- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arguably one of her best albums ever! If only for the majestic "State Of Independence".
However, BEFORE you decide to buy any (older) available CD version there... Read more
I recommend these wonderful CDs. that only the AMAZON site has available. God be with us all.Published 23 months ago by frederico
Good music and excellent production from Q as ever. Lush Life shows Donna's talents better than anything else.Published 23 months ago by E. H. J. Peet
Since the disco era, Summer's work had covered a variety of musical genres and this album was no exception. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Nino Marcellino
I love this album. The price was great. The CD perfect and delivered on time. I looked for a long time for this album but it was very expensive.Published on February 13, 2014 by Consuelo M. Olivarez
I love this cd the fist track is the best. If your a fan of donnas this one you should have in your collection.
Kalle Kennedy London
One of my favorites from Donna. She said she wasn't feeling well because she was pregnant during the recording, but EXCELLENT vocals and production from Quincey Jones makes this CD... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Just Me
Donna is in fine voice on this outing and Quincy Jones' production compliments her well. For the most part she leaves the disco genre behind.Published on October 22, 2013 by Pam M