Donna Summer Gold

 

DONNA SUMMER GOLD
(Hip-O Records/Universal, 2005)

 

Also released in Japan as SHM-CD

 

DISC ONE
 
LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (long single version)
COULD IT BE MAGIC
TRY ME, I KNOW WE CAN MAKE IT (single version)
SPRING AFFAIR (single version)
LOVE'S UNKIND
I FEEL LOVE (album version)
I LOVE YOU
LAST DANCE (long single version)
MAC ARTHUR PARK (promotional single version)
HEAVEN KNOWS
HOT STUFF (12" single version)
BAD GIRLS
DIM ALL THE LIGHTS
SUNSET PEOPLE
NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH)
(Casablanca single version)
ON THE RADIO (single version)
 
DISC TWO
 
THE WANDERER
LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER)
STATE OF INDEPENDENCE (album version)
SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY (album version)
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
THERE GOES MY BABY
SUPERNATURAL LOVE
DINNER WITH GERSHWIN
ALL SYSTEMS GO
THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL
I DON'T WANNA GET HURT
LOVE'S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART
(single mix)
WHEN LOVE CRIES (single edit)
CARRY ON (original version)
MELODY OF LOVE (WANNA BE LOVED)
I WILL GO WITH YOU (CON TE PARTIRO')
DREAM-A-LOT'S THEME (I WILL LIVE FOR LOVE)
YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL (single version)
 
 
 

 
Pure Gold
 
LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY: Meant as a demo, it turned out to have an enormous impact on Donna's career (and pop culture as well). After years of mixed feelings about it, Donna seems to have finally realized it's just a great love song. In fact, she's singing it in concerts again.
 
COULD IT BE MAGIC: Barry Manilow never sounded so hip. Donna adored this song. And it shows.
 
TRY ME, I KNOW WE CAN MAKE IT: Probably the cutest melody ever written by the Summer/Moroder/Bellotte team. It also features a spectacular high note ("all the time...").
 
SPRING AFFAIR: Some thought it was reminiscent of Diana Ross' first disco hit (LOVE HANGOVER) but that song was heavily inspired by LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY, so... Who was copying who?
 
I FEEL LOVE: The future of music in 1977. The future of music today. Mysteriously timeless.

I LOVE YOU: Donna talks about declarations of love in a way that's gentle, straightforward and filled with passion. An effortless yet amazing vocal performance.

LAST DANCE: Donna was recording the song in the middle of the night. At 3 o' clock in the morning she was finished and quickly went in her car and drove up and down the street in L.A., in the mountains. With the convertible top of her Mercedes down she kept singing "Last dance, last chance..." to herself, to the sky. At 5:30 in the morning she went to Paul Jabara's house. He heard the music and jumped out of the bed, asking what was happening, half asleep. Donna played him the finished tape and they got excited, jumped like kids, hugged and sang together. A masterpiece was born.

MAC ARTHUR PARK: When legendary composer Jimmy Webb learned that Giorgio Moroder and Donna were cutting a disco version of his song, he thought they didn't stand a chance to create a hit. He was wrong. Donna's version of MAC ARTHUR PARK is Webb's only number one song.

HOT STUFF: Another case of mutual inspiration. HOT STUFF was modeled after the tempo of Rod Stewart's DA YA THINK I'M SEXY, which was the first of a number of disco/dance oriented hits for the British rocker. Donna won a Grammy in the Best Rock Vocal Performance category - the first black artist in history to do so.
 
BAD GIRLS: Donna's record company didn't think it was a right song for her. Written in 1977 and released only in 1979, it became Donna's best selling single (in the U.S.).
 
DIM ALL THE LIGHTS: a sex(y) proposal written from a manly perspective, Donna originally wanted to give the song to Rod Stewart, then decided to keep it for herself. Wise decision. DIM ALL THE LIGHTS got a gold certification, a Number 2 on the charts and the record for the Top Ten single containing the longest held note ("let it fill you up").
 
NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH): Donna was feeling tired and recovering from a cold while recording this. One can only imagine what would've happened had she been in top vocal form, like Streisand was.
 
SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY: Donna's tribute to the ordinary working women deserved to win a Grammy as Record of the year - especially for the song's message.
 
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: After STATE OF INDEPENDENCE, another beautiful spiritual song lit by the tropical Sun. Donna's voice shines like pure gold.
 
THERE GOES MY BABY: A great lesson in song covering. Donna takes the Drifters' classic and makes it her own, making it sound like a brand-new song.
 
THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL: Donna, Peter Waterman & co. wrote it the first day they worked together for the ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME album. It was the first song they wrote. They chose to release... the first take.
 
YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL: The quest for new Donna Summer material is such that it became a hit in clubs long before being officially released. Donna's style sounds as fresh and contemporary as ever.
 
 
2005 Sebastiano Lionti


 

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