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There are now a huge choice of Donna Summer compilations so this one is for completists as it contains different versions of certain tracks. These were all singles, major and minor hits, without any of her classic album tracks that made some of her albums, like Bad Girls, so special. From the 1970s comes the erotic Love To Love You Baby, Could It Be Magic, Last Dance from the disco movie Thank God It's Friday, the lilting Love's Unkind, the majestic MacArthur Park and No More Tears, the duet with Streisand. And her brilliant and original fusion of disco and rock in the form of Hot Stuff and Bad Girls, two of the very best songs of 1979 in any genre.

The next decade she changed her style, creating great pop songs like Love Is In Control, the anthemic State Of Independence, the rock-pop She Works Hard For The Money, the bouncy Unconditional Love, a collaboration with Musical Youth, and then a return to dance in the late 80s style with the brilliant All Systems Go and This Time I Know It's For Real. The track When Love Cries and the following are from the 1990s and the 2000s and include the classic I Will Go With You. Although this is a good collection of her singles, I give it four stars since the perfect compilation would include some of those aforementioned album tracks like My Baby Understands, Our Love and Lucky (all from Bad Girls) and at least one track from her Christmas album.
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on 6 August 2006
As you can see from the offerings available on Amazon, Ms Summer has as many collections available as she has original albums. But this one actually gets it right. From Love to Love You through to You're So Beautiful, this is the collection to get. Almost every album is represented.
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on 22 January 2011
And what I mean by that title is that if you are looking for an all-encompassing, single edits-based collection of Donna's work spanning her imperious Seventies phase right through to "Dream-A-Lot's Theme" from 2004, then this is the one to get.

Spread over two CD's, it is easily the broadest and most diverse collection of her work since it covers "Love To Love You Baby" from 1975 all the way through to the above named track nearly 30 years' later, a quite staggering timespan for someone who, arguably, peaked in the late Seventies and early Eighties.

What strikes you upon listening to her music is how risk-taking and adventurous an artist she is. Lyrically, she hasn't pushed back too many boundaries (unless you count the orgasmic moaning on "Love To Love You Baby"), but musically, what she did with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte is virtually unsurpassable and still sounds contemporary over 30 years' later.

The other thing you notice is how passionate and involved a singer she is - she always sounds totally committed to whatever she's singing about, even some of the most mundane nonsense about Love somehow sounds like the end of the world.

If you just want a convenient snapshot of Donna's career and talent, then this is the collection to buy. If you're looking for something more challenging, and ultimately rewarding, then I would unhesitatingly point you in the direction of "The Dance Collection", a compilation of some of her Seventies 12" singles in all their breathtaking glory. I'd also recommend the 2-disc edition of "The Journey", which is an earlier Greatest Hits collection (which disappointingly stops at 1989). The 1-disc version is inferior to "Gold", but the 2-disc features some stunning full-length 12" remixes never previously available on CD before and is well worth getting for that reason alone.

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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2008
Donna Summer collections run into quite a number these days so choosing one really depends upon your tastes. Gold is the most comprehensive and wide ranging, giving a very good overview of her career. Barring a couple of early omissions it really is the most definitve of all the collections.

Summer's career began by accident when a DJ, wanting to take a break on a long late night shift decided to put on the full version of "Love To Love You Baby" and was innundated with requests. The nearly 17 minute symphonic piece of disco soft porn was never conceived as a single but it was pared down and produced Donna Summer's first hit (albeit banned for being too steamy in the UK) and it began a run of hits which crowned Donna Summer the queen of disco.

The collection adds a good number of these from the majestic "I Feel Love" through to the bizzare disco cover of "MacArthur Park" plus some of the earlier less well known but equally valuable pieces such as "Spring Affair" and "Could It Be Magic". This is a period of massive success for her and it is the part of her career which suffers from the most omissions. There are 4 big hits missing here of which "Down Deep Inside (Theme From The Deep)" is quite notable as it is a very close cousin to "I Feel Love" and has plenty of producer Giorgio Moroder's wonderful electronics. Quibbles aside the early material is well represented. The version of "MacArthur Park" is a promo version not previously easy to find.

The second disc moves on to what could easily be titled, "what Donna Summer did once they said disco was dead". Here are the fruits of the next 20 years. Beginning with the rocky minor hit "The Wanderer" and heading through the Quincy Jones produced "Donna Summer" album, which included "State Of Independence" she survived the disco hating masses burning her records only to have her original gay following do the same after her ill advised pronouncements on AIDS a few years later. Yet despite all the controversy she produced a series of decent records which may not have hit the heights of her 70's material but at least proved her staying power. A collaboration with the Stock, Aitkin, and Waterman conglomorate in the late 80's briefly sent her back into the upper reaches of the charts.

From "She Works Hard For The Money" through to 1994's "Melody Of Love" there are some good songs to be found. The later material is not greatly represented but there is enough evidence here to argue that Donna Summer can turn her hand to newer permutations of dance music. Doubters need go no further than 2004's "You're So Beautiful" for the evidence.

This is a broad selection of music and not one for those who simply want to revisit her disco golden age, as there are better demonstations of that elsewhere. What this gives is an excellently mastered and diverse, comprehensive overview of an artist who survived better than you might ever have realised.
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on 18 April 2012
Soulful, sexy and melodic. This is a necessity in every collection, if you like 70s and 80s R&B.
There are other hits compilations that omit important tracks but this is very complete for the price.
However, there are tracks that you may still require after buying this album, but it is a good place to start your Donna Summer collection.
If it had this track, I would have given it 5 stars. I Remember Yesterday
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VINE VOICEon 1 April 2015
Gold is not the first Donna Summer compilation and you can bet it will not be the last. it's a two-disc set containing an overly generous list of 34 songs, roughly half of which will be of no import to those only wanting the big dancefloor hits from the '70s and '80s -- "I Feel Love," "Love to Love You Baby," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "On the Radio," "She Works Hard for the Money," and alike.

All the obvious picks are included, along with just about every other chart entry through 2004. However, this does have the advantage of being an up-to-date anthology as of early 2005. Nevertheless an excellent collection that and is worthy of a five star rating.
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on 29 November 2013
Hard to believe it was so many years ago that the BBC banned Donna Summer for being too sexy for Radio 1.
It's a great album of greatest hits, more hits than you might realise that Donna had.
I was sad to hear when she died not long ago, and only at 64 years old.
As I get older it makes me sad to think we don't know how long we have left, so I have some good memories of my younger better days in this collection of great songs from Donna Summer's heyday, when I enjoyed them on nights out at disco's.
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on 7 January 2013
Wonderful singer, so sad she is no longer with us. Great value for money. Nostalgic and fun, will get any party going.
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on 5 January 2013
This CD is great value with most of Donna Summers hit tracks it was just what I was looking for to play in the car.
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on 8 July 2013
Donna Summer fans need no telling of how great she was and this cd puts a whole lot of pleasure in one place.
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