I was aged twelve to fifteen for the period that this `Best Of' covers. So, for me, it's thirty-seven minutes of nostalgia. With Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte in the producers' chairs, we have the best of Euro-disco with an American diva at the vocal helm. Summer of course is more than a voice, co-writing four of the nine tracks on show.
Many of the songs are more than mere disco fodder too; they possess intelligent lyrics, though admittedly `I Feel Love' has words that are earthier than intellectual! When I first heard that song, my young mind was blown away; it's a song for love-making on and off the dance-floor.
The set opens with `Bad Girls', with its West Coast feel for "Friday night and the strip is hot". There's a heavy electronic influence in many of the songs here, especially in `I Feel Love', `Our Love', and in `Sunset People', where there are "pretty girls, still sixteen, but know the world." But the producers also fuse electronics with the full works: strings, horns, guitar solos, sax solos, perfect percussion, and a solid bass. The apotheosis of this set combines most of these in a brilliant arrangement in the tour de force that is `MacArthur Park'. Summer's superbly strong voice is phenomenal.
The full track list comprises Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, On The Radio, I Feel Love, Walk Away, Last Dance, Sunset People, MacArthur Park, Our Love. There's not a duff track on this set. I love it: five stars.