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Once Upon a Time

Donna SummerAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Once Upon A Time 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Faster And Faster To Nowhere 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Working The Midnight Shift 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. If You Got It Flaunt It 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Man Like You 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sweet Romance 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. (Theme) Once Upon A Time (Instrumental)0:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Rumour Has It 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Love You 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. (Theme) Once Upon A Time 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Donna Summer
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948, Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s.
With a mezzo-soprano vocal range, she was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US ... Read more in Amazon's Donna Summer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Throwing this CD on this Sunday rainy morning - at ear decibal splitting levels - brings me back to the brilliance and excitement of this release. The CD does follow the original LPs tracking so the other reviewer must have a weirdo issue; the charm of this album has always been the disco flow from song to song. Following her influential breakthrough collaboration with Giorogio Moroder on "I Feel Love" from her previous LP "I Remember Yesterday", in terms of singles - this album sank. This release was never truly single oriented as the listener must take in the entire 'disc'. So many remarkable artists list this as a major influence - and it is no wonder. This is the quintessential release by a very talented woman. Moroder and Pete Bellotte created the genius that this product became and they must be honored. This is a ear candy of the highest confection. Donna's follow up, "Bad Girls" continues with this team's efforts, but this has the sweetest disco icing. Donna has had some great follow ups - but as far as discs go, this is shaking disco get - down - hallelujah dance your butt off material - "Once Upon A Time" is a masterpiece. As a concept album it is also leaps above others like Pink Floyd's "The Wall"... this is a great record. If you have never heard it you are in for an incredible, fulfilling listening experience! Add to cart!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coherent and moving February 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
During the 1970's, it was quipped that Casablanca Records shipped gold and returned platinum. One of the few exceptions to this sometimes truth was Donna Summer's Once Upon A Time. Recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich (home also to Queen and Kraftwerk among others) as she had her previous albums, Donna and her management company set out to create a storyline for a double album. Time Magazine dubbed this , "....the first disco-opera."
Each side of the original album was called an "Act" and the songs were labeled "compositions." Summer kept the storyline simple, employing a Cinderella tale that takes place in the harsh, urban city. The point of view for each song was hers-there are no other character's voices or other singers outside the chorus.
Act One sets the up a story of a young woman, trapped in a world of make believe, where she was," in a fantasy, trapped within their world." The setting of the city, the pain of being an outcast, and the relief of the spirit are the primary themes. Act Two was the most praised in the original reviews of this album. 90% electronic, full of major-minor modal shifts, and employing tape loops and noises that were groundbreaking, Moroder & Co. served up Fritz Lang-like world view of the proletariat. As Rolling Stone noted,"...the acoustic piano splash in Queen For A Day is a welcome and needed relief." Surprisingly, though the 3 songs on this album side are sampled and still played in clubs, none were released as singles.
Act Three allows Summer to stretch vocally and extend her stylistic range. Ballads, campy disco, and a brief, classical interpretation of the main album cut, show what Summer could transverse. Act Four was the most mainstream for American ears.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DISCO MASTERPIECE December 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This brilliant album of great songs is on a par with her other masterpiece, the more rock-influenced Bad Girls. This one is more electronic, a majestic blend of her voice, synthesizers and drum machines, all very intelligently interwoven (Giorgio Moroder & Pete Belotte's eurodisco production at its best). Every sigh, every note and every beat of the drum is in its right place, making this a perfect album in both concept and execution. Almost every second track is a classic: the hypnotic Fairytale High, the sad Working The Midnight Shift, the triumphant Queen For A Day, the longing of Now I Need You and the trance of Faster & Faster To Nowhere. I must agree with a previous reviewer, though, about the order of tracks. Previously on vinyl there was a killer sequence of Midnight Shift, then Queen or A Day, followed by Now I Need You and it worked very well. Now these tracks are separated for no rhyme or reason. But that's a minor complaint about such a wonderful album that has aged so well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Summer's Music High! May 4, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Possibly her best album. Pete and Giorgio (or Giorgio and Pete, if you must) really helped to define the diva on this one. But this is not Donna Summer having her hand held. She is not only singing her heart out, but co writing and the creator of the whole concept of the girl lost in the big city. It is Donna's story, for crying out load.
The tale is of Donna Summer, working girl, waiting for her Prince charming to come and rescue her in the big city.
The songs just all blend together so well, and also help her very form style to style with ease. I could describe every song with love, but I will try and skip a few highlights and just include the best of the best.
"Faster And Faster To Nowhere" is a scary and almost exciting track that has Donna lost in the city and trying to escape through her "trip"
"Say Soemthing Nice" is the disco song that could. Makes you wnat to get up and dance and lyrics like "Don't you understand it when A person tries.." Donna sings in her diamonds and furs. So great
"Now I Need You" is just an event with those background singers. The song is just so huge.
"Working The Midnight Shift" is a great little dance number that makes anyones night go by faster, even if it does tend to depress.
"A Man Like You" and "Sweet Romance" show Donna's great vocals.
"Dance Into My Life" with all of its vocal effects and its starting out as a ballad, proves to be the funest song on the set.
"Rumour Has It" tells a cute story plus the song is a great little vibe with the background signers. Very cleaver. And the fast chorus with lines like "You never know what you won until you've lost", is just great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my favorite album ever
Published 5 days ago by bruce parad
5.0 out of 5 stars With a voice like Donna Summer's I want to hear it in best ...
I purchased this because I already have it on vinyl but wanted cd quality. With a voice like Donna Summer's I want to hear it in best quality sound I can get. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John D. Grasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Summer's concept album masterpiece!
This release takes you a energetic high to a dark moody place. The first side is a just a fairytale high full of energy,
non stop energy. Read more
Published 9 days ago by roxynewyork
5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Summer REVIEW from Tom Mitchell (Sydney Australia)
Donna Summer is a special Treasure. I will always love her early 'concept albums'. I am very grateful that Amazon has made this 'Once Upon A Time' purchase available. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Donna
I had this album when I was a kid. I have always a big fan. This album is done like a play. It's a great cd. Buy it!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the Clubs
This album was played religiously in all the clubs back in the 70's. It was great dance music baby. Every Donna Summer fan has to have this album.
Published 7 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco
I saw donna summers in concert when this album cam out. Great memories. Sad that she is gone and her voice is silent
Published 8 months ago by David T. Morse
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
Love Donna Summer! This is one of my favorite cd's of hers. I can't believe she's gone! She had one of the best voices in the music world.
Published 9 months ago by DLou
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Donna Summer album
This CD is fantastic start-to-finish, superb production and Donna's vocals are sublime on this album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by wbr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale High
This review is for the people who give this record anything 3 stars or below. This is one of the greatest albiums ever by one amazing woman.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LWL
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