I Wanna Make It on My Own

I Wanna Make It on My Own

by Evelyn ThomasEvelyn Thomas
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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 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

Product Details

Release Date: 12/25/1994
Label: Hot Productions
UPC: 0053993668320
catalogNumber: 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
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
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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