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Viola Wills – If You Could Read My Mind (Netherlands Ltd. Edition 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 9th, 2013


A. Front

Side A


“If You Could Read My Mind” is a song written and originally recorded by Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

In 1980 American pop singer, Viola Wills peaked at number two for five weeks on the dance/disco charts with a dance version of the song. That same year an album of the same name was released on the Hansa International Records label.

This Limited Edition 12″ released in the Netherlands contains the nearly twelve minute “Special U.S. Disco-Net Version” along with the “Original Long Version” on the b-side.

If You Could Read My Mind (Special U.S. Disco-Net Version) 11:56

If You Could Read My Mind (Long Version) 6:52

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1980 If You Could Read My Mind U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco #2


Label: Hansa International ‎– 600.303
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1980
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Jerry McCabe
Written-By – Gordon Lightfoot

Supersound Single
30 cm / 45 rpm

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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11 Responses to “Viola Wills – If You Could Read My Mind (Netherlands Ltd. Edition 12″)”

  1. kookoo Says:

    What a great surprise!! Thank you so much. Have a great weekend Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo. Have a great weekend 🙂


  2. Stefano Says:

    Great Disconet remix. Superb version, but the long version is great too! It was a huge hit for Viola Wills in the Netherlands in 1980.

    Difficult to get this rip right, I guess. I have this 12 inch and always found the sound quality of the last minutes deteriorating very fast, due to the very high dynamics of the pressing in combination with (1) 45 rpm and (2) the massive length of the track (side A). So I’m curious to hear your work on this Paul. Couldn’t have been an easy job.

    BBR will be releasing the original album in August (finally). They included this Disconet remix as bonus track, as well as the full length version of ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’, another big hit single for Viola in the Netherlands. Hopefully they did a good job with the remastering.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Stefano it was difficult to rip this record and I have been putting it off for years. The deterioration of the last few minutes is present on this rip as well not much you can do about it unless you have the original master. I heard Cherry Red was doing a release of the album too never been impressed with their releases and as you know I am not a CD remaster fan anyway lol. I hope that you like what I did on this one 🙂


    Stefano Reply:

    This A-side has the smallest lead-out groove I’ve ever seen on a 12 inch. That explains a lot!
    It should have been a 33 rpm release instead, I think. That would have given a better sound quality towards the end.
    Nevertheless: a great Disco Friday post! Surely you did the best rip ever on this difficult pressing.

    Have a nice weekend.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah this one was quite the beast to work with. Have a great weekend Stefano 🙂


  3. ric Says:

    Oh Paul, this is wonderful!
    I love Viola’s disco covers, besides Gonna Get Along Without You Now, I thought her cover of Both Sides Now and Always Something There To Remind Me are fun too.
    And of course, this remake. Takes me back to the early 80s!
    Given its rarity, I trust you did the best rip you can. And that’s all we fans can ask for.
    So thank you once again for the effort and passion you poured into BTG.
    Happy Disco Friday!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ric I appreciate what you said. Viola is another one of my guilty pleasures I adore her music. She is another artist that is very missed. Happy weekend my friend 🙂


  4. James Says:

    Hello Paul.
    Thank you so much!

    Is there any chance to post Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could (Patcha Garden Remix)?

    Kind Regards,


  5. Dirk Says:

    I had this one back then, very bad soundquality indeed. Even for a teenager’s ears. And for 12 minutes, a bit more melodic tension would have been welcome…


  6. Gilbert Says:

    I can’t believe i missed this one, Paul! Thank you.


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