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Disco-rock at it's best
on 27 October 2013
From the late 70's into the early eighties everyone was doing disco-rock, even Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Steward...well you get the picture. Michael Jackson always seems to be given credit for this new sound, but Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' was really the first!. Rock Instrumentation with a heavy drum beat. Donna Summer never really gave into making a whole album with this sound until 'Cats without claws'. And in my opinion, the best disco-rock album ever made.
The reason why this album was not as successful as it might have been was because all the problems that surfaced with the release of this album, she had fulfilled her contract with her pervious record company by delivering 'She works hard for the money' and was free to try new things. She did not want to be remembered or constrained by the disco image in the 1980's! And the backlash started!
But this is a strong album, 'There goes by baby' was really the only hit in America and 'Supernatural love' was being played quite a lot too, but didn't become a hit. 'Eyes' was eventually released as a single in the UK, but greatly reworked to make it sound more disco with more drums added and with a lot of the guitars taken off. 'Oh Billy Please' is also an album highlight. If you don't know this album well, think of 'Hot Stuff' with more guitars, it worked really well for Donna creatively but not commercially.