November's Heat

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November's Heat
📅 ReleasedNovember 1984
🎙️ RecordedNovember 1983 to September 1984
StudioChung King Studios, New York
⏳ Length42:58
🏷️ LabelL'Invitation Au Suicide
🤑 ProducerJim Tothe

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November’s Heat is the third record overall and the debut full-length album by American alternative rock band Certain General. It was produced by the band with Jim Tothe, engineered by Stephen Ett, and recorded at Chung King Studios in New York from November 1983 to September 1984. The back cover photography was by John Eder. It was released in November 1984 (vinyl only) on L' Invitation Au Suicide Records (Le Harve, France) and distributed in France by New Rose Records.

Initial recording sessions were financed using the band's earnings performing in New York venues, primarily Danceteria. In the summer of 1984 the recordings were licensed to L' Invitation Au Suicide Records, who funded the completion of the recording. Two of the songs recorded “Service” and “Dachau Now” were written and performed by the band in their earliest days. The other songs on the album were written just prior to the first session. The title "November's Heat" was chosen by the band because the recording sessions began in the month of November.

Critical Reception in Europe[edit]

Upon it's release in late 1984, the album received positive reviews from the French music press. One of the most important reviews of the album and the band appeared in the February 3, 1985 issue of the Paris daily newspaper Libération, which named the album the “French Rock Album of the Year 1985.” [2] The positive press plus two live performances by the band in Paris in February 1985 established the popularity of the band in France.

November’s Heat received mixed reviews in the United Kingdom from such music publications as Sounds. The band played shows in London, Manchester, and Romford in February 1985 in support of the album.

In a review of November’s Heat, Rock Fever wrote that “musically, we are dealing with heavy, one of the best cold-wave albums…The 11 tracks are all remarkable, the production is efficient and well in tune.”[3]

A review appearing on the independent rock community site XSilence described the album as "beyond the simple framework of gothic rock.. to lead it towards an incredible elegance."[4]

Critical Reception in the United States[edit]

Upon it's initial release, November's Heat received very little press in the United States and aside from getting radio airplay from a handful of college stations was largely ignored. While available in some specialty record stores as an import, the album did not get an official U.S. release until 1999 (Bomp/Alive Records).

Alternative Mixes[edit]

Two songs, “Voodoo Taxi” and “Sympathy,” were included on the Certain General / Band of Outsiders' album Far Away in America (Sourmash Records, 1984). These songs were remixed later in 1984 for November's Heat.

Track Listing[edit]

This is the track listing of the original 1984 version.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Maximum G" (Dulany, Gammage, Lupo) – 5:04
  2. "Service" (Dulany, Gammage) – 3:31
  3. "Dachau Now" (Dulany, Gammage) – 2:19
  4. "Pilgrim" (Dulany, Gammage) – 2:31
  5. "My Gang in the Woods" (Dulany) – 3:29
  6. "Only a Dream" (Gammage) – 4:32

Side two[edit]

  1. "Voodoo Taxi" (Dulany, Gammage) – 4:31
  2. "Sympathy" (Dulany) – 3:50
  3. "Rasputin" (Dulany) – 3:49
  4. "Jack in the Heart" (Dulany, Gammage, Saddy, Berke) – 4:34
  5. "The Shang" (Dulany) – 4:48

Bonus Tracks (New Rose Records, France, 1990)[edit]

  1. "Johnny"
  2. "Strippin’ the Blues"
  3. "Uptight" (Groove Version)
  4. "Nowhere"
  5. "That’s Where I Hang" (Live)

Bonus Tracks (Fantastica Records, France, 2001)[edit]

  1. "Hello My God"
  2. "Kill and Take"
  3. "Desert"
  4. "Certain General Theme"
  5. "Red Ledge"
  6. "Fly Me to Berlin"
  7. "Service"
  8. "Dachau Now"
  9. "Sellout"
  10. "Trench"
  11. "At Peace"
  12. "Leader Out"

Personnel[edit]

  • Parker Dulany – guitar, lead vocals
  • Phil Gammage – lead guitar, harmonica, lead vocals (“Only a Dream”)
  • Joe Lupo – bass, keyboards
  • Marcy Saddy – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Vinny DeNunzio – percussion
  • Jacqueline D. – vocals (“Rasputin”)

References[edit]

  1. Unterberger, Richie. "November's Heat – Certain General". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  2. Libération, February 3, 1985.
  3. "November's Heat" - Certain General, November 7, 2020; [1].
  4. "XSilence"; [2].

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