The Best of Heatwave: Always & Forever

The Best of Heatwave: Always & Forever

by Heatwave
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The Best of Heatwave: Always & Forever

Always and Forever is a masterful look at one of the funkiest disco bands ever to grace a DJ's table. This compilation, set up like most, is packed with hits in chronological order, showcasing not only a great dance set, but also the important chronicle of an underrated band. With the band's two smash singles "Boogie Nights" and "The Groove Line" kicking things off, this disc essentially traces Heatwave's history though their singles releases with a smattering of extra tunes thrown in for good measure. As a whole, the set is also a record of the subtle changes in composition and performance that took the band from disco sensibilities to a richer and far more textured soft funk, most notably on "Gangsters of the Groove." Of course, there is some pure funk here too, and "Lettin' It Loose" is a reminder that this band did have a few other tricks up their sleeves. And, of course, since Heatwave are best remembered as a disco band, the fan won't be disappointed either. Special disco versions of "The Groove Line" and "Eyeballin" replace regular album cuts. Rounding out the mix are "Central Heating" and "Happiness Togetherness," while the sweet soul ballad "Look After Love" closes the album as certainly as "Boogie Nights" opens it. Disco, funk, soul --Heatwave incorporate all genres with ease. And no matter how you categorize this band, there is a little groove for everyone. And while it's true that the band will never be lauded with the best of the best, they still recorded some absolutely delicious nuggets.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646491423
catalogNumber: 64914

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heatwave   Primary Artist
Louis Price   Vocals
Noel McCalla   Vocals
Phil Ayling   Flute,Saxophone
Ernest Berger   Percussion,Drums,Timbales
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Derek Bramble   Bass
Roy Carter   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Carl Carwell   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Calvin Duke   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Vocals
Tristan Fry   Percussion
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Patrick Halling   Concert Master
Keith Harrison   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Saxophone
Eric Johns   Guitar
Mario Mantese   Bass
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Rod Temperton   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet
Keith Wilder   Vocals
Ashley Ingram   Vocals
J.D. Nicholas   Vocals,Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Johnnie Wilder   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph "Love" Atkins   Vocals
Leee John   Vocals
Larry Williams   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
William Jones   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cameron   Director
Rick Hart   Engineer
Adam Block   Director,Contributor
Jeff Borgeson   Engineer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Patrice Carroll   Engineer
Mark Chamberlain   Engineer
Judy Clapp   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Director
James Guthrie   Producer,Engineer
Per Hanson   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Director
Brian Huddy   Engineer
Tim Hunt   Engineer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Damian Korner   Engineer
Peter Krueger   Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Engineer
Tim Palmer   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Ernie Sheesley   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Greg Walsh   Engineer
Warren Weinberg   Engineer
Barry Blue   Producer
Mike Hedges   Engineer
Richard Goldblatt   Engineer
Barry Kidd   Engineer
John Rosenthal   Engineer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Tony Sellari   Art Direction
Pete Lewis   Engineer
Johnnie Wilder   Producer
Tony Martell   Executive Producer
Stegmeyer   Engineer
Neil Black   Engineer
Squeeky   Engineer
Silver   Engineer,Contributor
Nigel Adams   Engineer
Peter Walsh   Engineer

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The Best of Heatwave: Always & Forever 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ditto to the above review. A must buy if you like soul, funk, and slow jams. Always and Forever was used in my wedding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am shocked that Amy Hanson, All Music Guide reviewer could write a review of this albumn and not even mention the song that has long been considered the "Lovers Anthemn", "Always and Forever". This song has remained popular for over 20 years and is constantly being used in television shows and commercials today. The albumn is woth buying just to get that song. But there are many other wonderful songs on this albumn that bring back great memories for me. I guess Amy Hanson was born after 1980.