A short while ago, Schlockmania announced the forthcoming release of some vintage Evelyn Thomas disco material via Harmless Records’ Disco Recharge reissue series. This follow-up item includes an updated release date as well as further information about the albums included, I Wanna Make It On My Own and Have A Little Faith In Me. Both albums were recorded in the late ’70s before she became a queen of Hi-NRG dance sounds but both feature the writing and production of her longtime studio mentor Ian Levine. Read on for all the scintillating soul-goes-disco details…
I WANNA MAKE IT ON MY OWN
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME
13th May 2013 | Harmless | CD (DRCCDX010)
– When legendary UK producer Ian Levine first ventured to Chicago in 1975 to work with U.S. based musicians, the first solo artist he worked with was Evelyn Thomas. As a result of those sessions, Evelyn provided two UK hits in 1976 with ‘Weak Spot’ and ‘Doomsday’ giving her a first taste of commercial success.
– Jump forward 8 years to 1984 and Evelyn Thomas once again graced the UK charts with her biggest-ever hit and multi-million selling worldwide smash ‘High Energy’ which suddenly put her at the forefront of the “Hi-Nrg” scene (utilising a happy play on words). Once again produced by Ian Levine, ‘High Energy’ kick-started the second phase of her career which resulted in two new albums produced by Levine.
– In between these two bursts of commercial activity, Evelyn recorded two albums which, naturally, are now impossible to find! ‘I Wanna Make It On My Own’ was released on the infamous Casablanca label in 1978 and was naturally written and produced by Ian Levine and arranged by Pip Williams and Fiachra Trench. It has all the classic Ian Levine touches, supplying a hint of his love of Northern Soul, whilst defining the song structures with a perfect 4/4 disco beat.
– ‘Have A Little Faith In Me’ was released on the disco-friendly AVI label in 1979 with a slightly different line up behind the mixing desk. Levine of course took centre stage and Fiachra Trench was back but this time the pair were joined by famous producer/remixer Rick Gianatos, who mixed the album and co-produced a couple of the tracks.
Disco Recharge is proud to present both complete albums along with three bonus tracks with specially commissioned new liner notes for ‘Have A Little Faith In Me’ by Rick Gianatos.
As usual, both these albums are in consistent demand from Disco collectors and connoisseurs and we’re pleased to finally make them available again via the Disco Recharge series. Enjoy!
I Wanna Make It On My Own
1 – I Wanna Make It On My Own 7.02
2 – It’s The Magic Of Your Touch 7.17
3 – Look No Further 6.12
4 – Thanks For Being There 5.12
5 – Back To Reality 2.45
Have A Little Faith In Me
6 – Have A Little Faith In Me 8.11
7 – No Time To Turn Around 7.27
8 – My Head’s In The Stars 8.34
9 – Love’s Not An Illusion 6.43
10 – Sleaze 8.34
11 – Summer On The Beach 6.07
12 – Love In The First Degree 6.09