- Audio CD (Nov. 25 2016)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: Demon Records
- ASIN: B01LZ0MC69
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Ultimate Collection Import
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|1. I Feel Love|
|2. MacArthur Park|
|3. This Time I Know It's for Real|
|4. Hot Stuff|
|5. Dinner with Gershwin|
|6. Bad Girls|
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|1. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) with Barbra Streisand|
|2. Love's Unkind|
|3. Love to Love You Baby|
|4. Down Deep Inside (Theme from 'The Deep')|
|5. Could It Be Magic|
|6. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It|
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|1. I Remember Yesterday|
|2. Wasserman ('Aquarius') from the Original German Cast Recording 'Haare' ('Hair')|
|3. Oh, Segne Gott Mein' Seel ("Bless the Lord") from German Cast Recording of 'Godspell'|
|4. Lady of the Night|
|5. The Hostage|
|6. Something's Missing (In My Life) Paul Jabara Feat Special Guest Donna Summer|
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Deluxe three CD edition, truly the ultimate collection of recordings from the trailblazing disco diva. This edition contains more than 50 classic tracks including collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn Dreams, Paul Jabara and Musical Youth. Also includes songs from soundtracks as well as the rare Original German Cast Recordings from Hair and Godspell. Donna Summer gained prominence during the disco era of music, rightly earning the title "The Queen of Disco" and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and all-time best-selling female artists. She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first female artist to have four #1 singles in a thirteen-month period. Donna's catalog has sold more than 130 million units worldwide and her music is still relevant today, 40 years after her debut international hit reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. This new collection features the International hits that propelled Donna's popularity through the decades, whilst working on her classic albums with legendary producers Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, John Barry, Quincy Jones, Richard Perry, Stock Aitken Waterman, Michael Omartian and Keith Diamond. Donna Summer's music continues to fill the radio airwaves, is used in movie soundtracks, as well as life-style TV commercials.
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1) Absolutely horrible packaging - cheap, flimsy, inadequate!
2) Poor mastering (ex: "The Wanderer", "When Love Cries")
3) Typos (ex: "Wasermann" - Aquarius, as well as others)
4) Incorrect track listings/versions (ex: "Melody of Love")
If the label corrects these issues, this could be a near-perfect release. But in it's current state, it's a disappointment.
UPDATE (1/26/17): After working closely with the label, I am pleased to report that all of the audio issues have been corrected (both on Disc 1 and Disc 3) and future artwork will reflect corrections in the printing errors as well.
Thanks to DMG for taking swift action in correcting these oversights and offering top-rate customer service. All is forgiven.
Adjusting my rating to what the release should have deserved in the first place. 5-stars!
Each track sounds crisp and clear with separation of all the various instruments and Summer's voice front and center, powerful and booming. Even on the older tracks from Haare (Hair) and Godspell, as well as from "Lady Of The Night," which were recorded in the late 60s-early 70s, sound great.
The set is arranged by three themes on each CD: 1. To Dance, 2. To Love, and 3. To Remember, with various songs that fill that theme from Donna's career making each CD cohesive and unified even though some of the tracks don't go in chronological order by recording date (like on other collections).
Here are my observations:
* Different Mixes - some tracks have different mixes than what has been previously released on other "greatest hits" compilations, i.e. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" the duet with Barbra Streisand has a different remix than the one featured on Streisand's Memories LP even though it's the short version; "Bad Girls" is also a different edit than the one on On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II.
* Most tracks are less than 5-minutes, some under 4-minutes.
* Love To Love You Baby is the good remix that doesn't drown out the moans (the rapid fire ones that fans of the 12" long version know) even though this is the shorter edit.
* Wasserman (Aquarius) - This is taken from the German Original Soundtrack of Haare (Hair) the rock musical which Summer was featured in. The song is sung in German and Donna leads the cast and you will instantly recognize her voice. I wish they included other numbers from Haare that she did like "White Boys," but they only included this one. You can still purchase the complete soundtrack Haare here on Amazon. Another interesting tidbit is that the American version of Hair has Ronnie Dyson singing the lead on Aquarius (I always thought it was a female singing it). In the movie version it's a female vocal (Renn Woods), so I wondered if it was changed because the director of the movie, Milos Forman, heard this version of the song.
* Something's Missing (In My Life) duet with Paul Jabara - This track starts off as middle of the road and towards the end, where Donna's part comes in, she starts getting very gospel like and it's really amazing to hear.
* I Feel Love Patrick Cowley Remix (Special Version) - I've never heard this remix before and it's outstanding! It's the same I FEEL LOVE but with outer space embellishments and amazing electronic sound effects.
* Romeo - This song was featured on the Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture and was the weakest link there and here. The track is sung like a new wave type song and Summer sounds like Dale Bozzio from Missing Persons, which doesn't work very good (another fan reminded me that Missing Person's debut after Summer recorded "Romeo," so I edited my review because I thought this song was recorded after).
Anyway this would be a great collection for someone starting out and unfamiliar with Donna Summer's work. It's great for fans because we get the German tracks from Hair and Godspell. And it also collects all of her major works from Casablanca, Geffen, Mercury/Polygram, and Sony BMG.
The set comes with a small booklet with some liner notes by Pete Bellotte (08/2016) and Harold Faltermeyer (09/2016). It has small thumbnail pictures of all of Donna's album covers and discographical information for each track.
I knocked off one star because of the cheap cardboard case which is not good for the CDs. The slots where the CDs are housed in isn't laminated and you have to touch both sides of the disc to remove it. I also tore one of the corners trying to get one of the CDs out.
If you are a Summer newbie and you enjoy this collection you should definitely pick up Bad Girls [2 CD Deluxe Edition] because you'll get the remastered BAD GIRLS album plus a second CD that contains the extended 12-inch versions of her major hits. Other must haves are Live & More this is the 2012 Japan import and Once Upon A Time (if you can afford the Japan remastered import go for that one).
Summer had such an amazing voice and was a talented songwriter penning most of her hits.