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Donna Summer
"The Donna Summer

© Chronicles/
Casablanca Records

Year of Release: 1993

track listing

Disc One:
  • Love To Love You Baby
  • Could It Be Magic
  • Try Me I Know
    We Can Make It
  • Spring Affair
  • Love's Unkind
  • I Feel Love
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Rumour Has It
  • I Love You
  • Last Dance
  • MacArthur Park
  • Heaven Knows
  • Hot Stuff
  • Bad Girls
  • Dim All The Lights
  • Sunset People

    Disc Two:
  • No More Tears
    (duet with
    Barbra Streisand)
  • On The Radio
  • The Wanderer
  • Cold Love
  • I'm A Rainbow
  • Don't Cry For Me
  • Love Is In Control
    (Finger On
    The Trigger)
  • State Of Independence
  • She Works Hard
    For The Money
  • Unconditional Love
  • There Goes My Baby
  • Supernatural Love
  • All Systems Go
  • This Time I Know
    It's For Real
  • I Don't Wanna Get Hurt
  • When Love Cries
  • Friends Unknown
  • Carry On

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    Donna Summer
    "The Donna Summer Anthology"

    Donna Summer, The Queen of Disco -- She was the Whitney Houston of the Seventies -- her music was great, and like Houston, she wasn't bad to look at. (C'mon guys, didn't you get a bit excited when you saw her?)

    As big as Disco was back then, Donna Summer was IT! Her music was funky, soulful, and sexy. Thanks to producer Giorgio Moroder, his synthesizer work and disco/funk sound became a staple to many of Donna Summer's 1970s hits: Spring Affair, I Feel Love, Last Dance, MacArthur Park. And let us not forget how we all got excited when we first heard of Donna Summer as she emerged with the very sexy, breathy and orgasmic Love To Love You Baby, and how everyone began discovering the sexual peak of disco, as well as their own.

    The rockin' Hot Stuff, the sexual profession Bad Girls, Heaven Knows with Brooklyn Dreams, and Dim All The Lights made Donna Summer a household name in the music business. Soon after her On The Radio album, which featured a #1 duet with Barbra Streisand, it seemed there was no stopping for the music's answer to the movies' sex goddess.

    However, as the Eighties began, disco was dying, and things began changing for Donna Summer, both in music and her personal life. She sued her managers, and she became a born-again Christian. However, there was life musically for Donna Summer. She may not have accomplished high peaks in the Eighties as she did in the Seventies, but the rest of this Anthology is quite interesting.

    The pop-influenced The Wanderer is very bouncy; it reminds me of a Sheena Easton dance tune. Cold Love and Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger) have that mid-to-late-Eighties Michael Jackson sound. She Works Hard For The Money was a Top Ten hit, and its excellent video was heavily played on MTV. Many of the late-Eighties tunes finishing out the album can be compared to such artists as Janet Jackson, Gloria Estefan, and Madonna.

    Donna Summer's music is not to be ignored. She helped make disco become one of the many ideal sources in popular music. And, even after the rise and fall of the disco sound, she managed to fulfill her continuing musical career on a positive note, where most people would think that one's popularity evolves around one particular style of music: She moved on with the times, despite how difficult it could be.

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