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 would agree that the 1970's left an awful lot to be desired musically. Having said that, between 1975 and 1989 Donna Summer would place 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! She was definitely the exception to the rule! Now in 2012, following her untimely death at the age of 63, Island Def Jam records has re-released the impressive single disc anthology "Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits." This fabulous collection offers up a total of 18 of Donna's best and brightest hit recordings from her heyday in the 1970's and 1980's.
One thing that sets "Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits" apart from a number of other Donna Summer compilations is that this collection includes hits from Donna's tenure at five different labels. Who can ever forget her sensuous debut single "Love To Love You Baby" from back in 1975? It quickly became apparent that this young lady was going to be a major star. Happily this tune from the tiny "Oasis" label has been included here. In addition, you will find just about all of Donna's biggest hits from her days at Casablanca records in the late 1970's including all-time favorites such as 1978's "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows" (recorded with Brooklyn Dreams), "On The Radio", "Bad Girls" and one of her biggest hits ever "Dim All The Lights" from 1979. Also included in this collection is Donna's memorable #1 duet with Barbra Streisand. As I recall, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" rose to the top of the charts in the fall of 1979 and stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was also pleased to discover that a pair of my personal favorites from later on in Donna's career "She Works Hard For The Money" and 1989's "This Time I Know It's For Real" were also included on this disc. "This Time" just might be my favorite Donna Summer tune of all-time!
Enjoying "Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits" reminds us all just how talented this lady was. I was unaware that she was ill and shocked to learn of her untimely passing. As far as I am concerned Donna Summer ranks right up there as one of the greatest female vocalists of all-time. Indeed, the "Queen of Disco" was no one-trick pony....she could sing anything. If you don't believe me pick up a copy of Donna's 1987 album "Dinner With Gershwin". For my money "Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits" is essential to any serious collection of American popular music. These are all the original hit recordings you would remember from the radio. Very highly recommended!
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