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on 10 April 2008
I have been a long life fan of Donna Summer ever since I heard her L.P. Love to love you baby way back in 1975.

I have to say that I was disappointed that Ms Summers new album did not contain "Valley of the moon" or "Adonia" which was previously sampled on Donna's old web site. I also hoped that Donna's new c-d "Crayons" would have used established classic producers like the Gibb brothers, Chic, Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellotte, etc, with an eclectic mix of new songwriters such as, Dido, Joss Stone and Lucie Silvas. I was also expecting the new album to contain cover versions of Donna's favourite songs, Sting's "Fields of Gold" and the Moody Blues "Knights in white satin" plus Donna covering of Cher's "Still" would have been a joy to have as a track on any future album of Ms Summer. I also was hoping that Donna, after 17 years, would have plans to release her first single of 1974 called "Denver Dreams" on c-d which is a classic timeless song and very under rated.
I remember the days of Bob Marley, "Exodus and Kaya" and hope that Ziggy's duet with Donna on the title track "Crayons" will do justice to his father's memory. Summer approaches a song like an actress approaching and performing the role as if she were in a play; she breathes life into a song by way of putting her stamp onto a song, making the song her very own which few other artists can claim to do the same, with exception of Grace Jones.
So here's hoping that the 17 year wait for Ms Summer's new c-d "Crayons" will live up to and meet with its fans expectations!

(PS) While other Divas such as Aretha, Streisand and Ross or limited, Donna Summer is extremely diverse and crafted in all areas as well as penning her own material she makes a song her own, I would always be amazed at how each album of Ms Summer would release would break new ground or accomplish a different musical genre, from the sultry first 12" "love to love you baby" to "I remember yesterday" with its musical journey starting from the title track, "I remember yesterday" based on the 40's to the 50's "loves unkind" onto the 60's "back in love again" ending with the ground breaking hypnotic electronic "I feel love" symbolising the 70's. When John Lennon first heard I feel love he was quoted as saying "I have just heard the future!!!"
Then came 1978 and Mac Arthur's park suit which was the first single to have a new instrument called "the Synn drum" used on both the single "Mac Arthur Park and the album "Live and more" and then came spring of 1979 and "Bad Girls" with Summer voice which was used as a tool to make a rock record, "Hot Stuff" Summer managed to have three consecutives platinum albums in the U.S. charts from 1977 to 1979 which made her the only artist ever to accomplish this to this day! Then came the 80's and while everyone raved about Bob Geldof and Midge Ure "Band aid" in 1984, people forget that Donna's 1982 album which spawned "State of Independence" with an all-star choir, which more or less give the creators of Band aid the idea in the first place.
In 1980 Summer released "The wanderer" when in November 1980 an English T.V. Station was interviewing Andrew Lloyd Webber he was asked what his favourite single/album at the time was?
He replied "Donna Summer's The Wanderer!" Obviously Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber could see "The Wanderer" as an Alice in wonderland musical.

In 1984, Donna released "Cats without claws" which was more a rock c-d and would have made such legends such as Stevie Nick's, ex Fleetwood Mac and Patti Smith, from the Patti Smith Group, sat up and pay attention! The year before in the Summer of 1983, Summer had scored a number one hit in the States with "She works hard for the money" 1987 brought an eclectic album, "All systems go" spawning the sultry, steaming track, "Thinking about my baby" which brings me to mind of Bobby Goldsboro brilliant hit "Summer the first time" Summer has received Grammies and a Oscar and has co-penned most of her albums and to date has achieved what few females artists have!
Listen to any of Ms Summers concept albums and you'll see that Donna Summer is not only a singer song writer, but she also tells a story through her music.

Read Summers autobiography "Ordinary Girl" to get the full undistorted facts on what she really said concerning her alleged remarks about AIDS! Needless to say, she was misquoted.

I also love Summers art work too, Summer and Joni Mitchell are the only two artists to my knowledge that pen, sing and create art!

Can't wait for May 20, play and ENJOY!!!!
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on 11 August 2011
This is the ultimate Donna Summer albums, contains all her classic hits, plus 2 new songs. One of my all time favourite singers, Summer is a legend whose voice just gets better.
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on 3 May 2015
A good compilation of all the hits
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on 7 August 2014
kind regards P.Thatcher/UK/
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on 31 July 2015
bril album great price
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on 12 November 2015
big fan of Ms Summer
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on 21 May 2015
very happy, thanks
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on 12 August 2015
just as described
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on 5 October 2015
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on 29 October 2015
.. Fab album :)
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