||From the Vault...
"The Dance Collection"
© Casablanca/Polygram Records
Year of Release: 1987
I Feel Love
With Your Love
Dim All The Lights
No More Tears
(Enough Is Enough)
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"The Dance Collection"
Donna Summer passed away on May 17, 2012. She will always be "The Queen of Disco." Every song she released
back in the heyday of Disco music received heavy airplay, as radio stations and disco clubs continued to play her
songs to millions of audiences. When Disco faded, her musical career may not have been as popular, yet her last
biggest hit was "She Works Hard For The Money" (1983). She remained to release albums, throughout the 1980s and
early 1990s. Her last album was released in 2008.
As many huge hits Donna Summer had, the Disco clubs were playing extended mixes of her popular songs. These mixes
were long songs, up to at least 10 minutes in length. The Dance Collection contains 8 of her popular songs in
remix form. Of these eight, one song I vaugely remember ("With Your Love"), and one song I didn't remember
The remaining six are classic remixes. The one that stood out was the near 20-minute "MacArthur Park Suite",
which contained the Richard Harris classic "MacArthur Park," with "One Of A Kind" and "Heaven Knows"
whom the group Brooklyn Bridge performed with Donna. "Heaven Knows" was a hit single from this suite, as, like
any other Donna Summer tune, received alot of radio airplay. The 20-minute Suite was originally from Live And More.
But when this particular album was released on CD, the "MacArthur Park Suite" was omitted. The Dance Collection
provided this suite, as well as the other classic remixes everyone loved as their original hit singles: "I Feel Love,"
"Last Dance" (from the movie Thank God It's Friday), "Hot Stuff," "Dim All The Lights" and "No More
Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (duet with Barbra Streisand).
For any Donna Summer fans, the hit singles likewise the remixes are a must for their collections. Donna Summer left
behind a legacy of what Disco music was back in the 1970s. Whether anyone liked Disco or not, it was a "generation" of
music that emerged full-tilt, and emerged in the music business as one of the its most energetic and popular sources in
Popular music. Disco is long gone now, but it still remains a great source of music, even better than today's Hip-Hop/Rap.
Rappers and R&B artists I'm sure were inspired by Disco, and Donna Summer. It looks like all of Donna Summer's original
albums are reissued on CD. Her Anthology is a great introduction to anyone, who is first discovering her, or even
for the die-hard fan. The Dance Collection is a good runner-up, as her remixes were just as popular as the original
hits contained from this collection.
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