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Their two most hit-laden original albums
on 11 October 2010
Following on from their success with the covers album 20 Giant Hits PLUS...The Target recordings, which made the top three in the UK album charts, the challenge was to establish a successful pop music career with some hit singles. Pop music at the time was going in a direction that didn't necessarily suit the Nolan sisters, but they nevertheless found a pop-disco sound that gave them the success they were looking for, at least for a while. The two albums paired together here didn't match the success of the covers album in the UK, but proved massively popular in Japan.
The first album, simply titled Nolan Sisters and released in 1979, contains some great hit singles but also a few covers of contemporary pop songs. Perhaps the covers were there to tempt those people who had bought 20 Giant Hits PLUS...The Target recordings, while the original material signalled the new pop-disco direction in which the sisters were taking their music. The first UK single, Spirit body and soul, became a minor UK hit, but the second and last UK single became their biggest ever hit, reaching the top three in the UK and Ireland and topping the Japanese charts when eventually released there in 1980. The cover versions include Miss you nights (Cliff Richard), Thank you for the music (Abba), ;Bright eyes (Art Garfunkel) and I know you'll never love this way again (Dionne Warwick), A bonus track not included on the original album, Harry my Honolulu lover, was originally recorded as a potential Eurovision song but wasn't selected for participation in that contest.
The second album, billing them as The Nolans, consolidated their position in the pop-disco market, features four UK top twenty hits of which two made the top ten, the four being Don't make waves, Gotta pull myself together, Who's gonna rock you and Attention to me. Sexy music, not released as a UK single, became a Japanese top ten hit. The album also includes covers of Touch me in the morning (Diana Ross), Love hit me (Maxine Nightingale) and Get ready (Temptations).
This collection contains most of their hit singles. Two other UK top 20 hits (Chemistry, Don't love me too hard) came from the following album Portrait and these two tracks along with some other tracks from the same album can be found on their hits compilations that also contain tracks from the two albums presented here, but I think this pairing is better than a hits collection overall. It is a fine collection of pop-disco music.