Donna Summer ‎– I Remember Yesterday

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, etched, variant 1): NBLP-7056-AS CP3 AZ [flower]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side II, runout, etched, variant 1): NBLP-7056-BS CP2 AZ [flower]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side I, runout, etched, variant 2): NBLP-7056-AS-CP AZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side II, runout, etched, variant 2): NBLP-7056-BS-CP AZ

Other Versions (5 of 97) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PRIMC 3 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(Cass, Album, RE) Casablanca PRIMC 3 UK Unknown 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
none Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(LP, Album, TP) Not On Label none Italy 1977 Sell This Version
CID 7056 Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday(Cass, Album) Oasis CID 7056 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version


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December 6, 2018
This is one of those spur of the moment albums put together in a hurry that became a classic. Giorgio/Pete/Donna had the 2 LP set "Once Upon A Time" ready for release, but when Giorgio played "I Feel Love" for Neil Bogart, President of Casablanca Records, Neil was blown away by the song and the idea that no instruments were used to create that song, just synthesizers, Neil felt that song should be released immediately. So they put "Once Upon A Time" on hold and quickly put together the "I Remember Yesterday" album with the idea of using songs that represented decades of musical styles- 1930's to 1980's. They recycled a past song they put out with Donna in 1974 called "Denver Dream", rewrote they lyrics and it became "Back In Love Again". The great ballad "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)" was already recorded by a few artists- David Soul (of "Starsky & Hutch" fame), Linda Lewis, Bill Brandon. Donna sings that ballad with her 'normal' voice, as Neil Bogart had preferred her to sing in her upper register/falsetto voice because he wanted to keep the magic going from the first hit "Love To Love You Baby" in which she was being presented as a whispering, sexy 'Love Goddess' kind of singer. In fact, if you look at the early photos and promo ads from 1975 & 1976, it was all about sex, and she was being promoted as "The First Lady Of Love". So for her to be able to record a ballad like this, was as close to belting-out a love song up to that point. At the top of the page it states that this was Giorgio's first concept album for Donna, but that's incorrect. Donna's prior 1976 album "Four Seasons Of Love" was the first concept album. "Once Upon A Time" was the second concept album, then "I Remember Yesterday". For those who may not have picked up on Donna's sense of humour with these early albums, I'd like to point out that her 1st album (in Germany) was "Lady Of The Night", her second album was "Love 2 Love You Baby", her 3rd was "A Love Trilogy", and her 4th was "Four Seasons Of Love". I'm sure I'm not the only one who picked up on those titles representing the order they were released. And, just for the record- "Once Upon A Time" was born from a concept Donna had. She wanted to build a big fantasy album around a disco version of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Suite", but Neil Bogart could not secure the rights from Tchaikovsky's estate. Those beautiful Francesco Scavullo album photos would've been suitable for a "Swan Lake" theme as well.


February 22, 2017
edited over 2 years 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.


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.