Change

The Glow of Love

Composed by David Romani / Mauro Malavasi / Wayne Garfield

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Luther Vandross had built up quite a resumé as a top jingles singer, background vocalist, arranger, and session vocalist when he was approached by Italian producer Jacques Fred Petrus who founded the Italian dance music band Change. Vandross had sung on numerous records by Chic and had occupied the lead vocal slot on the dance classic "Papillion (aka "Hot Butterfly") by Greg Diamond's Bionic Boogie (the song was later covered by Chaka Khan on her Naughty LP). Originally hired as a background singer, it was later suggested that he sing lead vocals on a song. Having a highly successful jingle/background vocalist career and wanting nothing to do with anything that would mess that up, Vandross made two stipulations. First, that if he was unsatisfied with his performance, he could have the engineer erase it right then and there. Second, that his name be printed on the record as the lead vocalist. "The Glow of Love" is a startling introduction to Vandross' dazzling singing style. There's a strong Chic influence to the track and the upbeat lyric is married perfectly to Vandross' vocals. Considered a classic, "The Glow of Love," written by arranger Mario Malavasi, bassist David Romani, and Wayne Garfield, curiously peaked at number 49 R&B during its initial release, even though the smooth, catchy track was the follow-up to "A Lover's Holiday" (Top Five R&B/Top 40 pop) and "Searching" (number 23 R&B). The Glow of Love album went gold, peaking at number ten R&B and number 29 pop. A sample from Change's "The Glow of Love" was used as the basis for Janet Jackson's mega-selling number one R&B/pop single "All for You" from her 2001 album All for You.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Glow of Love 1980 Warner Bros. 6:14
The Disco Years, Vol. 3: Boogie Fever 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Love Ballads [Connoisseur Collection] 1995
Various Artists
3:46
Free to Be, Vol. 10 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 6:11
The Very Best of Change 1998 Rhino 3:44
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Old School Funk, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:37
Sampled 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 4:43
Old School Funk Box Set 2000
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:37
Disco's Greatest Hits 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:38
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 6:09
Tom Joyner Presents: The Old School Mix Returns 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:07
Disco Inferno [Warner Import] 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 6:11
Funky Collector No. 15 2003
Various Artists
Active Music 6:09
Magnum Opus, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 6:13
Best of Change [WEA International] 2003 Warner Strategic Marketing 6:15
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Special Marketing 6:08
Disco Fever: Boogie Wonderland 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
Disco Fever: Young Hearts Run Free [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 6:08
Club Pineta: 50th Anniversary Edition 2007
Various Artists
Ritmica
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
The Final Collection 2007 Fonte
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:40
Old School Jams, Vol. 8 2009
Various Artists
SPG 6:12
Loving You: 60 Beautiful Love Songs to Show How Much You Care 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
The Glow of Love/Miracles [Harmless] 2012 Harmless
We Love the Nightlife: Dance Dance Dance 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Smooth Grooves [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:45
3/60: Disco Anthems
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Disco Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 3:39
Out of Range: Funky Sounds from Beyond the Bandwidth
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
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