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Heatwave had come a long way from 1977's smash "Boogie Nights" by the time the decade rolled over. They still were masterfully pulling together a smooth blend of soul, funk, and disco, but numerous lineup changes over two years took their toll. At the same time, though, the ease with which they brought a more subtle texture to their music was testament to their enduring dedication. And even through vocalist Johnnie Wilder Jr. was paralyzed in an automobile accident before recording, he was able to return to the band to cut studio vocals for Candles, making this album a joyous occasion. Full of smooth soul breaks and fiery funk riffs packed around a healthy helping of pure disco, Candles does pale somewhat in comparison to earlier singles, but nevertheless remains a strong addition to the genre -- no easy feat for any album appearing after disco's true heyday. By 1980, most bands had forgotten how important a good groove was in their haste to synthesize anything not nailed down. Heatwave did not. And that is reflected across this album. From "Gangsters of Groove," which gave the band their hit, to the effusive "Jitterbuggin" and the absolutely marvelous "Turn Around," Heatwave keeps their feet firmly in organic territory. Johnnie Wilder Jr.'s "Goin' Crazy," meanwhile, could still turn in a slab of soft funk. Candles also boasts a staggering five tracks penned by former bandmate Rod Temperton, now carving out a career penning hits for Michael Jackson and Rufus, among others. The partnership he retained with his old crew certainly adds an interesting slant to their overall sound. This is a strong album, better perhaps than its predecessors given its resulting cohesion. The frenzy is gone, to be replaced by a sweet sound -- a different kind of Heatwave, then; one which percolates, rather than hitting you straight on.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Label: Ais
UPC: 5013929032422
catalogNumber: 2903242


  1. Gangsters of the Groove
  2. Jitterbuggin'
  3. Party Suite
  4. Turn Around
  5. Posin' 'Til Closin'
  6. All I Am
  7. Dreamin' You
  8. Goin' Crazy
  9. Where Did I Go Wrong
  10. Gangsters of the Groove
  11. Jitterbuggin'
  12. Where Did I Go Wrong
  13. Posin' 'Til Closin'
  14. Turn Around
  15. Find Someone Like You
  16. Wack That Axe
  17. Gangsters of the Groove
  18. Posin' 'Til Closin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heatwave   Primary Artist
Phil Ayling   Flute,Saxophone
Ernest Berger   Drums
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Derek Bramble   Bass
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Calvin Duke   Keyboards
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Keith Harrison   Keyboards,Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Keith Wilder   Vocals
J.D. Nicholas   Vocals,Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Johnnie Wilder   Vocals,Background Vocals
William L. Jones   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kim Hutchcraft   Flute,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Heatwave   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm track
Derek Bramble   Photo Courtesy
John Cameron   Orchestral Arrangements
James Guthrie   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Hey   Orchestral Arrangements
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm track
Keith Wilder   Photo Courtesy
Lynsey de Paul   Composer
Johnnie Wilder   Composer,Producer
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Executive Producer
Steve Wright   Illustrations
Susan Sheridan   Composer
Dick Leahy   Executive Producer
L. Phillips   Composer
Michal Bednarek   Reissue Producer
Hayden Jones   Liner Notes
Roddie Gibb   Photo Scanning
Linda Phillips   Composer
Linda Philipps Wilder   Photo Courtesy
Thomas Gilliard   Composer

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