Evelyn "Champagne" King

I'm In Love

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After working with producer T. Life on her first three albums (1977's Smooth Talk, 1979's Music Box, and 1980's Call on Me), Evelyn "Champagne" King changed producers for her fourth album, I'm in Love -- a generally excellent release that found the singer being commercially and creatively revitalized. Half of the songs were produced by Kashif associate Morrie Brown (with Kashif and Lawrence Jones serving as associate producers), while the other half were produced by Willie Lester and Rodney Brown. Either way, I'm in Love is King's most rewarding and commercially successful effort since Smooth Talk, and she is undeniably inspired on gems that range from the funky title song (a major hit that Kashif wrote) and the assertive "If You Want My Lovin'" to the ballads "Don't Hide Our Love" and "The Best Is Yet to Come." An interesting tidbit: with I'm in Love, King temporarily dropped the "Champagne" from her name and simply went by Evelyn King -- however, she went back to calling herself Evelyn "Champagne" King with 1983's Face to Face. If you only have a few King albums in your collection, I'm In Love should be among them.

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