Though I'm a fan of a lot of Melba's work, today I am celebrating her epic version of the Curtis Mayfield song "Make Me Believe In You" produced by Van McCoy at the height of his reign as the King of Disco. There is a more famous Mayfield-produced version of this song by Patti Jo that predates Melba's by three years. I love that version too, but Van McCoy takes it even further while he riffs on the original arrangement by infusing it with some solid sophisticated disco-soul sounds.
The extended dramatic intro sounds like it's plucked from the film score of a mid-70s Black action film, which is great because you can direct the scene in your imagination. Here is how I like to imagine it - A lonely woman is briskly walking down a dimly-lit city street at night. She's holding back tears as she encounters various acquaintances on the street. She tosses them artificial smiles and niceties making her way from block to block as the song's intro continues to build until...BAM BAM! At the 1:46 minute mark she busts through the doors of a the neighborhood disco, fights her way through the crowd to the dance floor and confronts her cheating significant other. At the 3:47 mark she would definitely be engaged in a very empowering solo spinning dance with arms stretched out while everyone else gathers around her and watches in awe.