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The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer

Donna SummerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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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 (September 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Utv Records
  • ASIN: B0000CABJ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love To Love You Baby
2. Could It Be Magic
3. I Feel Love
4. I Love You
5. Last Dance
6. Macarthur Park
7. Heaven Knows
8. Hot Stuff
9. Bad Girls
10. Dim All The Lights
11. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
12. On The Radio
13. The Wanderer
14. Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
15. State Of Independence
16. She Works Hard For The Money
17. This Time I Know It's For Real
18. I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)
19. That's The Way (New Recording)
20. Dream-A-Lot's Theme (I Will Love For Love) (New Recording)

Editorial Reviews

The first-ever career-spanning compilation from the Queen of Disco, featuring all 14 of her Top 10 hits from the past three decades! Includes Love to Love You Baby; I Feel Love; Last Dance; Heaven Knows; Hot Stuff; No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (with Barbra Streisand); On the Radio; The Wanderer; Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger); She Works Hard for the Money; This Time I Know It's for Real; MacArthur Park; Last Dance , and more, with two new songs produced by the great Giorgio Moroder and a 16-page book featuring commentary from Donna herself. Very impressive!

Customer Reviews

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album is a terrific compilation of Donna Summer's greatest hits. The album has primarily the disco songs that made her a smash success such as "Love To Love You Baby," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls," "Last Dance," and "Dim All The Lights." You also get her classic duet with Barbra Streisand, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough);" and a group called Brooklyn Dreams helped Donna out on background vocals for "Heaven Knows." There are twenty (yes, twenty) songs on this single CD, so you don't get many 12" extended versions of the songs. To compensate for that loss, however, there is a second bonus CD included inside the jewel case with remixes of some great songs including "Hot Stuff," "I Feel Love," and "You're So Beautiful."

The remastering work was well done; the sound quality is excellent in both my regular CD stereo at home as well as in my portable CD player. This highlights the richness, sexiness and electricity in Donna's voice. Her voice is exciting and always leaves the listener wanting more!

The liner notes are great. There's an extensive essay by Brian Chin, quite a few color photos of Donna, song credits and listings of where each song charted at its' peak of popularity after its' initial release. I also liked the excerpts from Donna's autobiography called Ordinary Girl: The Journey. The extra bonus CD comes inside the regular sized jewel case, however, so you need to carefully pull it out as to not break the plastic case. (They manufactured the CD jewel case this way to save a few bucks on production costs, no doubt.)

Summer fans also hear her great "crossover" songs into something that is more like mainstream pop. You get "She Works Hard For The Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Donna Summer ...Great Package! September 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This latest Greatest Hits package is a great overview of Summer's past and present. Universal has released this package as a great companion piece for Donna's new Autobiography "Ordinary Girl" The digitally remastered singles sounds better than ever.
Global pop music at its best.
Plus it is a 2 disc set, with great bonus tracks. The Amazon track listing is incorrect. this is the correct listing:
Disk 1:
Love To Love You Baby 3.22
Could It Be Magic 3.54
I Feel Love 3.46
I Love You 3.18
Last Dance 3.19
MacArthur Park 3.56
Heaven Knows 3.39
Hot Stuff 3.50
Bad Girls 3.57
Dim All The Lights 3.58
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Duet with Barbra Streisand 4.48
On The Radio 4.05
The Wanderer 3.46
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) 4.19
State Of Independence 4.25
She Works Hard For The Money 4.10
This Time I Know It's For Real 3.36
I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro) 4.08
That's The Way 3.52 (new recording)
Dream-A-Lot's Theme (I Will Live For Love) 4.52 (new recording)
disk 2
I Feel Love 12" single remix (8:10)
Hot Stuff 12" single remix (6:40)
This Time I Know It's For Real 12" single extended remix (7:22)
Dream-A-Lot's Theme (I Will Live For Love) (D. Summer/N. DiGesare) 12" extended remix (Approximately 10 minutes) Remixed by Giorgio Moroder and Chris Cox, produced by Giorgio Moroder
You're So Beautiful (D. Summer/T. Moran/N. DiGesare) Ultimate Club mix (Approximately 10 minutes) Produced by Tony Moran and co-produced by Nathan DiGesare
The real big news here are the new Giorgio Moroder tracks and the underground club smash "(You Are) So Beautiful".
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what made me a new fan... August 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
....never really followed Donna until a few months ago. I'm more into current dance/house music. However, at a wedding reception, they played 'Last Dance'....well I began exploring her music a little further, and here is the newest release! I absolutely love it, but then I found the Anthology CD (1993) and it's much better- same material as this release but the edits are longer, plus there's even more of 'the very best' on the Anthology.

Anyhoo, not a bad buy for $12, I've bought four more albums since this one...Donna's awesome! This release is good for listeners who aren't too familiar with her (like I was)'s a nice snapshot of her overall music career, and the liner notes and bio inside the cover pretty much give you a nice briefing. Her 70s music is much better than her 80s stuff....check out her albums "Love to Love You Baby" "Four Seasons of Love" and "Love Trilogy"....makes you want to envision disco balls and everyone packing the dancefloor in their platform shoes and big hair!

Buy it! I'm collecting everything the woman has done.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edited versions ... again! February 11, 2006
By William
Format:Audio CD
With the countless Donna Summer compilations around, you would think that Universal would opt for a compilation that would give fans something more than what they already have. This compilation once again features the heavily cut versions of songs. It's main attraction is the inclusion (on the Australian and UK edition only) of the hard to find single "Theme from the Deep". Overall, the best part of this CD is the second disc which includes the 12 inch version of "Love to Love You Baby" which is great to have. The other extended mixes on this disc are ok, although not sure why they included the patrick Cowley remix of "I feel love" over the original 12" mix.

My advice to anyone considering buying this, is to pass over this, and look at the more recent double CD titled "Donna Summer: Gold", it is truly amazing. It contains longer versions of most of the key singles, and features the correct single version of "love to love you baby". GOLD is worth every single penny ... and shows that record companies sometimes get it right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Donna ... its a great cd
Published 13 days ago by NevgivUp66
4.0 out of 5 stars I love most of the songs off the first CD
I love most of the songs off the first CD, and as for the second CD I'm not a big fan of it only because its mostly dance music
Published 1 month ago by Michagelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tristan Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love her music
Published 1 month ago by Michel E. Spichiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
alway loved Donna Summer. CD in good shape
Published 1 month ago by marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is really the very best of Donna Summer.
Published 2 months ago by OZLEM EROGLU
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product.
The sound of this CD is high quality and flawless, resistant and dvd are very good and sharp image. Recommend its purchase. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carmen A Casanova
5.0 out of 5 stars for collector's
If you wanna have the best compilation ever this is the one for collector's it comes with a 2nd CD filled with remixes it's awsome
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars She was more than The Queen of Disco
It's funny how age can change your mind. During the 70's, I was one of those who secretly liked certain artists & songs, but mostly held my nose up at the Disco craze. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy E. Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
If you like Donna Summer you will enjoy this cd. I listened to it a dozen times the day I got it in the mail.
Published 3 months ago by T
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