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Donna - The CD Collection Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Driven By The Music
  • ASIN: B00N0FN93M
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Wanderer
  2. Looking Up
  3. Breakdown
  4. Grand Illusion
  5. Running for Cover
  6. Cold Love
  7. Who Do You Think You're Foolin'
  8. Nightlife
  9. Stop Me
  10. I Believe in Jesus
  11. Who Do You Think You're Foolin' (Stereo Edit)
  12. Cold Love (Edit)

Disc: 2

  1. Love Is Control (Finger On the Trigger)
  2. Mystery of Love
  3. The Woman in Me
  4. State of Independence
  5. Livin' in America
  6. Protection
  7. (If It) Hurts Just a Little
  8. Love Is Just a Breath Away
  9. Lush Life
  10. Sometimes Like Butterflies
  11. Love Is in Control (Finger On the Trigger) (7" Version)
  12. Love Is in Control (Finger On the Trigger) (Dance Remix)
  13. Love Is in Control (Finger On the Trigger) (Instrumental Feat. Ernie Watts On Saxophone Solo)
  14. State of Independence (7" Version)
  15. State of Independence (N.R.G. Mix)
  16. State of Independence (New Radio Millennium Mix)

Disc: 3

  1. Supernatural Love
  2. It's Not the Way
  3. There Goes My Baby
  4. Suzanna
  5. Cats Without Claws
  6. Oh Billy, Please
  7. Eyes
  8. Maybe It's Over
  9. I'm Free
  10. Forgive Me
  11. Face the Music
  12. Eyes (7" Remix Edit)
  13. Supernatural Love (Extended Dance Remix)
  14. Eyes (Extended Mix)
  15. I'm Free (Extended Mix)

Disc: 4

  1. All Systems Go
  2. Bad Reputation
  3. Love Shock
  4. Jeremy
  5. Only the Fool Survives - Donna Summer & Mickey Thomas
  6. Dinner With Gershwin
  7. Fascination
  8. Voices Cryin' Out
  9. Thinkin' Bout My Baby
  10. Tearin' Down the Walls
  11. All Systems Go (Edit)
  12. All Systems Go (Extended Remix)
  13. Dinner With Gershwin (Edit)
  14. Dinner With Gershwin (Extended Version)
  15. Dinner With Gershwin (Instrumental)
  16. Only the Fool Survives (Edit) - Donna Summer & Mickey Thomas

Disc: 5

  1. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt
  2. When Love Takes Over You
  3. This Time I Know It's for Real
  4. The Only One
  5. In Another Place and Time
  6. Sentimental
  7. Whatever Your Heart Desires
  8. Breakaway
  9. If It Makes You Feel Good
  10. Love's About to Change My Heart

Disc: 6

  1. Breakaway (Power Radio Mix)
  2. Breakaway (Extended Power Mix)
  3. Breakaway (Remix - Full Version)
  4. Breakaway (Remix Edit)
  5. Breakaway (Instrumental Remix - Edit)
  6. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Phil Harding 12" Version)
  7. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Instrumental)
  8. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (7" Remix)
  9. I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Pete Hammond Original 12" Version)
  10. If It Makes You Feel Good (Pete Hammond Remix Instrumental)
  11. Sentimental (Instrumental)
  12. This Time I Know It's for Real (Extended Remix)
  13. This Time I Know It's for Real (Instrumental)

Disc: 7

  1. When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford 7")
  2. When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford Extended Remix)
  3. When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford Instrumental)
  4. When Love Takes Over You (Pete Hammond Original 12" Mix)
  5. The Only One (Instrumental)
  6. Whatever Your Heart Desires (Instrumental)
  7. Love's About to Change My Heart (Clivillés & Cole 12" Mix)
  8. Love's About to Change My Heart (Clivillés & Cole 7" Mix)
  9. Love's About to Change My Heart (Extended Remix)
  10. Love's About to Change My Heart (Instrumental)
  11. Love's About to Change My Heart (Love Dub)
  12. Love's About to Change My Heart (Dub)
  13. Love's About to Change My Heart (Loveland's Full-on 7" Radio Edit)
  14. Love's About to Change My Heart (PWL 7" Mix)

