Too Hot To Handle
Released: Jan 1976
Heatwave's Too Hot To Handle is rightly celebrated for its two big hits, "Boogie Nights" and the deathless ballad "Always and Forever." But even without those two, this is an excellent disco album. "Sho 'Nuff Must Be Luv" is just as pretty as "Always and Forever"; "Ain't No Half Steppin'" is a floor-stomper; and the title track and "Super Soul Sister" contain some serious funk. Great songwriting from Rod Temperton (who later graduated to working with Michael Jackson) and brothers Johnnie and Keith Wilder's sweet doo-wop vocals made the British band's 1976 debut a pop gem.