In the Heat of the Night (Imagination album)

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In the Heat of the Night
Studio album by Imagination
Released 3 September 1982
Genre Urban, soul, boogie, dance
Length 41:58
Label R&B
Producer Jolley & Swain
Imagination chronology
Body Talk
In the Heat of the Night
Night Dubbing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

In the Heat of the Night is the second album by British soul/dance group Imagination, produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and released in 1982.

In the Heat of the Night was Imagination's most successful album, reaching No. 7 in the United Kingdom. "Just an Illusion" was the group's highest charting single, peaking at No. 2 (kept off the top spot by the Goombay Dance Band's "Seven Tears"), and also making the top 10 in several other countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia. It was covered by Destiny's Child on their self-titled album and Mariah Carey sampled this song for her hit "Get Your Number" in her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi. "Music and Lights" was another UK top 5 hit, and "In the Heat of the Night" and "Changes" also charted.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Leee John and Ashley Ingram.

  1. "In the Heat of the Night" – 5:14
  2. "Heart 'N Soul" – 4:45
  3. "Music and Lights" – 5:21
  4. "All Night Loving" – 4:18
  5. "Just an Illusion" – 6:27
  6. "All I Want to Know" – 4:48
  7. "One More Love" – 5:18
  8. "Changes" – 5:47


  • "Just an Illusion" (EU No. 1, UK No. 2, Switzerland No. 2, Sweden No. 3, Norway No. 5, Austria No. 6, Germany No. 7, Netherlands No. 8)
  • "Music and Lights" (SPA No. 1, UK No. 5, Germany No. 18)
  • "In the Heat of the Night" (UK No. 22, Germany No. 48)
  • "Changes" (UK No. 31, Germany No. 43)