Disc: 8

  1. Get Ethnic
  2. Body Talk
  3. Work That Magic
  4. When Love Cries
  5. Heaven's Just a Whisper Away
  6. Cry of a Waking Heart
  7. Friends Unknown
  8. Fred Astaire
  9. Say a Little Prayer
  10. Mistaken Identity
  11. What Is It You Want
  12. Let There Be Peace
  13. When Love Cries (Single Version Remix)
  14. When Love Cries (Vocal Club Dub Aka Summertime Remix)
  15. Work That Magic (ISA Extended Remix)

Disc: 9

  1. I Believe (In You) - Donna Summer & Joe 'Bean' Esposito
  2. True Love Survives
  3. You to Me
  4. Sweet Emotion
  5. Leave Me Alone
  6. Melanie
  7. Back Where You Belong
  8. People Talk
  9. To Turn the Stone

Disc: 10

  1. Brooklyn
  2. I'm a Rainbow
  3. Walk On (Keep On Movin')
  4. Don't Cry for Me Argentina
  5. A Runner With the Pack
  6. Highway Runner
  7. Romeo
  8. End of the Week
  9. I Need Time

Product Description

Product Description

DONNA SUMMER gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre’s global popularity, rightly earning the title “Queen Of Disco” and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade. Donna was the first Artist to have three consecutive Double-Albums reach No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles in a thirteen month period. Donna’s catalogue has sold more than 130 Million units worldwide and this re-issue campaign of seven of her later albums, prove that she was able to accommodate new musical and production styles as the decade progressed. Donna Summer became the first Artist signed to the new Geffen Records label in 1980 and released her first album – ‘THE WANDERER’ - for the label in the same year. This limited edition CD box set collates the six subsequent albums originally released on Geffen Records and Atlantic Records (‘The Wanderer’, ‘Donna Summer’, ‘Cats Without Claws’, ‘All Systems Go’, ‘Another Place And Time’ and ‘Mistaken Identity’), as well as the ‘initially shelved’ 1981 album (‘I’m A Rainbow’) that was first released in its entirety in 1996. Also included within the box are six individual postcards, produced from Family approved photographs from Donna Summer’s archives, stylised to compliment the CD outer box. The individual re-mastered re-issues, are packaged in sumptuous case-bound books, containing the original full album credits and acknowledgements, the lyrics, as included in the original Geffen and Atlantic LP Records and newly authored liner notes by noted US writers Christian John Wikane and Justin ‘Musicology’ Kantor, with brand new interviews undertaken with, amongst others, Bruce Sudano, Brenda Russell, Greg Phillinganes, Harold Faltermeyer, James Ingram, Joe "Bean" Esposito, Kim Carnes, Sylvester Levay, as well as extracts from archive interviews with Donna Summer by Christian John Wikane. However, it is Donna Summer’s music that holds this all together and these re-issues feature the original studio albums, with additional non-album ‘B’ sides, radio edits, extended mixes and instrumental versions that have become available. (‘THE WANDERER’) ‘THE WANDERER’ continued the collaboration that she’d forged in the 1970s with the legendary producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who had helped mastermind her ascendancy throughout the 1970s. The album’s mixture of styles, shows how Donna paved the way for rock-infused dance/pop tunes, long before other artists followed the same route throughout the 1980s. With standout tracks ‘Looking Up’, ‘Cold Love’, ‘Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’’ and Nightlife’, ‘THE WANDERER’ bridged the gap between the 1970s and her continuing creative 1980s recorded music output. (‘DONNA SUMMER’) The second album released for the label was the 1982 classic ‘DONNA SUMMER’, which saw her enter new territory, with production duties taken over by Quincy Jones. This proved to be a masterstroke of the highest degree on David Geffen’s behalf, as the next album that Quincy produced was Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. The album’s r&b/pop dynamic featured a ‘Who’s Who’ of the genre, which can be seen from reading through the album credits, from the album’s lead single ‘Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)’, to the All Star Chorus on the Jon & Vangelis written ‘State Of Independence’, the James Ingram vocal harmonies on ‘Mystery Of Love’, the Bruce Springsteen-penned and performed ‘Protection’ and ‘(If It) Hurts Just A Little’ featuring Shalamar’s Howard Hewett, with a synth-vocal performance that he repeated on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ on (‘PYT’), the