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REMASTERED COMPILATION FOR THE NEW GENERATION,
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This review is from: I Feel Love: The Collection (Audio CD)
As a huge Donna Summer fan, I really wish I had the power to supervise a compilation set which would contain all her career-defining songs from the 1970s up to the 2000s. This new UK compilation is the first official compilation that has come out more than a year after Donna's untimely passing in May 2012. It covers the 1976-1983 period of Donna's career with songs taken from 1976's "Love to Love You Baby" to 1983's "She Works Hard For The Money." There are no songs in this compilation from 1977's "Four Seasons of Love" and 1980's "The Wanderer."
Similar to her previous compilations, there are many songs lacking here but I understand that this set was intended mainly for the UK market where Donna's "I Feel Love" was a massive hit there and, surprisingly, her only no. 1 in the UK charts. Hence, the title "I Feel Love The Collection." Songs like "Love's Unkind" and "Back In Love Again" from 1977's "I Remember Yesterday" are featured here since they became UK hits. Hearing these songs plus "Sunset People" (also a UK hit) and "Our Love" from 1979's "Bad Girls" makes me really wonder why they were never released in the US as singles since these songs could have become massive hits during the 70s when Donna ruled the Billboard pop and dance charts.
Instead of 12" versions which have all been featured in her other cds, Disc 2 could have included other Donna songs which made the UK charts like the lush "Winter Melody," "The Wanderer," "State of Independence," "The Woman In Me," "Stop, Look and Listen," "Dinner With Gershwin," "All Systems Go," "This Time I Know It's For Real," "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt," "Love's About To Change My Heart," "When Love Takes Over You," "Breakaway," "Work That Magic," "Melody Of Love," "Carry On" and "I Will Go With You." Worth mentioning, "I Feel Love" hit the UK charts 3x in 1977, 1982 and 2012 while "State Of Independence" also hit 3x in 1982, 1990 and 1996 yet it's nowhere in this compilation set.
Disc 3 could have been devoted to Donna's songs after 1983 with concentration on her musical input in the early 2000s prior to 2008's "Crayons" comeback. This disc could have featured songs like "La Vie En Rose (Stringapella Mix)," "I Got Your Love," "Whenever There is Love" (duet with Bruce Roberts), "Does He Love You?" (duet with Liza Minnelli), "Someday," "Power of Love," "The Power Of One" and one of my all-time favorite Donna Summer songs, "Breakaway" (Remix Edit) from 1989's "Another Place and Time" plus Donna rarities like "Dreamcatcher," "When I Look Up," "My Prayer For You," "Take Heart,"
Donna's version of "A Whole New World," "Rosie Christmas" and "O Holy Night" from her very underrated "Christmas Spirit" cd.
Looking at the positive aspect of this compilation, I really love the beautiful cover. The cd has an insert with a photo of a young Donna (circa 1976) and another picture of Donna and Giorgio Moroder in the studio during their heyday (circa 1970s) plus photos of her albums where the featured songs were taken. The writing credits of two songs, however, are wrong. For instance, "I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mix)" on Disc 2 and "Love To Love You Baby" on Disc 1 only credits Giorgio and Pete as songwriters without Donna when it is a fact that the three of them wrote both groundbreaking songs.
The songs on this compilation sound really good after being remastered. I noticed the thumping bass on songs like "Love To Love You Baby," "I Remember Yesterday," "Last Dance," "Down Deep Inside," "Je T'Aime." For the new generation, this could be their introduction to the timeless music of a legendary diva, Donna Summer. She had so many great songs in her catalogue including album cuts and non-hits which are really enough material for a great compilation. I am waiting for my copy of "Love To Love You Donna" which is a US compilation of new remixes of her classic songs.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2013 09:33:19 GMT
Music Mixer 101 says:
Just for the record. unfortunately most of the music you want on Disc 2 and Disc 3 are not owned by Universal Music. Donna Summer's Geffen, Atlantic and Sony CD's have been owned by Donna Summer or now Donna Summer's estate and they aren't giving permission to use this music. Probably waiting to re-release much of that music in the future. For example Cherry Pop inquired the last year or two to release a deluxe version of Another Time Another Place and were denied the rights.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 00:26:21 GMT
Xavier Limtuaco says:
Hi there Music Mixer 101! Oh I am so disappointed to hear about licensing issues. Anyway, I have been dreaming of a Deluxe Version of Another Place And Time, one of my favorite Donna Summer albums, similar to the wonderful Deluxe Versions of Rick Astley's first 2 albums produced by SAW which contained the remastered album on Disc 1 and various remixes on Disc 2. Anyway, I hope that the Donna Summer estate could give permission to Universal to use Donna's later material so that we can come up with a truly definitive compilation with remastered sound. Cheers!
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