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I'm a Rainbow [Double CD, Original recording remastered]

Donna Summer Audio CD
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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 (1 Dec 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Driven By The Music
  • ASIN: B00N0FN8UQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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. ‘I’M A RAINBOW’ was the second album recorded for Geffen Records and due for release 1981/1982 but was shelved at the time, as David Geffen wanted to bring in Quincy Jones to produce the album that became ‘Donna Summer’. ‘I’M A RAINBOW’, which was produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, was eventually released in its entirety in 1996 by PolyGram, as a single 18-track CD release. A few tracks had been released in the early 1980s, including ‘Highway Runner’ and ‘Romeo’ with the latter being included on the ‘Flashdance’ OST. ‘Flashdance’ included the ballad ‘Lady, Lady, Lady’, which was performed by original Brooklyn Dreams singer Joe Esposito, who appears on the duet ‘I Believe In You’, the opening track of ‘I’M A RAINBOW’. The album was originally intended to be Donna Summer’s fourth Double-Album (fifth, if you count ‘On The Radio – Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2’) and as such, this re-issue will be released as originally configured, as two CDs, representing each of the Record One and Record Two sequence. Some of the album’s recordings nod back to the 1970s heights but they also provide introspection as to how her early 1980s recordings might have rolled-out, had the project been completed as intended. There are several musical styles and ideas contained within the Double Album, which gave the option to experiment, something not as easy to do in the constraints of a 38 minute LP. This re-mastered re-issue, is packaged in a sumptuous case-bound book, containing the original credits and acknowledgements alongside newly authored liner notes by noted US writer Christian John Wikane, with brand new interviews with Bruce Sudano, Harold Faltermeyer, Sylvester Levay, Stephanie Spruill, Joe "Bean" Esposito, Kim Carnes and archive interview with Donna Summer by Christian John Wikane and features the original studio album on 2CDs.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I recall when I first saw on the cover of Billboard Magazine sometime in late 1995 while in college that Donna Summer's "shelved" double LP was going to be released on Polygram Records. It was a thrill to think that I was finally going to hear a CD quality version of this fabled and lost music. Well I loved what I heard. The CD of course has a Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, and Harold Faltermeyer sound. Songs such as Romeo, Runner with the Pack, and People Talk all possess the electronic sound that made her CD's great and cutting edge. The ballads such as To Turn the Stone (simply sublime and spine-tingling) I'm A Rainbow, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, You To Me, Sweet Emotion and I Need Time give the listener a window into Donna's introspective side. I Believe in You a duet with Joe "Bean" Esposito of Brooklyn Dreams is uplifting and their voices blend so well as they did on the song Heaven Knows.

However, there always seemd to be so many unanswered questions as to why David Geffen shelved the project. Over the years there has been speculation. In one interview, Pete Bellotte reported after playing the record for David Geffen back in 1981, the response seemed positive but in truth he hated the double LP. Well recently more about why the project was cancelled has been revealed. In a recent and amazing interview with Harold Faltermeyer in the October 2012 issue of Daeida Magazine, Harold says that during the recording of this double album Donna seemed changed and her music became bland. She uncharacteristically was not showing up for recording sessions and when she did she would sing for a while and then have to leave and not come back for a couple of days. Harold also said in the interview that Giorgio Moroder had sent him to N.Y.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Donna classic was unreleased for 15 years 6 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Donna was teamed for the last time with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte in 1981 to create this jewel and it features some of her best work from timely ballads like 'True love survives' (which she does in bass which has always been my favourite incarnation of her wonderfully versatile voice) to the seductive 'Runner with the Pack'. The standout tunes for me were the joyous 'Walk on', 'People Talk','To Turn the Stone' and the lush, mesmerising title track. There is one song though which I wasn't so keen on which is 'Brooklyn', a sentimental (but still quite funky) tribute to her baby daughter (although I've grown to quite like it now). Donna also does a grand and slightly different cover of 'Don't cry for me Argentina'. It seems odd that the album was never released at the time, the album was shelved and Donna was teamed with Quincy Jones to make the far less effective 'Donna Summer' LP of 1982. 'I'm a Rainbow' finally saw the light of day in 1996 and a good thing to as it has proved to be my favourite of all her albums so far.
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