track being heavily sampled in 1999 by Cassius in ‘Cassius 1999’. (‘CATS WITHOUT CLAWS’) The third album released for the label was 1984’s ‘CATS WITHOUT CLAWS’, which was produced by Michael Omartian, who gave the album a mid-80s dance/pop themed sound. The album’s singles included ‘Supernatural Love’, ‘There Goes My Baby’ and ‘Eyes’. Michael Omartian’s production credits include albums with Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Christopher Cross, Amy Grant, Whitney Houston, The Jacksons, and Rod Stewart. In a co-production with Quincy Jones, they were behind the mixing desk for USA For Africa’s 1985 No. 1 hit, "We Are the World". (‘ALL SYSTEMS GO’) The fourth album released for the label was 1987’s ‘ALL SYSTEMS GO’, which was produced by long-term Giorgio Moroder collaborator and movie soundtrack composer, Harold Faltermeyer, gave the album a slightly harder-edged, FM-radio friendly sound with a heavier R&B influence. Out of the two further tracks recorded for the album, ‘Dinner With Gershwin’, which was produced by Richard Perry and written by Brenda Russell, gave the album that desired FM-radio sound, with the single becoming a worldwide hit. Other singles include ‘Only The Fool Survives, a duet with Starship’s lead-singer Mickey Thomas and the album’s title track ‘All Systems Go’. (‘ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME’) The fifth album recorded for but not released by the label was 1989’s ‘ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME’, which paired Donna Summer with multi-hit making, multi-million-selling UK producers Stock Aitken Waterman. The album’s lead single ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’ had that familiar SAW radio friendly hit-making potential and as such was a massive radio track, with the single peaking at #3 in the UK, giving Donna her highest charting single for more than a decade. Four further singles were released from the album including the two Top 20 hits, ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt’ and ‘Love’s About To Change My Heart’, giving Donna back-to-back UK Top 10 hits for the first time since 1977. Due to the era in which ‘Another Place And Time’ was released and that four singles were released from the album, there are countless numbers of mixes, which make this re-issue a 3CD set. (‘MISTAKEN IDENTITY’) Always ready to embrace new sounds and experiment with different musical genres, Donna Summer’s 1991 album ‘MISTAKEN IDENTITY’, was released on Atlantic Records and produced by Keith Diamond, who was brought in to inject a more urban style, which was prevalent at that time. Keith Diamond had produced highly successful singles and albums for Billy Ocean, Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton, Don Johnson and James Ingram; the latter having been heavily involved with Donna’s 1982 album ‘Donna Summer’. The album includes the singles ‘Work That Magic’ and ‘When Love Cries’, as well as the tracks ‘Cry Of A Waking Heart’ and ‘Heaven’s Just A Whisper Away’, which showed how her amazing vocals could make very good contemporary songs sound great. (‘I’M A RAINBOW’) ‘I’M A RAINBOW’ was the second album recorded for Geffen Records and due for release 1981/1982 but was shelved at the time, as David Geffen wanted to bring in Quincy Jones to produce the album that became ‘Donna Summer’. ‘I’M A RAINBOW’, which was produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, was eventually released in its entirety in 1996 by PolyGram, as a single 18-track CD release. A few tracks had been released in the early 1980s, including ‘Highway Runner’ and ‘Romeo’ with the latter being included on the ‘Flashdance’ OST. ‘Flashdance’ included the ballad ‘Lady, Lady, Lady’, which was performed by original Brooklyn Dreams singer Joe Esposito, who appears on the duet ‘I Believe In You’, the opening track of ‘I’M A RAINBOW’. The album was originally intended to be Donna Summer’s fourth Double-Album (fifth, if you count ‘On The Radio – Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2’) and as such, this re-issue will be released as originally configured, as two CDs, representing each of the Record One and Record Two sequence. Some of the album’s recordings nod back to the 1970s heights but they also provide introspection as to how her early 1980s recordings might have rolled-out, had the project been completed as intended. There are several musical styles and ideas contained within the Double Album, which gave the option to experiment, something not as easy to do in the constraints of a 38 minute LP.

