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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album, 15 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: A Love Trilogy (Audio CD)
Donna Summer's second album is superb. At various times in my life I have worked out what my favourite albums or CD's would be and this one is always there somewhere - it is an album which meant so much to me at the time, I knew every single note of it. Amazingly, it still sounds outstanding today. It was the follow up to her "Love To Love You Baby" album, which was a decidely hit or miss affair and did not suggest that Donna would be around too long as a recording artist. The format is similar, with one long track which took the whole of the first side of the vinyl version and three shorter tracks on the second side. The long track (at 18 minutes) is "Try Me I Know We Can Make It" which is broken down into sections like "Try Me", "I Know", "We Can Make It", before coming together for (you guessed it) "Try Me I Know We Can Make It". A single was released but it was nowhere as good as the extended mix. It became a small hit in the States but didn't really do a great deal of business over here in the UK. "Could It Be Magic" was the stand out track, a cover version of a Barry Manilow song, which was just so exciting made even more so by a breathy spoken introduction and a middle section which many ways seemed even ruder than "Love To Love You Baby"! How this wasn't a huge hit I will never know- the Take That smash revival of the song seemed to owe more to this version than to Barry's. I was obsessed by this album- I played it over and over again. It seemed so creative, so very then. I would still argue that it was Donna's best album - yet sales wise it certainly did not capitalise or build on the success of the first album. Do not miss out on this CD.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2012 11:10:45 GMT
Brian says:
I think much of Donna's early back catalogue is now being revisited and given the 'classic' status it so rightly deserves. Donna's version of "Could It Be Magic" is the best version of this song, imho. For me, though, the ultimate Donna Summer has to be "Once Upon a Time" - like 'I Feel Love', this album was way ahead of its time and, arguably, contained some of the first trance music.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2014 22:10:18 GMT
Dg Truby says:
Definitely agree Once upon a time is the greatest Donna Summer album and as other people have said the double lp which has been released as a single cd is a magic carpet ride from start to finish. Donna was dismissed as a Disco Artist but she made brilliant albums and singles and had a brilliant voice. She will be sadly missed.
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