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On the Radio [Import]

Donna Summer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B008861TYO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Radio Remaster In On The Mark 2 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
To say this CD remastered in 2012 is amazing is an understatement. Universal Japan has done a stellar job with upgrading this CD. They didn't overkill with excessive volume. In addition, the improved sound allows the listener to appreciate the amazing musicianship of the players associated with Donna Summer such as Keith Forsey on drums, Harold Faltermeyer on keyboards and of course Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellote as producers, writers and arrangers. The sound of the high hat snare is so vibrant and clear. The upgraded sound truly stands out on such tracks as I Remember Yesterday, I Love You, I Feel Love and of course Enough is Enough among others. I had forgotten how Moroder and Bellote had intentionally connected the songs on each "side" of the original LP. The extra treat on this reissue and all of the other 7 reissues is the artwork. They are exact replicas of the original LP jackets. This title along with Once Upon A Time, Bad Girls and Live & More's jackets fold out in some way. Also each title includes complete lyrics in English and Japanese. The CD is worth the hefty price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange edit on Mac Arthur Park 5 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
This review is for: On the Radio (Japanese Mini LP SHM-CD 2012)
...not bought via Amazon Marketplace, as there are better deals out there. The presentation is great, and I love the replica thick cardboard gatefold sleeve! The CD nestles for its own protection in a CD-shaped plastic sleeve, the whole gorgeous jewel of an object d'art is supplied in a resealable plastic sleeve, and the sound (newly remastered in Japan) is fantastic. This has always been my favorite Donna Summer compililation because of the way the tracks segue, the sequence works really well, and it was a kind of a summary at the end of an era. My only disappointment is that on Mac Arthur Park at about the 1:43 mark there are a truly horrible couple of drop outs, where originally there was a percussion fill - I can almost see an engineer yanking on the faders - and I presume that was done when the album was compiled and remixed, 'Heaven Knows' why, along with a few other clunky edits here and there to shorten the tracks, which I don't mind so much as they were necessary. I would rather have an accurate remaster from a master tape that shows up the limitations of the original than an unfaithful 'improved' version, but for me I prefer the Mac Arthur Park Single Mix on The Journey: The Very Best Of Donna Summer. Otherwise, beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On The Radio Remaster Is On The Mark 31 Aug 2012
By Music Mixer 101 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To say this CD remastered in 2012 is amazing is an understatement. Universal Japan has done a stellar job with upgrading this CD. They didn't overkill with excessive volume. In addition, the improved sound allows the listener to appreciate the amazing musicianship of the players associated with Donna Summer such as Keith Forsey on drums, Harold Faltermeyer on keyboards and of course Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellote as producers, writers and arrangers. The sound of the high hat snare is so vibrant and clear. The upgraded sound truly stands out on such tracks as I Remember Yesterday, I Love You, I Feel Love and of course Enough is Enough among others. I had forgotten how Moroder and Bellote had intentionally connected the songs on each "side" of the original LP. The extra treat on this reissue and all of the other 7 reissues is the artwork. They are exact replicas of the original LP jackets. This title along with Once Upon A Time, Bad Girls and Live & More fold out in some way. Also each title includes complete lyrics in English and Japanese. The CD is worth the hefty price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE DONNA SUMMER JAPAN REMASTERS ARE SUPERB!! 25 Jan 2013
By W. Budris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I chose to write my review with "On The Radio-Greatest Hits 1 & 2",since this was the vinyl I wore out in 1979, but played my other Casablanca releases of Ms. Donna, as well, only not as often unless I wanted the longer versions. I just invested roughly $300 to get all the Japan remasters of Donna's early Casablanca output because of what I was reading about the improved sound quality in all the reviews here on Amazon by other purchasers. I totally agree that the sound is beyond belief compared to the original vinyl and previous CD issues. I hope the USA picks up on this and issues them here, especially since we lost Donna in 2012 way too young. I took the advice and also did not get Bad Girls, since I had the 2003 remastered and expanded edition, as the sound was basically the same on this new issue. The rest of the Casablanca issues really shine like diamonds with these new HMCD masters from Japan. There are instruments I don't believe I've heard before and the stereo separation, especially on many of the electronic-sounding tracks (I Feel Love, Sunset People) are outstanding.

Donna was always my disco queen above Gloria Gaynor and all the rest, though I love them all. Donna was always on that pedestal. This musical history explains why and it is well worth investing in these updates so long as they are available. Now I am hoping the powers-that-be in Japan or the US will now do the albums from 1980 and forward at least through 1991 (Crayons from 2008 doesn't need a remaster). If the early material sounds this good, I cannot wait for similar results to be done to "She Works Hard For The Money" and "Another Place And Time", my two most favorite Donna post-Casablanca albums. Please make this happen.

All Donna fans, these remasters are a must if you want the best sounding version of the classics. If your budget doesn't allow (even one at a time), I hope something happens for you here in the US in 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the time Greatest Hits albums were an event! 21 Oct 2012
By bobby morrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1979 was THE year for Donna Summer. Not many artists could place 2 double platinum LPs 12 months but she did it effortlessly. In fact, On The Radio was released when previous album Bad Girls was still in the top 30 and indeed, the lead single from OTR, the wondrous Streisand duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), entered the charts when Dim All The Lights was still climbing the top 10!

Actually, the release of On The Radio made poor business sense. It shortened Bad Girls chart run and I still think the latter had another couple of hit singles in it... Still, I didn't complain at the time! OTR was quite the event. A gorgeous double LP with a gatefold sleeve and free poster included. The kind of package only the very top stars received...

The track list was always controversial. As a UK fan, I was disappointed by big hits like Love's Unkind, Down Deep Inside and Could It Be Magic not being included, yet a third of the previously mentioned Bad Girls LP was! I quickly learned to think of On The Radio as a 'new' album. The remixes and edits helped the illusion and let's face it, despite my niggles, it's a hell of a tracklist...

33 years on, if you're looking for the definitive Donna hits package, On The Radio probably isn't it. After all, she had numerous hits after it and plenty of compliations represent this more accurately. What it is is another first class release from a singer at the top of her game. Last Dance. Mac Arthur Park. I Feel Love. There isn't a dud song on it.

I'm reviewing the 2012 Japanese Universal remaster of On The Radio. It comes in a perfect replica of the original's gatefold sleeve and looks and sounds beautiful. As the previous reviewer said, the remaster isn't an overly compressed one but feels fresher and more natural than ever. In fact, all 7 Summer titles in the series are stunning and are all worth seeking out. But, do it quick. Japanese releases don't stay in print for long...

So, On The Radio 2012 is well worth the upgrade and it's wonderful to see Donna's back catalogue get the royal treatment. I'm sure she'd be delighted with this, as am I.
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