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Seriously, what's not to like? Seven albums, 10 discs, loads of mixes appearing on CD for the first time, and some mixes appearing for the first time ever.

It's fair to say that the three-disc remastered and expanded edition of the SAW-produced Another Place And Time will have most appeal, as this has been one of the most-wanted CD reissues for many years. If the mixes feel like too much of a good thing, then pick and choose what you want to put on your mp3 player, but the highlight surely has to be Pete Hammond's unreleased 12" mix of I Don't Want To Get Hurt.

Among the other albums included, The Wanderer benefits greatly from a fresh remastering though is light on extras because there were no 12" mixes. I'm A Rainbow is presented on two CDs, as had been originally intended before it was shelved. Cats Without Claws has five bonus tracks, Donna Summer has seven bonus tracks (including some more recent mixes of State of Independence that have been skilfully selected and mastered so they fit in perfectly with the original album and mixes of the time). And there are also seven bonus tracks on All Systems Go.

All in all, an absolute feast of music for fans of Donna Summer and 80s pop/dance.

Worth mentioning that She Works Hard For The Money is not included in this set, as the rights are separately owned by Universal. (However, a remastered edition of She Works Hard For The Money already appeared earlier this year on the label Culture Factory, though without extras).
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I saved up my money and bought the Japanese SHM box set of all her 70s albums up to On The Radio (Greatest Hits). It was expensive but I had to have it and the attention to detail was breath-taking.

Well, as befitting the Queen, history has repeated itself with a second box set of her 80s/90s studio albums (minus Christmas Spirit and She Works Hard) for a wonderful price. Attention to detail once again is superb (I did read somewhere that it took four years to get this box set together) and as a hardcore fan I can truthfully say i am thrilled.

Donna, I know you're listening and watching. Everyone behind this set has done you proud.
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Got my box set today, and it was so worth waiting in for. Full of bonus material, fantastic remastering, good hardback holders. I played the original Cd's and compared them to the remasters and the sound quality is amazing.Each cd is housed in booklet style cases, Can't wait for the Casablanca box set.

Thank you xxx I Remember Yesterday with happy memories again
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Donna Summer is a lady who literally changed my life when I heard ' I Feel Love' back in 1977. I've been a fan of her since then but to my shame had never bought any of her albums until 2010 with the Deluxe edition of 'Bad Girls'.

Now I missed every single one of these albums when they were released and when I heard the very sad news Donna had passed, I went out looking for some of them,,NOWHERE to be found.It was a year or so later I learnt via Facebook that her estate and the relevant record companies had come to an agreement allowing the vast majority of her work from the Eighties and Nineties to be remastered and released. There were rumors of a box set which turned out to be true and here it is!

I won't go too much into the content of the albums as there are those better than me who had already covered them in depth elsewhere.

What I will do though is comment on the sound quality and the presentation. I know it isn't as complete as we would all like it to be as there is no 'She Works Hard For the Money', 'Christmas Spirit' or 'Crayons'. Nor is there any live material. But whats there is pure MAGIC. This release contains rare and difficult to find remixes and bonus material of each and every album included. There are extensive descriptions accompanying each album with a number of rare photographs. And the remastering is simply SUPERB. Any fan with a half decent HiFi will be blown away with the improvements in sound over the previous releases, giving a bite and a clarity that simply wasn't there in previously.

This has to be one of the biggest bargains out there as far as music goes. To think I paid less than £50 for this back in December from Amazon, well that makes me very happy!

Any fan of Donna Summer should already own this, if not they're missing out rotten. Oh and it might just change somebodys life like Donna did for me back in 1977!

Highly recommended and a joy to own!
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Took delivery of the CD Collection today. What can I say? The packaging and presentation is a work of art; simply stunning and beautiful. Each CD album in the box-set comes in its own case-bound book with authored liner notes, lyric sheets and photo's. This is how all re-masters should be presented. As for the music reproduction - top notch re-mastering, subtle but significant - a master-class in how re-mastering should be done. Superb all round and a fitting tribute to a truly remarkable Lady.

Congratulations to all involved with this project, I sincerely hope that it is a commercial success - it should be, it's brilliant! I also hope that one day you'll be able to give this treatment to Donna's Casablanca/Universal series albums, including She Works Hard For The Money.
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