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Disco Recharge: I Want To Make It On My Own / Have A Little Faith In Me Double CD


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  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Harmless (1)
  • ASIN: B00AQYVU4A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wanna Make It On My Own
2. It's the Magic of Your Touch
3. Look No Further
4. Thanks for Being There
5. Back to Reality
6. Have a Little Faith in Me
7. No Time to Turn Around
8. My Head's in the Stars
9. Love's Not an Illusion
10. Sleaze
11. Summer On the Beach
12. Love in the First Degree

Product Description

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 works). 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.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Helmut Fritze on 29 May 2013
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If you like real disco music - this is the record! Making with a big Orchestra and real Strings and the wonderful powerful voice of Miss "hi-energy" Evelyn Thomas, but this is not hi-energy! HiNR cames later, after these albums. Yes, this one is produced by Mister Ian Levine too, but it is real discomusic - like it was in the 70's - very long versions with special effects - and yes, a little bit like Donna Summer or Cerrone and Andrea True Connection. 80 minutes of pure disco music - so you can dance the night away, if you like. so, feel disco good! Disco Recharge make a very good work, mastered great sound and a nice booklet. 2 Albums and 3 Bonustracks on one CD! good job!
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MANY OF THESE TRACKS TAKES ME BK TO THE PRE AIDS GAY WORLD IN LONG FORGOTTEN CLUBS AROUND THE WORLD.IAN LEVINE GAVE US SOME WONDERFUL DANCE TRACKS AND HE MUST BE COMMENDED.THANK U IAN.EVELYN HAS A GREAT DISCO VOICE.THERE ALBUMS SUM UP SCENE WHEN EVERYONE HAD A MOUSTACHE HAHA GREAT TIMES!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bj on 15 Aug. 2013
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fab old tracks what more can one say about the CD it is just great love it and it on the ipod.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disco artifact for collectors 7 Aug. 2013
By Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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Album: I Want To Make It On My Own (1978)
1. I WANT TO MAKE IT ON MY OWN 6:59
2. IT'S THE MAGIC OF YOUR TOUCH 7:14
3. LOOK NO FURTHER 6:08
4. THANKS FOR BEING THERE 5:08
5. BACK TO REALITY 2:44
Album: Have A Little Faith In Me (1979)
6. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME 8:10
7. NO TIME TO TURN AROUND 7:26
8. MY HEAD'S IN THE STARS 8:34
9. LOVE'S NOT AN ILLUSION 6:42
Bonus Tracks:
10. SLEAZE 8:33
11. SUMMER ON THE BEACH 6:07
12. LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE 6:09

A middling couple of early disco albums by Evelyn Thomas, better known for her 80's high energy output, and produced by Ian Levine, who also achieved more success in the following decade. This collection is for collectors and those interested in the early development of Evelyn's career. Repetitive, none-too-interesting songs that long overstay their welcome. Clunky, overly wordy choruses that are neither urgent nor immediate, and ultimately not memorable. The relentless backup vocals are strident, oversung, aggressively sprightly, over-present, in-your-face and technically clean to the point of sanitization. Several songs are punctuated by silly talking passages and Evelyn's annoying squeal when she 'soars' into the high notes. The one ballad, "Thanks For Being There," is a disco ballad cliche - and deadly boring, too. Anonymously capable musicianship on all tracks. The strain and effort going into the production of these records is painfully palpable.

The songs on the second album are so similar to each other they're basically interchangeable.

The one song that escapes the rigorous anonymity is "Sleaze." The tempo is slowed, its jungle-tinged musicianship restrained and the minimal vocals are reined in. The track is essentially an instrumental, and seems to have a focus and guiding hand, which both help it stand out so solidly.

Disco Recharge by Harmless/Demon has put together another wonderfully packaged and remastered collection. The sound is excellent, artwork is crisp and liner notes informative. Unfortunately, though all the by-the-book disco elements are here (4 x 4 beat? Check. Violins? Check. Musical break? Check.), these rote songs are weak, uninvolving and/or downright annoying ("Back To Reality," "Summer on the Beach") and no metronome, percussion or string section can save them.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Evelyn's Best 12 Jun. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I really need to take issue with the 'Shopper' review. These albums are superb and among Ian Levine's best productions. In fact, I would go as far to say that they are better than the majority of the Disco Recharge releases. These are proper songs with well-structured arrangements. By comparison, the Boris Midney tracks, appealing as they are, are collections of melodically pleasing hooks with arrangements that meander all over the place. I know which tracks I would rather programme in a DJ set and which tracks I would rather dance to. This is how it should be done. Listen and learn.
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