Donna Summer ‎– I'm A Rainbow

Casablanca ‎– 314 532 869-2, Mercury ‎– 314 532 869-2, Chronicles ‎– 314 532 869-2
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A CD issue of a shelved double LP originally scheduled for release in 1981.

℗© 1996 Mercury Records

Recorded at Carla Ridge Studios, Beverly Hills

1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 17: Budde Music, Inc. (ASCAP). All rights on behalf of Budde Music, Inc. administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
2, 6, 8, 10, 15, and 18: Budde Music, Inc. (ASCAP) & Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP).
All rights on behalf of Budde Music, Inc. administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
3, 14 and 16: AXXIS Musikverlag GmbH (GEMA)
All rights on behalf of AXXIS Musikverlag GmbH administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
11: Sudano Songs (BMI).
All rights on behalf of Sudano Songs administered by Soft Summer Songs (BMI).
13: On Backstreet Music Inc. (ASCAP).
All rights on behalf of On Backstreet Music Inc. administered by MCA Music Publishing, A division of MCA Inc. (ASCAP)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 31453 28692 4
  • Barcode (String): 731453286924
  • Matrix / Runout: IFPI L007 314 532 869-2 02%
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1): IFPI 0310
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2): IFPI 0317
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L007

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
314 532 869-2 Donna Summer I'm A Rainbow(CD, Album, Unofficial) Casablanca (4), Mercury (2), Chronicles (2) 314 532 869-2 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
none Donna Summer I'm A Rainbow(18xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Driven By The Music none Unknown
PHCR-1492 Donna Summer I'm A Rainbow(CD, Album) Mercury, Casablanca, Chronicles PHCR-1492 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
532 869-4 Donna Summer I'm A Rainbow(Cass, Album, Cr0) Casablanca, Mercury 532 869-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
DBTMCD207 Donna Summer I'm A Rainbow(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Driven By The Music DBTMCD207 UK 2014 Sell This Version


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September 15, 2017
This is truly a tragic album. By tragic, I mean it is brilliant, but it never was released, back when it was recorded in 1981. 9/10.


August 21, 2011

Donna Summer's first album for Geffen Recors, "The Wanderer", had gone gold and yielded a US #3 hit single with the title track. Yet after three consecutive #1 Platinum double-LPs for Casablanca ("Live And More", "Bad Girls" and "On The Radio - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2"), it didn't quite live up to the expectations. Summer returned to the studio with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte to deliver a 2LP project for Geffen that would echo her Casablanca-releases. When she presented the resulting 18-track album to David Geffen, he hated it and shelved it. Not only was it a sad end to eight years of successful collaboration between Summer, Moroder and Bellotte, it also marked the start of the strained relationship between Summer and Geffen Records that troubled her career throughout the decade.

In 1996, after 15 years in the vaults, "I'm A Rainbow" was finally commercially released. Surprisingly it is a consistent and thoroughly good album, its only real weakness being that it didn't really include an obvious hit single. While "Leave Me Alone" (rumoured to have been chosen as the lead single), the perky "Romeo" (later featured in "Flashdance") and "Highway Runner" pick up the synth-rock-pop sound from "The Wanderer" , there is more disco/R&B flavoured stuff on "I'm A Rainbow", from the album opener with Joe Esposito "I Believe (In You)" (which would be covered by [Invalid Artist]) to the soulful "You To Me" (a highlight) and "Sweet Emotion" (both later covered by Amii Stewart) and a funky track like the ode to Summer's daughter "Brooklyn". Moroder's trademark synth-pop bubbles on the catchy "Melanie" and "People Talk" while Summer stretches emotionally on the ballads "I'm A Rainbow", "I Need Time" and her take on "Don't Cry For Me Argentina".

"To Turn The Stone", an unusual track featuring a minimalistic arrangement with bagpipes and percussion, is one track that sounds somewhat demo-like and unfinished. It would be picked up by Frida of ABBA for her solo album "Something's Going On" the following year in a more satisfying version.

What a shame the whole "Rainbow" album was shelved. Summer, of course, was paired with Quincy Jones for her disastrous self-titled 1982 LP ...