There's just no question about it. Donna Summer was one of a handful of shining stars to emerge from an otherwise lackluster decade in the history of American popular music. Lots of people agree that the 1970's left a lot to be desired musically. But between 1975 and 1989 this gifted young vocalist would amass an impressive total of 31 singles on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Of these, nearly half hit the Top Ten while 4 of her records made it all the way to #1! Donna Summer was definitely the exception to the rule! Now in 2013 the British division of Universal Music has released a new 2 disc anthology of her work they have dubbed "Donna Summer - I Feel Love: The Collection". This new package features 26 of Donna's biggest single hits and most popular album tracks.
Now as you might expect "Donna Summer - I Feel Love: The Collection" offers up most of Donna's biggest hits from her days at Casablanca Records in the late 1970's. Enjoy once again all-time favorites like 1978's "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows" recorded with the group Brooklyn Dreams and her memorable #2 hit "Dim All the Lights" from the summer of '79. Also included are Donna's debut single "Love to Love You Baby" and her chart-topping duet with Barbra Streisand "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". I was also pleased to see that one of my personal favorites from later on in Donna's career "She Works Hard For The Money" also appears in this anthology. Having said that I was quite surprised and a bit disappointed to discover that her incredible 1989 comeback hit "This Time I Know It's For Real" did not make the cut. What a shame! I always thought that was one of the best songs she ever recorded. Meanwhile, "I Feel Love: The Collection" also features a number of Donna's most popular album cuts and dance tracks. There are three terrific tunes from her 1979 album "On The Radio" including "Our Love", "Sunset People" and "I Remember Yesterday" that were never released as 45's here in the U.S. It was fun hearing them again after all these years and as far as I'm concerned they sound every bit as fresh and exciting as they did the day they were recorded.
Overall I would characterize "Donna Summer - I Feel Love: The Collection" as a pretty representative aggregation of her work. I would have changed a few things here and there but overall I was quite pleased with the final product. I thought that the sound quality on this one was positively superb. Now since there are still a number of Donna Summer anthologies currently available I would take the time to compare and contrast before deciding which one works best for you. While I personally prefer the 2003 single disc release "The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer" you probably can't go wrong with "I Feel Love: The Collection". Lots of great music at a very nice price. Recommended!
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