After releasing three volumes of relatively obscure and increasingly hard to find AOR music from the late Seventies and early Eighties, Renaissance planned to release the fourth volume in their Heard It On The Radio series and distributed a "promo only not for sale" disc (below) containing eighteen tracks and absolutely no artwork in 2001.
Featuring as many Hot 100 charting singles as Volumes Two and Three combined, this Volume Four CD kicked off with Asia's "Gypsy Soul", a song that was otherwise only found on the soundtrack to Sylvester Stallone's arm-wrestling pic from 1987, Over The Top. As the newest track on this compilation, "Gypsy Soul" and the Over The Top soundtrack album had been released on CD in 1987 which set it apart from all of the other tracks on Volume Four.
For HERC, the only songs on Heard It On The Radio Volume Four that lived up to the title were the four Top 40 hits pictured above, none of which were available on compact disc here in the States in 2001 though both the Shaw and Giuffria parent albums were available as pricey Japanese imports.
|3||Where Did The Time Go||Fast Forward||1984||Island|
|4||Blue Windows||Glass Moon||1980||Radio|
|5||Shakedown Cruise||Jay Ferguson||1979||Asylum||31|
|6||Everything Is Changing||Streets||1983||Atlantic|
|7||Hot Summer Nights||Night||1979||Planet||18|
|8||Physical Speed||Private Lightning||1980||A&M|
|10||White Lies & Black Satin Nights||Spirit||1984||Mercury|
|11||Fool Moon Fire||Walter Egan||1983||Backstreet||46|
|12||Young Heart||Blanket Of Secrecy||1982||Warner Bros.|
|13||For The Weekend||BTO||1984||Compleat|
|14||Call To The Heart||Giuffria||1984||MCA||15||3|
|15||Keeping Our Love Alive||Henry Paul Band||1981||Atlantic||50||23|
|16||Girls With Guns||Tommy Shaw||1984||A&M||33||6|
|17||Fire With Fire||Wild Blue||1986||Chrysalis||71|
Which brings us to the album pictured at the tippy-top of this post which clearly reads Heard It On The Radio Volume Four. Flash forward ten years after the promo only disc above was released: It's 2011 and Renaissance has regrouped as RDEG (Renaissance Digital Entertainment Group?) and is now offering digital versions of many of its former CD only releases, including the first three volumes of Heard It On The Radio, at all of the usual outlets like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. To further promote the label's latest endeavor, they issued three more digital-only (no CD) volumes in the Heard It On The Radio series, with each track coming from a licensed RDEG album. The artwork at the top of this post accompanies the sixteen track digital version of Volume Four which retains just four of songs from the promo only CD version. (One song each from the Volume One and Volume Two discs also reappeared on this incarnation of Volume Four.) Ten of the sixteen songs on Volume Four made the Hot 100 and half of those even made it into the Top 40. HERC's favorite song on this playlist is Planet P Project's "What I See", an ominously haunting mechanical rocker from the Pink World double disc concept album.
|1||I Could Be Good For You||707||1980||Casablanca||52|
|4||My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)||Chilliwack||1981||Millennium||22||16|
|5||She Looks A Lot Like You||The Clocks||1982||Boulevard||67||47|
|6||Where Did The Time Go||Fast Forward||1984||Island|
|7||On A Carousel||Glass Moon||1982||Radio||50|
|8||Turn Your Heart Around||Keats||1984||EMI|
|9||Am I A Dreamer||Kelly Groucutt||1983||Riva|
|10||Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya||New England||1979||Infinity||40|
|11||What I See||Planet P Project||1984||MCA||25|
|14||Summer Sun||Shooting Star||1985||Geffen|
|15||Fool Moon Fire||Walter Egan||1983||Backstreet||46|
|16||Fire With Fire||Wild Blue||1986||Chrysalis||71|