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All Systems Go!,
This review is from: All Systems Go (Audio CD)
After several years in the musical wilderness, during the course of which chart success eluded her, the Queen of Disco enjoyed something of a career revival during the late 1980's. That revival began with the release of this 1987 album, which saw Donna move away from her disco roots and record what is essentially a pop album. The single from the album, "Dinner With Gershwin", gave Donna her first hit in the UK for four years. It reached No. 13 during a chart run of 11 weeks and in so doing, was the first time she had featured in the UK Top 40 since her collaboration with Musical Youth, "Unconditional Love", back in 1983.
She certainly had some talent assembled for this album. Overall production duties lay with German songwriter and producer Harold "Axel F" Faltermeyer, who also co-wrote five of the nine tracks on offer here. "Dinner With Gershwin" was written by Brenda Russell of "Piano In The Dark" fame, and co-produced by Russell and Richard Perry, the man behind most of the Pointer Sisters' 80's hits.
I happen to love this album, and think it's one of Donna Summer's best. It's hard to pick a favourite track as I love them all, but I particularly love the ridiculously catchy, radio friendly "Bad Reputation" and the last three tracks, "Fascination", "Voices Cryin' Out" and "Thinkin' Bout My Baby" on which Donna's trademark vocals shine. Also of note is the ballad "Only The Fool Survives" on which Ms Summer duets with Starship singer Mickey Thomas.