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On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 1998
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As the hot summer of 79 came to an end, Donna Summer was on the top of the pop charts. She celebrated that victory with "On The Radio: Greatest Hits". Here are all the best loved Summer tracks, plus the title tune "On The Radio" and the long version of that dueling Diva duet with Barbra Streisand."No More Tears" The album sounds like a non-stop Disco bash. But what it doesn't have is the hits from 76 & 77, like "Could It Be Magic", "Spring Affair", "Winter Melody" and "Rumour Has It". Some of the mixes on the album, "Love To Love You", "Try Me" and "I Feel Love" are raw, murky and incomplete. Not as polished as in later compilations. But the groove is hypnotic and if you love Donna & love to dance to her tunes, you'll want this album in your Summer collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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All of Donna Summer's hits from 1975 to 1979 are included here AND mixed into one continual 16 track dance session. You might as well be at Studio 54 again. Summer's actually co-wrote most of these songs along with Giorgio Moroder and the effect is a dance classic memory lane marathon! Ok. Why only 4 stars? "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" is included in it's full length glory! Please, enough is enough, but the rest of this collection is just foot stomping great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Disco stars had a disconcerting tendency to come and go--but Donna Summer was a more durable talent, and even if you weren't around for the days of Disco Fever or belonged to the anti-disco movement you're still probably a fan. And while there are some drawbacks to ON THE RADIO as an album, it certainly shows "The Queen of Disco" at the top of her 1970s form.
Possessed of an unusual voice, Summer was able to sound at once soft and strong, at once sharp and sexy--and when she reaches for and holds one of her extraordinary high, long notes with bass and drums building tempo behind her ("Dim All The Lights" is a perfect example) the result is a chill up the spine of pure energy that demands, commands you to move in response. And this compilation recording has all the goodies, from her earliest disco recordings right down to the last gasp of the movement: the sexy grind of "Love to Love You Baby," the techno-pop pulse of "I Feel Love," the pounding "Heaven Knows," the romantic "Last Dance," and my personal favorite "Hot Stuff."
In true disco fashion, most of the cuts are mixed to bleed over into each other, so the songs on this collection play like one long extended mix. The one drawback to this recording, however, is that it doesn't offer the extended remixes that were so popular on the dancefloor: if you're a fan, you'll want each selection to go on a LOT longer than it does. But that's a small complaint when your plate is already full. Perfect music to dance, cruise, party, and even clean the house by, always energetic, passionate, and TREMENDOUS FUN, the penultimate statement by the penulitimate artist of the disco sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2002
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All I can say about this collection is "Enough Is Enough"! Barbara and Donna really duke this one out with this extended version, as well as "On The Radio" where she poured out her heart and soul(short and extended versions). I'm pretty disappointed with the shorter versions of each of the songs here. They would have been longer like on most of the albums she did.
This is a must for any Donna Summer collector. She's talented and very beautiful. She will always be in our hearts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2003
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An odd compilation that blends all the songs so there are no gaps in between - creating a disco journey, in a way. What fans should realise is many of these are not the original recordings. That's obvious I guess, to create the continous journey of the songs. Nevertheless, it works and presents an ideal CD for a 70's party. Just put it on, and start dancing.
But - what do I have to do to find the original epic recording of "Love to Love You Baby" on a compilation?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 1999
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The heyday of disco's "Bad Girl" is condensed to 13 hits with 2 new (at the time) tracks. If you're looking for the essence of dance music's first real DIVA, don't look any further! I must,however point out that Rob got it wrong when he claimed that CD time constraints were responsible for the 7" versions. I've had the vinyl and both the double and single CD releases and all have the same contents which,by the way, include the full length version of NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) WITH BARBRA STREISAND,not the 7" version included on Barbra's grt. hits pkg!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
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This double album was originally released in 1980, not long after Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" album dominated the pop and dance charts. It contained two new tracks; the eponymous "On The Radio" ( featured twice, in both a single and a full length version ) and the hit duet with Barbra Streisand, "Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)" ( in a very long, extended mix ). These two tracks took up the entirety of side four, while the other three sides were made up of suites of Summer's previous hits.

The suites were made up of edited versions of most of Summer's charting hits and some popular album tracks, segued together similarly to how they might have been mixed in a dance club. While this makes for a very enjoyable listening experience, some fans might be disappointed with the length of each individual song, as most are edited down even shorter than their 7" single versions. This was done because of the time limitations of vinyl albums, and because many of the original full length tracks were quite long.

Overall, this is a great long player with no filler, but the downside is that none of Summer's post 1980 work is included ( and there are a few glaring omissions; notably her hit cover of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic" ). But, if you're looking for a good overview of Donna Summer at the peak of her disco career, then this disc is a great choice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 1998
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There ain't no doubt that this music is the stuff of disco dreams. In today's world of techno, jungle, and rave beats that, well, just beat, it's refreshing to go back to music like this--with emotion. Of course, subtlety isn't always there (how *'bout* those orgasmic moans in "Love to Love You Baby"?), but at least you can relate more musically. It may be a bit disappointing to hear many of the songs here in truncated form. Still, this is a greatest hits *package*. Most of the songs lead into one another effortlessly, and sometimes quite artfully; this aspect in itself makes it especially apt for long dance sessions. No disco song contains more romance and beauty than "Last Dance," Summers's shimmery vocal peak; on the other hand, she can belt it out with the best of 'em (Barbra Streisand on the one-time pop #1 "Enough Is Enough"). A disco delight.
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on June 13, 2003
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DONNA SUMMER IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF THE DISCO ERA. SHE DEFINITELY IS THE QUEEN OF DISCO. IF YOU LIKE THIS CD, YOU MUST HAVE "LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY" CD IN IT'S ENTIRETY. I ALSO RECOMMEND "LOVE TRILOGY" WHICH INCLUDES THE SONG "TRY ME I KNOW WE CAN MAKE IT" AND "FOUR SEASONS OF LOVE" THAT CD INCLUDES "SPRING AFFAIR" AND "SUMMER FEVER".
I AM A FAN AND I HAVE ALL THE SELECTIONS MENTIONED- WHETHER IT'S AN ALBUM, CD, OR CASSETTE.
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on June 19, 2014
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Brings back so many memories of growing up!!! LOVE DONNA SUMMER!! Would totally recommend you getting this album! LOVE TO LOVE YOU DONNA!!
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