Change was initially formed in 1979 as a studio-band with a revolving cast of musicians, led by businessman and executive producer Jacques Fred Petrus, with the majority of song-writing and production carried out by Mauro Malavasi and Davide Romani. The band’s dual Italian and American identity was a result of a production system, in which the music, excepting the vocals, were written and recorded by Italian collaborators in studios such as Fontoprint Studios, Bologna, Italy. The backing tracks were then taken to the USA where vocals were added by American performers, before being mixed into finalised versions in major studios such as the Power Station in New York.
The band released it’s fourth album in 1984, “Change of Heart”, and reached number one hundred and two on the US Billboard Album Chart, fifteen on the US Billboard Black Albums chart, and number thirty-four on the UK Albums Chart. “Change of Heart” includes the singles “Change of Heart”, “It Burns Me Up”, “You Are My Melody” and “Say You Love Me Again”.
The album was notable for some early Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis work with the duo contributing four tracks to the album, in 1984 had already produced some outstanding tracks for the S.O.S. Band and Cherrelle but had yet to begin their amazing run of hits with Janet Jackson.
The fourth single to be released from “Change Of Heart” was “Say You Love Me Again” and the UK 12″ release would have the “Change Medley” on the flipside, a mix of three Jam/Lewis tracks from the LP remixed by UK DJ’s Froggy & Simon Harris.
Change Medley – Change Of Heart/You Are My Melody/Warm 8:47