- 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: 125,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is Donna Summer doing something new again. The album was produced by Quincey Jones in between producing "Off The Wall" and "Thriller" for Michael... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Paul Bridgeman Swansea
This original CD is as rare as hens teeth but one seller on Amazon seems to have sold many ..booklet looks like a substandard copy but CD sounds ok ..perplexed ?!?Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Guy Andrews
The cd arrived at time and in happiness, it is in accordance with the description and in very good state.Published on 26 April 2010 by Roveccio Henri
This is essentially a Quincy Jones album with Donna Summer as vocalist. It was recorded the same year as Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', also produced by Q, and shares musical... Read morePublished on 2 July 2009 by Ant Man Bee
This release use the same title and image of Donna Summer as the rare orignal 1982 Geffen release produced by Quincy Jones. Read morePublished on 5 April 2008 by Per Johny Bekkevold
This is not one of Donna Summer's more memorable albums like the late 70s classics, but still a good listening experience that displays her versatility. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2002 by Peter Uys