”Heat Wave was the title track on Martha & the Vandellas second album and established the full-throated, up tempo sound that would become the group’s trademark. Written and produced by the Motown hit-making team of Holland-Dozier-Holland the song features Martha Reeves’s star-making lead vocals combined with a tightly harmonic chorus and a big, horn-rich instrumental backing. Yes, ”Heat Wave” is at its core unambitious commercially popular dance music, but it’s some of the best dance music of the mid-sixties and its still fun to listen to many years out of its generational context. The album indicates that Motown maybe wasn’t quite ready to commit more than one really good song at a time to the group before it proved itself on the singles charts. This is the only Holland-Dozier-Holland written song on the album, most of which is filled with nondescript cover versions easy listening hits such as ”Danke Schoen” and a remarkably misplaced version of ”If I Had a Hammer”. Incidentally, the title to this song appears inconsistently over various albums, with many giving the track listing as ”(Love is Like a) Heat Wave”.