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Donna Summer

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001E6D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I have read all of the customer reviews of this album and wonder if people have even listened to it. So many of them seem bitter about the fact that it broke up the team of Summer/Moroder/Bellotte and delayed the release of the 1981 (as yet incomplete) album 'I'm A Rainbow' for fifteen years. It is a great shame that such a wonderful album as rainbow was never properly completed and released when it was recorded, but Summer was already an artist in her own right and was never going to be reliant on that original team to deliver her hits. More importantly, her music defied category. People will tell you she is more Pop than R&B and yet she has amassed 27 Top 40 R&B hits against 20 on the Pop chart. When I Feel Love became her second Top 40 single on the Hot 100, it became her seventh on the Soul chart. Like Dionne Warwick before her and Whitney Houston after her, she crossed over and back again. So to team her up with the greatest Jazz, Pop and Soul producer of all time was always going to be a stroke of genius. Well documented circumstances may have prevented it from being perfect but what we have here is not far from it.
1) LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER):
The lead single and now a classic. Quincy speeds up his trademark sound to evoke earlier Summer hits and creates one of her best in the process. (Pop #10, R&B #4, UK #18)
2) MYSTERY OF LOVE :
One of the standouts with James Ingram joining Donna on the second verse with a harmony vocal. This was a prime candidate for single release but James Ingram wanted a duet credit which was not agreed to so single release was cancelled.
3) THE WOMAN IN ME :
From the writers of the Pointer Sisters' Slow Hand comes a fair ballad that although well sung, was perhaps an ambitious choice for single release.
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Format: Audio CD
Regardless of the flak this album received, this, along with 'Bad girls', are my all time favourite Donna Summer albums. It showcases her vocals in a way never heard before then, deep, rich and powerful, to a diverse array of songs.

Produced by Quincy Jones, it was recorded while Donna was pregnant with her third Daughter Amanda Grace, when she says she was low on creativity. This shows in the fact that only 2 of the 9 tracks are co penned by her.

This album was an attempt to move into the R&B direction which Donna had never really done before. It wasn't such a huge commercial success (number 20 on the hot 200 and certified gold); it however incorporated R&B, Rock, euro pop and Jazz to great effect. Every track was perfect.

The opening cut and lead off single 'Love is in control (finger on the trigger)' was a top 10 hit on the hot 100, as well as making the top 20 in places like the UK and Germany. With blaring horns, a funky rhythm, a little rap, and a danceable beat, it has Donna's vocals racing along to the beat. Nominated for a Grammy for best R&B song.

'Mystery of love', a gentle R&B dance number with a great piano intro, James Ingram providing backing howls, and a break before the final chorus, is another dazzling number.

'The woman in me', a beautiful synthesizer laced ballad with sexy vocals and a mesmerising male backing chorus made it to number 33 on the hot 100.

'State of independence' is the magnum opus of the album. A delightful lilting Caribbean laced number with an awesome anthemic chorus and chanting provided by Michael Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russel, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, and Christopher Cross among others. Thematically, it is a song about universal love, peace, and unity.
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Format: Audio CD
even though it seems others didn't like this album. It's definitely all over the place, but because Donna is such a talent, she helps bring it all together. There is a little something for everybody. "Love is in Control" is an example of the R&B of the day. "Protection" allows her to "rock on," with a little help from the BOSS. "If It Hurts Just a Little" is a little funky and "Love is Just a Breath Away," a little disco. To me the song that lets Donna show off her gorgeous voice is "Lush Life," a classic jazz standard. Yes, this album has Quincy Jones written all over it but come on, that's not such a bad thing. I guess sometimes two very creative and strong willed people have a hard time getting it together. Like I said though, I LIKED THIS ALBUM A LOT and I feel it's one of Donna's better efforts during the '80's. If anything, it was a chance for her to show off her voice. And believe me, that's a GOOD THING!
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Format: Audio CD
Quincy Jones produced Donna Summer's self-titaled 1982 album with the same musicians and generally the same style as he
would a mounth later on MJ's blockbuster "Thriller" LP.But on
"Donna Summer" is just didn't earn as much commercial success.
It's a pity because Donna gives her best,most impassioned genuine
soulful singing on this album,notably on dance smashes such as
"Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)","The Woman In Me","Livin' In America" and the Bruce Springsteen guitar-whipped "Protection"-also to be noted are the reggae-flavoured epic "State Of Independance" and her smoldering
interpretation of the standard "Lush Life".Now let me think of a duff track on this album......I can't,sorry.You'll just have to listen and see what I mean.
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