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The Dance Collection - A Compilation of Twelve inch Singles
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VINE VOICEon 19 February 2007
from the opening bars of "i feel love" you know how good this cd will be! after 8 minutes of this you go into "with your love" an unknown track but its wonderful..only available on this cd! as dance hypnotic as the predecessor! then you have"last dance" a summer classic in its 12" glory!!! amazing!!! jumping straight into the macauthur park suite.."yes we know someone left a cake out" but the 18 minute frenzy that encapsulates "one of a kind" and "heaven knows"..its a bit too much!

then into the 12" versions of "hot stuff" and "walk away"!!! if exstatic hasnt set in by now...you get "dim all the lights"...and to finish you off the full lenght versions of "tears are not enough" is a show stopper!

if you only buy 1 donna summer album...buy this one!
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on 14 November 2016
Extended tracks of some of the best disco, pop, funk or however, you choose to define the music of Donna Summer.
I feel love is in its glory and then The last dance which initiated me to wanting to purchase this cd. Then their is Hot Stuff, Dim all the lights, MacArthur Patk ect .....
Having already the best of Donna Summer to listen to the extended mixes are simply uplifting. Can't go wrong with masterpieces being extended into more than .....
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on 6 June 2017
I LIKE THIS ALBUM ..As all of Donna's cd's have got that driving beat
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on 25 July 2016
Brought back good memories well chuffed.
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on 12 October 2017
Love Donna Somer. Quick Delivery.
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on 25 July 2017
great product, great service
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on 28 October 2017
Some artists (or there production company's) contrive to generate "yet another" compilation album. This collection is justified. Great artist, great songs, beautiful memories, Thank you Donna.
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on 5 July 2014
Great item
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on 21 January 2011
As has been stated elsewhere, this is a mini collection of Donna's prime Seventies Disco odyssey. Well, I say mini collection in the sense that it's only eight tracks but 73 minutes long, so very good value for money at this low price.

What you get is one of the most adventurous and ambitious artists of her generation pushing back the boundaries of a fairly shallow, good time musical genre. Lyrically it's nothing to write home about - mainly relationships and dancing - but musically it is out of this world for its time in terms of production and arrangements.

Underpinning it all is an undertow of sadness, regret and melancholia ever present in Donna's sublime soulful voice. She is a remarkably passionate singer who seems to give her all when she's recording her vocals, and it's this quality that helps her material rise above the merely generic.

The songs are all truly marvellous. There's nothing that I can add about "I Feel Love" that hasn't been said elsewhere, other than at the time it was like hearing something land from outer space compared to the currency of Punk and New Wave. "No More Tears" is less a tender duet and more a hilarious vocal tag team contest to see who's top dog. And the 17 minute "MacArthur Park Suite" is simply jaw-dropping and worth owning this compilation for if nothing else.

This is NOT a Greatest Hits compilation, but a singular attempt to collect some of her best work of a specific time period in one place, and on that level it succeeds handsomely.

Highly recommended.

Derek
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 12 March 2009
This was a joy of a collection. All of the tracks are worth having on CD.
However I disagree with some of the other reviewers comments. The people who compiled this album were careful about which tracks to include. There was no point including tracks that had been issued on albums. All of these albums had been re issued on CD already. This release does say "a compilation of Twelve inch singles" (Singles being the important bit) There were some twelve inch releases in the 1970s and 1980s from the Casablanca recordings that would not be included here because they were no different from the album versions. For example the 12" single versions of Bad Girls, Sunset People, and Love to Love you Baby were all just the album versions in full unlike the 7" versions which were edited down and shorter. All of the tracks included here were all released on 12" as singles and all are alternative mixes to either the album version or 7". Although the version of last Dance was on the soundtrack to the film Thank God its Friday, it had been included with other artists as a compilation and didnt appear with any other Donna Summer album. Also the version of Macarthur Park suite did appear on the original album Live and More but hadnt been included on the CD version so once again wasnt available on a CD Donna Summer album. The track No more tears did appear on the CD version of On the Radio, but then that was also a compilation of Donna Summer hits. Having said all that I agree that they could have turned this into a double CD release. Or even a Dance Collection Two. They could have included tracks such as I Feel Love the full Patrick Cowley remix 12" single that lasts over 15 minutes. Or the Bonus 12" single from the soundtrack Thank God its Friday.je T`aime moi no plus that lasts nearly 16minutes. They could have even used the 12" version of Paul Jabbara`s Never ever lose your sense of Humour that featured Donna Summer through 90% of the track on main vocals. The two weakest 12" Singles on this collection have to be Dim all the lights and Walk away. This is because they were not special 12" mixes. In fact they are simply the album mixes re edited. Walk away simply is the album version that goes as far as it can then repeats the second half of the tracks chorus over and over. And Dim all the lights goes through the whole of the album version up to the point where it would go into journey to the centre of you heart and then suddenly crashes back to the beginning of the track to repeat itself again for an extra couple of minutes again. (poor editing really) I remeber rushing home excitedly after buying the original vinyl release in 1979 to see what they had done with to make it so much longer than the album version only to find they had simply edited the same track. All the same its a great collection from a magic era of Disco.
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