Dazz Band - Hot Spot (Music CD)

Release Date: 11 July 2011
Artist: Dazz Band
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Although the Dazz Band were at the forefront of the electro techno-funk pack on 1985's stellar Jukebox, the sound was co-opted across the new wave almost immediately after, leaving the pioneers in the unenviable position of trying to catch up with a trend they once rode the crest of. It didn't help, either, that the band had suffered a major change in ranks as founder members Eric Fearman and Kevin Frederick quit, to be replaced with Marlon McClain and Keith Harrison. By the time 1985's Hot Spot, their last effort for Motown, was released in late summer, it was obvious that Dazz Band were passing their prime. But that's not to say there aren't some outstanding moments on the album. It still has that effusive, rollicking energy that the group were renowned for, a virtue best demonstrated across the title track, which is packed with sassy vocals, crunchy guitars, and an eminently danceable beat. It's as good as anything they ever did. Although it would be the only song to peel off the album for the charts, both "If Only You Were in My Shoes" and "S.C.L. & P. (Style, Class, Looks & Personality)," which was written by the Bar-Kays' Larry "D" Dodson and Winston Stewart, are fine efforts as well. They are, however (and oddly), too reminiscent of their British new wave counterparts for comfort, leaving one to wonder who exactly was leading who? Hot Spot was only lukewarmly received by fans, marking Dazz Band's last Top 30 hit. ~ Amy Hanson
Release Date: 11 July 2011
Artist: Dazz Band

1. If Only You Were In My Shoes
2. Hot Spot
3. Paranoid
4. All the Way
5. S. C. L. & P. (Style, Class, Looks and Personality)
6. She Used To Be My Girl
7. When You Need Roses
8. Slow Rap
9. Hot Spot (Club Mix/Bonus Track)
10. Heartbeat (12" Version/Bonus Track)
11. Let It All Blow (Special Disco Re-Mix/Bonus Track)
12. Swoop (I'm Yours) (12" Version/Bonus Track)
13. Joystick (Vocal/Bonus Track)

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Catalogue No: FTG245