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 producerIan Levinefirst ventured toChicagoin 1975 to work with U.S. based musicians, the first solo artist he worked with wasEvelyn 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 infamousCasablancalabel in1978and was naturally written and produced by Ian Levine and arranged byPip WilliamsandFiachra Trench. It has all the classic Ian Levine touches, supplying a hint of his love ofNorthern Soul, whilst defining the song structures with a perfect 4/4 disco beat.
– ‘Have A Little Faith In Me’was released on the disco-friendlyAVIlabel in1979with 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/remixerRick 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!