful opener, while "It's a Girl's Affair" and "Angel in my Pocket" are highlighted as sassy[5] and passionate.[5]

Robert Christgau writing at the time, summarises the album as New and true and gay,[6] and having the complete bag of [Disco/R&B] tricks.[6] The influence of Chic is again noted in "A Lover's Holiday" which he describes as a Rodgers-&-Edwards rip.[6] Christgau compares "The End" to the electronic music of good ole[6] Giorgio Moroder.

The album's showcasing of Luther Vandross is highlighted in most reviews. Ed Hogan writing for Allmusic describes the "The Glow of Love" as a startling introduction to Vandross' dazzling singing style.[7] Henderson remarks that the laid-back title song[5] which Vandross sang on became a quiet storm favorite and demonstrates that not everything Change recorded was aimed at the dancefloor.[5] Vandross had yet to secure a solo career in 1980, although many of the people who heard his performances on those two gems agreed that a solo career was inevitable.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Lover's Holiday" (A Jim Burgess Mix) David Romani, Paolo Gianolo, Tanyayette Willoughby 6:24
2. "It's A Girl's Affair"   Romani, Gianolo, Wayne Garfield 5:29
3. "Angel in My Pocket"   Romani, Gianolo, Willoughby 6:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "The Glow of Love"   Romani, Mauro Malavasi, Garfield 6:11
5. "Searching"   Malavasi, Paul Slade, Willoughby, Garfield 8:01
6. "The End"   Romani, Paolo Gianolo 5:54

Personnel[edit]

  • David Romani and Paolo Gianolo - Composing, Arrangement, Conductor
  • David Romani and Mauro Malavasi - Composing, Arrangement ("The Glow of Love")
  • Mauro Malavasi - Composing, Arrangement ("Searching")
  • Wayne Garfield, Paul Slade, Tanyayette Willoughby - Lyrics
  • Jacques Fred Petrus - Producer, Executive Producer (for Little Macho Music Co., Inc., New York)
  • Mauro Malavasi - Executive Producer (for Little Macho Music Co., Inc., New York)
  • All songs featuring Instruments played by the Good Music Orchestra
  • Luther Vandross - Lead Vocals ("The Glow of Love" and "Searching")

Recorded at Fontoprint Studios, Bolognia, Italy. All vocals recorded and mixed at Power Station Studios, New York City. "The Glow of Love" and "Searching" recorded and mixed at Media Sound Studios, New York City. Mastered at Sterling Sound Inc., New York City.

  • Maurizio Biancani - Engineering (Fontoprint Studios)
  • Bill Scheniman - Engineering (Power Station Studios)
  • MHB - Engineering (Media Sound Studios)
  • Ray Caviano and Bob Siegel - Album Coordination
  • Greg Porto - Album Design and Illustration
  • Luther Vandross and Jocelyn Shaw - Many Thanks

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[4] 29
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[4] 10

References[edit]