Donna Summer ‎– I Remember Yesterday

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Casablanca ‎– NBLP 7056
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Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman (CP) press variation.

Recorded in MusicLand Studios, Munich.
All compositions published by Rick's Music, Inc. (BMI)
(Original publisher Sunday Music)
Track B3: McCaulay Music Ltd./Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
A Say Yes Production by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
℗ © 1977 Casablanca Record & Filmworks, Inc.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side I - Label): NBLP 7056 AS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side II - Label): NBLP 7056 BS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side I - Runout): NBLP-7056-AS CP3 AZ [flower]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side II - Runout): NBLP-7056-BS CP2 AZ [flower]

Other Versions (5 of 89) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PRIMC 3 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(Cass, Album) Casablanca PRIMC 3 UK 1977 Sell This Version
GR 9003 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(LP, Album) Groovy, Basart Records International GR 9003 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
ATL 50 378 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(LP, Album, P/Mixed) Atlantic ATL 50 378 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
CID 7056 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(Cass, Album) Oasis CID 7056 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
9128 004 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(LP, Album) Philips 9128 004 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version

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davidh63

davidh63

February 22, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
My absolute favourite album ever recorded by a female soloist, featuring the still-mesmerising masterpiece 'I Feel Love'. However, this is not the only great track on the album, every song is a winner. 'Bad Girls' was sheer genius and perfection, however, for me 'I Remember Yesterday' even tops 'Bad Girls'. I listen to this album today, some 39 years after its release, and it still fills me with the same degree of wonder and joy that it did when I purchased it as an early teen. No filler here; a showcase of Ms Summer's vocal dexterity and prowess. GoodNF has summed each track beautifully in his/her review of this album.
GoodNF

GoodNF

December 16, 2013
This is more or less Donna's musical time machine. The album starts with some 30s ragtime/charleston flavours ("I Remember Yesterday") and flows via some 50s highschool ("Love's Unkind") into the 60s Supremes-like Motown stomp of "Back In Love Again". The reprise of "I Remember Yesterday" connects past with present.
With "Black Lady", we are in the 70s, the decade in which the album was recorded. The song has a blaxploitation feel. "Take Me" is more or less plain disco whilst "Can We Just Sit Down..." is a great ballad (in those days, a rather unseen side of Donna Summer). The closing track "I Feel Love", with its entirely synthesized backing track, represents the future, and in 1977, Donna could not imagine how far ahead of its time that track was.

But the album's lyrics are also telling a story, although the storyline is not as clear as it would be on, say, "Once Upon A Time". It gives room for multiple interpretations. My thought of it is like two cycles of love, from the perspective of a young girl and a grown-up lady. The main character is a young girl first who receives stories from her parents about how beautiful love can be ("I Remember Yesterday") but is completely new and unsure to the phenomenon ("Love's Unkind"). She'll have her first encounters of love ("Back In Love Again") but it does not feel like the stories being told (the reprise of "I Remember Yesterday"). Later, she grows up ("Black Lady") and discovers the power of temptation and takes the initiative ("Take Me"). However, there will be a time that passion dies and struggle becomes more dominant ("Can We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over"). After breaking up, there is time and space to start over and experience love again ("I Feel Love").

Disco was always regarded as a "single phenomenon", and many of the albums disco provided were lacking consistency. This is one of those albums that made disco worthwhile as album music, and as such, an interesting genre for mainstream pop artists to adopt.