- Audio CD (1 Dec. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
- Label: Driven By The Music
- ASIN: B00N0FN51I
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cats Without Claws Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
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DONNA SUMMER gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre’s global popularity, rightly earning the title “Queen Of Disco” and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade. Donna was the first Artist to have three consecutive Double-Albums reach No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles in a thirteen month period. Donna’s catalogue has sold more than 130 Million units worldwide and this re-issue campaign of seven of her later albums, prove that she was able to accommodate new musical and production styles as the decade progressed. Donna Summer became the first Artist signed to the new Geffen Records label in 1980 and released her first album – ‘THE WANDERER’ - for the label in the same year. The third album released for the label was 1984’s ‘CATS WITHOUT CLAWS’, which was produced by Michael Omartian, who gave the album a mid-80s dance/pop themed sound. The album’s singles included ‘Supernatural Love’, ‘There Goes My Baby’ and ‘Eyes’. Michael Omartian’s production credits include albums with Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Christopher Cross, Amy Grant, Whitney Houston, The Jacksons, and Rod Stewart. In a co-production with Quincy Jones, they were behind the mixing desk for USA For Africa’s 1985 No. 1 hit, "We Are the World". This re-mastered re-issue, is packaged in a sumptuous case-bound book, containing the original full album credits and acknowledgements, newly authored liner notes by noted US writer Justin ‘Musicology’ Kantor, as well as the lyrics, as included in the original LP and features the original studio album with non-album ‘B’ side and extra singles mixes.
Top Customer Reviews
The reason why this album was not as successful as it might have been was because all the problems that surfaced with the release of this album, she had fulfilled her contract with her pervious record company by delivering 'She works hard for the money' and was free to try new things. She did not want to be remembered or constrained by the disco image in the 1980's! And the backlash started!
But this is a strong album, 'There goes by baby' was really the only hit in America and 'Supernatural love' was being played quite a lot too, but didn't become a hit. 'Eyes' was eventually released as a single in the UK, but greatly reworked to make it sound more disco with more drums added and with a lot of the guitars taken off. 'Oh Billy Please' is also an album highlight. If you don't know this album well, think of 'Hot Stuff' with more guitars, it worked really well for Donna creatively but not commercially.
When I was a teen , I discovered this LP and this very one became my best since then.
I have downloaded it, but I had to own the original vinyl as I used to listen at that time.
I do recommend this to people from my age and all!
Originally released when the electronic dance sound of the 80s exploded and brought rattling drum machines to the fore, Donna Summer's fourth album after leaving behind her disco days on Casablanca finds an excellent balance between New Wave/rock, dance and pop.
Supernatural Love was a storming slice of Hi-NRG with sizzling synths, while Eyes was an insistent mid-tempo dance track driven by its own unique sound and with intriguing lyrics that draw you in as much as the mesmeric groove. Remixer John 'Jellybean' Benitez reworked Eyes with his usual New York latin percussion for the 7" and 12" mixes (as well as remixing I'm Free for the B-side), but the album version is also fantastic in its own right.
Several of the other mid-tempo album cuts are excellent, including It's Not The Way, Face The Music and Oh Billy Please. The slower number Maybe It's Over - with slinky saxophone and keyboards - is also superb.
This highly underrated album gets a sparkling remastered reissue and sounds simply fantastic, bolstered by its presentation with a superb booklet.
This album is from one of her less successful periods, the early to mid eighties, although listening to the album now its difficult to see why it was not more popular with the record buying public, I can only assume poor promotion was to blame ( I was a kid at the time and I don't remember Donna Summer featuring much on TV or radio ).
There are some brilliant pop songs on here. 'Supernatural Love' has a real catchy hook, 'I'm Free' is good, the slower tempo 'There Goes My Baby' was apparently a hit in the USA, and the quite brilliant 'Eyes' always reminds me a bit of Gary Numan's 'Cars' with a very similar early-eighties sound.
In short, if you're not sure whether to buy this, maybe the absence of well-known hit songs is putting you off, or you just never heard of the album, you need not worry, you will not be disappointed, even if you only have a passing interest in Donna Summer, but like music from that period.
I can't think of a bad album of hers. Love her voice and I'm sad that we will never hear a new song. If you are a fan of Donna's music then buy this cd.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent musical work. Donna Summer as always reinventing musically. This deluxe edition is a great musical Jewel.Published 12 months ago by ivan torres
All Warner CD published at the beginning of CD life were shamed on quality. Some Vinyl were better quality.
It was the case with this album. Read more
75 quid? Lol.. what a shame! A great dance pop album by the queen of the dance and this album gets people either loving it or hating it, i love it and i will buy a Cd copy when i... Read morePublished on 3 July 2011 by Susan faust