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HEATWAVE: ALWAYS AND FOREVER (BBR)
As the CD’s title indicates, it’s love songs and smooth grooves all the way which have warmed my heart and soul from the off. I’ve always held such a huge respect for this group under the leadership of Johnnie Wilder, and having met up with the highly talented Rod Temperton back in the day, that respect grew and grew. Hits of varying degrees are here, like the obvious “Always And Forever”, “Mind Blowing Decisions” and “Where Did I Go Wrong”, but there’s more to this seventeen track compilation than them. This release is the first in BBR’s Loveline series, to take another musical look at the group’s best material between 1976 – 1982, including a few worthy flipsides, like “Turn Out The Lamplight”. The international membership combined a mixture of ideas that ensured their continued popularity with music that embraced the coolest, sweetest sounds, imaginative arrangements that weren’t fussy or overwhelming, leaving the singers to take centre stage and tell their tale. Some tracks are quietly intimidating, while others are elaborately soothing in style, as we’re invited down a path that’s as calming as it is relaxing, where lyrics melt into the notes, evoking memories of lost and found emotions. Melancholy and happiness wrapped in warm, soulful vocals. What more could we ask for in these turbulent times.

Rating: 9


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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