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Donna Summer
December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948, Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s.
With a mezzo-soprano vocal range, she was a five-time Grammy Award winner and the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US ... Read more in Amazon's Donna Summer Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E6D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Is In Control
2. Mystery Of Love
3. The Woman In Me
4. State Of Independence
5. Livin' In America
6. Protection
7. (If It) Hurts Just A Little
8. Love Is Just A Breath Away
9. Lush Life

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE on 7 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, the MP3 download linked from this Amazon page is a completely different album. This review is for the 1982 album "Donna Summer", released on Warner Brothers in the UK and Geffen in the U.S.

I agree to a certain extent with the earlier reviewer who put the case for this being a Quincy Jones album with almost a 'guest vocalist' in the form of D.S. However, I think there is more to it than that, and Donna's voice does have enough strength of character to put its stamp on the material, despite Quincy Jones giving it his best prime-period early 80s production.

The overall production on the uptempo songs is not dissimilar to MJ's "Off The Wall" or "Thriller", but the album steers off into braver territory with the cover of "State of Independence"... and I'd also make a case for "Lush Life" being a work of genius, not an awkward add-on at the end of the album. Listen to the subtle interplay of sax and vocal line in the second half of the song, for example - and Donna gets those tricky chromatic intervals in the melody line absolutely spot-on.

State of Independence is of course the great centrepiece of the album and builds beautifully on the strong rhythm track that is established from the first few bars of the song. Donna's searing vocal twists, turns and builds through the song, delaying the glorious moment when you just _know_ the choir are gonna come crashing in with their "He-e-e-y!!". The lyrics may be complete new-age guff, but as a song it works brilliantly.

Elsewhere "The Woman In Me" is a sultry slowie, with a superb atmosphere built up by Quincy Jones' musicians and production.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have ninety nine percent point five percent of my LP collection now on CD. This is one of a handful that I do not; indeed I have just bought online a second copy of the LP for a very low price, as my original from the 80's is completely worn.

I thoroughly agree that this album is well, well overdue for CD re-release. Just look at the silly new CD prices, here on Amazon.

As for the album itself, compared to her electro-dance stuff, whilst wonderful, they were as much about the 12" mixes as anything. Though some tracks aren't as strong as they could be, the brilliant ones are just that. Quincy Jones' arrangements and production suits her to a T, holding her voice aloft or enveloping her in luscious instrumentation.

'The Woman In Me' is a stand-out and 'Lush Life' melts me every time. I'd buy this album just for that. Sultry, emotive vocals that evoke a hot-summer's night. Keyboards float around her soaring vocals and the spatial stereo of this album is lovely. The sax solo in Lush Life is one that aches its angst until the very end of the record, flitting, jazz style in and out of her longing vocals.

Everybody's favourite, State of Independence is anthemic and should have been a big, big hit, on an international level.

'I Need Protection' is a powerful Pate Benatar style footstomper, with enough groove for the dancefloor. Some other tracks have an 80's edge to their backing vocals and the Stevie Wonder 'style' brass accompaniments have been highlighted by other reviewers.

Me keeping my old turntable operational is partly due to this album. When I go through the relative rigmarole of getting it out and playing it, makes it more of an occasion. One for which I have to award maximum score. I have to stand up for this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug K on 14 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a massive born-again Donna fan it saddens me that I can only give this album 3 stars.

I have listened to this album again and again and I just cannot warm to it. As other reviewers have said it sounds overblown and over-produced and now sounds more dated than any of her other albums. This is definitely a Quincy Jones album with Donna as a guest vocalist.

On some tracks Donna sounds strained, (when she shouldn't be), yet on other tracks restrained, (when she shouldn't be). She had the best voice in the business so this should have been a walk in the park for her. Donna had very little artistic input with this album and it shows. Either side of this album are terrific albums produced by Moroder, Omartian, and SAW. So who got it right and who got it wrong?

My own views are: David Geffen, (he tried to fix something that wasn't broken), and Quincy Jones - he obviously didn't gel with this little gem with the fantastic voice. Donna always was a first-take artist who could crack it at the first attempt; I think he tried to push her and as such failed.
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When David Geffen wanted to spark the career of Donna Summer, he asked Quincy Jones for help. Somehow Quincy's magic didn't work out with Donna Summer, as it did with Michael Jackson. Something I don't understand, as I think this is a really great album. I bought the record in the eighties, but never bought the CD when it was released in the early nineties. And somehow I managed to trash the vinyl along the way, not knowing the CD became hard to get...

Now that I was able to buy the CD for a reasonable price, I was amazed at how well it aged. The album contains mostly great songs that easily match the quality of those of Jackson's Thriller era. Songs in a variety of styles from pop to disco to soul to rock and even a jazz standard.

Summer seemed to have said that this was not her album, but a Quincy Jones album on which she just happened to sing. And indeed, it is a typical Jones album. But I think that Jones did a great job supplying her with quality songs and musicians. And I think it is easily her best album after the seventies.
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