Action - The Anthology - Evelyn "Champagne" King

Action - The Anthology

 •    Few artists transitioned from the Disco era as successfully as Evelyn "Champagne” King. Tagged as a "Disco Diva” having set dance floors ablaze with her Disco smash hits SHAME and I DON’T KNOW IF ITS RIGHT Evelyn was then able to become one of the most successful R&B acts of the 1980s with such hits as I’M IN LOVE, LOVE COME DOWN and YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH.

•    ACTION – The Evelyn "Champagne” King Anthology is the first collection ever to feature all of Evelyn’s major R&B, pop and dance classics in addition to her international hits in their full album or 12” mixes. This set also includes many of the classic album tracks that ensured Evelyn’s RCA tenure thrived throughout her time with the label.

•    ACTION – The Evelyn "Champagne” King Anthology comes in a deluxe digi-pack edition with many pictures from Evelyn King’s career along with quotes from Evelyn herself and many of those who have worked alongside her during her successful career, such as producers T. Life, Kashif, Paul Lawrence, Andre Cymone and Leon Sylvers.

•    Featuring all 20 of her R&B charted singles from the period ACTION – THE EVELYN "CHAMPAGNE” KING ANTHOLOGY 1977-1985 is the definitive anthology of an artist who became one of the biggest R&B stars of the 1980s making this a must have for all R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Dance and Pop fans out there!

•    This CD is released 7th April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
1.    SHAME (12” Version)
2.    I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S RIGHT (12” Version)
3.    TILL I COME OFF THE ROAD
4.    THE SHOW IS OVER
5.    MUSIC BOX (12” Version)
6.    OUT THERE (Single Version)
7.    SWEET DELIGHT
8.    LET'S GET FUNKY TONIGHT (12” Version)
9.    CALL ON ME
10.    YOU'RE KIND OF LOVING
11.    I'M IN LOVE (12” Version)
12.    DON'T HIDE OUR LOVE
13.    IF YOU WANT MY LOVIN'
14.    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
15.    SPIRIT OF THE DANCER (12” Version)

Disc Two:
1.  Love Come Down (12” Version) (6.16)
2.  Betcha She Don’t Love You (5.02)
3.  Back To Love (5.14)
4.  I Can’t Stand It (3.58)
5.   Get Loose (12” Version – 5.33)
6.   Action (12” Version – 5.51)
7.  Shake Down (12” Version) (6.17)
8.  Teenager (Single Version) (3.58)
9.   Just For The Night (4.45)
10.   I’m So Romantic (5.20)
11.   Out Of Control (12” Version) (5.50)
12.   Give Me One Reason (3.58)
13.   Till Midnight (Single Version) (3.58)
14.   Your Personal Touch (5.48)
15.   High Horse (Single Version) (3.33)
16.   Slow Down (Single Version) (3.50)
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•    This CD is released 7th April and will not be shipped prior to release.

Track Listing:

1.    I’M EVERY WOMAN
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