Very well produced and quite different to chart disco. The four seasons spring to winter is the theme here. My music library is majority of classic rock being born 1970 and my dad was heavily into the rolling Stones led zeppelin ect. Only disco i heard was from the radio and what was shown on TV and unfortunately it was heavily over killed with nearly everyone jumping on the bandwagon. I do have a lot of industrial rock albums also prog rock so why have I purchased and enjoying this album because it is good. No cheesy songs here Diana voice is brilliant here actually there are moments when the music melts into her voice other than the opposite way round. Something about the seventies that was great fun for music prog rock, punk,disco,metal, reggae, ect by the way I was heavily into pun intended heavy metal and still is. Just trying to say if you like to explore something different this album is very good to try.
It's very hard to choose the best Donna Summer album for her 70's hey-day period. From "Love to love you" right up to the stomping "Bad Girls", they're all pretty brilliant. I have a particular fondness for this one though. Most of her 70's albums were concept, but this one a blatant theme of "seasons" and "Love", comparing a love affair with the changing seasons. Surprisingly the whole thing works...suberbly. Giorgio Moroder's insightful production creates a wonderous, interesting technicolour sound throughout, each season, not just another disco story, but a unique, thoughtful production that mirror each season. The opener "Spring Affair" subletly opens with electronic sweeping strands of sexy orgasmic stereo delights that tantalise and tease the ears before the drum beat kicks in and we're off! Roller-coaster style into the first season. Stops and starts, breaks and musical pauses as Ms Summer pulls of one of her greatest vocal interpretations, sounding like the Goddess of Spring invoking every lifeform on the planet to wake up and celebrate the end of winter by stripping off and getting down to frolicing in the woods with the one you love! A whistle-stop journey through the emotional delights of blistering hot summer rhythms to the laid back wistful yearning of winter memories and loss. Just as the winter winds and heart-wrenching chords end, the echoes and strains of that erotic sensual spring excitement can be heard bubbling and brewing in the background heralding the return of spring....Genius! The reprise has to be spring! "Winter Melody" was a minor hit in the UK, but every one of the four interpretations could have been hits, given the right publicity at the time. This is a gem of an album and could appeal to many a serious music fan who may never have considered buying a disco/Donna Summer album . From the cheeky cover and inner sleeve photos (Marilyn Monroe/Nursery Rhyme character) to the sensual segue of incidental metreological sounds that seperate each track, its a delight and conjures memories of long hot summers and cosy winters when music was thoughtful and exciting...buy it and be taken.
All of Donna Summers early albums (Love to love you baby, A love trilogy and four seasons) featured the "queen of disco" using her superb voice in a very soft and seductive way, something not so apparent on her later more well known productions. It was during this early period that she was writing and producing ground breaking disco music with Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellotte and there wasnt a club in the late seventies that wasnt filling a dance floor with one of her tracks. As soon as you hear the opening chords that introduce "Spring Affair" you know you're in for something special and the mix that merges "Affair" into "Summer fever" is awesome (listen to the heartbeat bass. The album closes with the classic ballad "Winter melody" and you just want to go back to the beginning and start the CD all over again. Many people will look at the four track listing and question value for money given the vast numbers of tracks available on todays CD's however, all four on this album are absolute gems. Do yourself a favour and "Take a little Summer with you wherever you go" courtesy of the lady herself - An all time classic!!!!
As much as I love the 70,s/very early 80's music of Donna Summer (RIP) I think this album is the most consistent as it does not have any overly long tracks that for me detracted from some of her others. At the time Donna Summer was making her mark people I knew were listening to Rock and later Punk. I was smitten with the greatest female voice (in my opinion) ever. It is so sad she has gone but her work will live on forever.
If you love Donna Summer then this has to be in your collection, every track is awesome, great album, great music and a great artist, shame she passed away, however she will never be forgotten for the music she has left us. I remember first hearing her music in a german nightclub in the late 1970's and was blown away by Love to Love You Baby and Try Me I Know We Can Make It.
I first bought this as an album waaaaay back in the 70's and absolutely loved it. After hearing one of the songs on the radio I went onto Amazon to try and source the CD - success - ordered and delivered within days and now pretty much on constant play. This is one of her best, and there's nothing quite like music making you feel thirty years younger!