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Current
     

Current

by Heatwave
 
With four successful albums behind them in nearly as many years, and despite the fact that they were in the beginning throes of the bitter end of the band, Heatwave brought their fifth album, Current, to bear in 1982 and scored another Top 30 U.S. hit to boot. With producer Barry Blue again at the helm and

Overview

With four successful albums behind them in nearly as many years, and despite the fact that they were in the beginning throes of the bitter end of the band, Heatwave brought their fifth album, Current, to bear in 1982 and scored another Top 30 U.S. hit to boot. With producer Barry Blue again at the helm and with another clutch of Rod Temperton-penned songs behind their substantial R&B chops, Heatwave was able to add one final feather to a cap that history continues to seriously underrate. And, although the album as a whole doesn't capture the band's early, and best, intentions, it's clear that Heatwave still had a few hot shots. It is pinned down by "Lettin' It Loose," which serves up a very late-in-the-day disco with a synthesized beat and profundo bass, which brought the band into the charts for the last time in August 1982. There are several other bright moments as well, including the hit's original B-side, "Mind What You Find." The nearly instrumental "The Big Guns," meanwhile, gives great groove, while Current's closing track, "Look After Love," draws the curtain across another blue ballad. Featuring Imagination's Leee John and Ashley Ingram as guest vocalists, this song in particular emerges as one of the album's best. It's rendered even more poignant as this formidable vocal team is here only to replace the irreplaceable Johnny Wilder, paralyzed in an auto accident shortly before work began on the album. Although Current probably won't be of much interest to the casual listener, for the Heatwave aficionado this career-capper is a sweet ride through an era that spanned more than a few genres and allowed the band to flex their muscles in them all.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2010
Label:
Ais
UPC:
5013929031029
catalogNumber:
2903102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heatwave   Primary Artist
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Soloist
Ernest Berger   Drums
Derek Bramble   Bass
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Calvin Duke   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Keith Harrison   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Soloist
Keith Wilder   Vocals
William L. Jones   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cameron   Synthesizer Arrangements
Maurice Evans   Concept
Derek Bramble   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Robin Smith   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Barry Blue   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Johnnie Wilder   Producer
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Dick Leahy   Executive Producer
Stan Levy   Management
Hayden Jones   Liner Notes
Ricky Ordonez   Concept
Amani Gardner   Management
Peter Walsh   Engineer

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