I Wanna Make It on My Own

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Merely five tracks long, Chicago crooner Evelyn Thomas' debut "album" is a thoroughly pleasant if not entirely remarkable effort. By this point, the singer had scored several Top 40 U.K. hits in the Northern soul vein; for I Wanna Make It on My Own, that focus was maintained -- but disco elements were added for commercial measure. But it's the simultaneously effervescent and mellow horn and string arrangements that set the songs apart from other typical dancefloor fodder. It's easy to relax or groove to "It's the Magic of Your Touch," especially with the distinctive stamp of Thomas' eager, down to earth vocal approach and the background singers' equally spirited musings. Meanwhile, "Back to Reality" is sublimely ...
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All Music Guide
Merely five tracks long, Chicago crooner Evelyn Thomas' debut "album" is a thoroughly pleasant if not entirely remarkable effort. By this point, the singer had scored several Top 40 U.K. hits in the Northern soul vein; for I Wanna Make It on My Own, that focus was maintained -- but disco elements were added for commercial measure. But it's the simultaneously effervescent and mellow horn and string arrangements that set the songs apart from other typical dancefloor fodder. It's easy to relax or groove to "It's the Magic of Your Touch," especially with the distinctive stamp of Thomas' eager, down to earth vocal approach and the background singers' equally spirited musings. Meanwhile, "Back to Reality" is sublimely funky, and the title cut sets themes of freedom and imprisonment in love to a chirpy, pre-Hi-NRG background. Melodically, though, the songs aren't nearly as consistent and engaging as those found on the follow-up set, Have a Little Faith in Me. Tracks on the latter, such as "Love's Not Just an Illusion" and "My Head's in the Stars," have an energy that I Wanna Make It on My Own lacks. Here, the sound is less discernible from a handful of other projects crafted by producer Ian Levine around the same time -- for artists such as Barbara Pennington, L.J. Johnson, and Doris Jones. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/1994
  • Label: Hot Productions
  • UPC: 053993668320
  • Catalog Number: 6683

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Evelyn Thomas Primary Artist, Vocals
Michael Davis Brass
Kenny Wheeler Brass, Overdubs
Henry Lowther Brass, Overdubs
Stan Sulzmann Brass, Overdubs
Ray Adams Strings
Ron Aspery Brass, Overdubs
Alan Beaver Flute
Des Bradley Strings
Leon Calvert Brass
Clem Cattini Drums
Jimmy Chambers Background Vocals
George Chandler Background Vocals
Laurie Clay Strings
Mike Cookson Strings
David Katz Strings, Violin
Michael DeSalles Strings
Ken Fillito Strings
David Filmes Strings
Cliff Harvey Brass, Overdubs
Alan Hawkshaw Keyboards
Jimmy Helms Background Vocals
Toots Hibbert Harp
John Huckridge Brass
Les Hurdle Bass, Bass Guitar
Terence Johns French Horn
Ben Kennard Strings
David Kripps French Horn
Stevie Lange Background Vocals
Jack Lickman Strings
Celia Mitchell Strings
Jim Moore Strings
Mike Moran Synthesizer, Keyboards
David Nolan Strings
Brendon O'Reilly Strings
Peter Oxer Strings
Jeffrey Perkins Brass
Chris Rae Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Xylophone, Vibes
Cyril Ruben Strings
Eric Sagen Strings
Jacquie Sullivan Background Vocals
Fiachra Trench Keyboards
Jeff Wakefield Strings
Neil Watson Strings
Roger Welch Strings
Pip Williams Guitar
Roy Willox Flute
Jim Wilson Brass, Overdubs
Joy Yates Background Vocals
Terry Johns French Horn
Jeff Perkins Overdubs
Technical Credits
Gary Langan Engineer
Ian Levine Producer
Brendon O'Reilly Contributor
Tom Szaniszlo Engineer
Fiachra Trench Arranger
Pip Williams Arranger
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