Donna SummerDonna Summer

Label:Geffen Records – GHS 2005
Vinyl, LP, Album, Allied Pressing
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Funk, Soul, Disco


A1Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals], Written-ByQuincy Jones, Rod Temperton
Backing Vocals, Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]James Ingram
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
GuitarMichael Sembello
Horns, Arranged ByJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Synthesizer [Polymoog], VoiceMichael Boddicker
Synthesizer, Keyboards [Portasound]Greg Phillinganes
Tenor Saxophone, HornsErnie Watts
Written-ByMerria Ross
A2Mystery Of Love
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer], Keyboards [Synclavier II], Synthesizer [Bass]Greg Phillinganes
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer], Piano [Acoustic], SynthesizerDavid Paich
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer], Written-ByBill Meyers
Arranged By [Strings]Michael Omartian
Backing Vocals, Written-ByRichard Page
BassLouis Johnson
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
GuitarMichael Sembello
Horns, Arranged ByJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Programmed By [Synclavier II]Don Dorsey
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Michael Boddicker, Steve Porcaro
Written-ByJohn Lang (2)
A3The Woman In Me
Backing Vocals, Arranged By [Vocals]Richard Page
Drum ProgrammingSteve Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
Keyboards, Arranged By [Synthesizer]David Paich
Written-ByJohn Bettis, Mike Clark*
A4State Of Independence
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer, Vocals]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Rod Temperton
Arranged By [Synthesizer]Greg Mathieson
BassLouis Johnson
ChoirAll Star Choir
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Keyboards [Synclavier Ii], Programmed By [Synthesizer]Don Dorsey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
Programmed By [Synthesizer], Drum ProgrammingMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Synthesizer, Arranged By [Rhythm]David Paich
Tenor SaxophoneErnie Watts
Written-ByJon Anderson, Vangelis
B1Livin' In America
Backing VocalsHoward Hewitt*, Phillip Ingram
Backing Vocals, ChoirJames Ingram
Choir [Conductor]Dennis Cosby, Guy Spells
Drum Programming, Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
Drums, Arranged ByHarvey Mason
GuitarMichael Sembello
Guitar, Written-BySteve Lukather
Horns, Arranged ByJerry Hey
Leader [Choir Directed By]H.B. Barnum
PercussionRini Kramer
Programmed By [Synthesizer], Programmed By [Voice]Michael Boddicker
Supervised By [Choir Supervised By]Billie Barnum
Synthesizer, ChoirGreg Phillinganes
Written-ByDonna Summer
Written-By, Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer, Vocals]Quincy Jones
Written-By, Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer]Rod Temperton
Written-By, Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer], SynthesizerDavid Foster
Alto Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneErnie Watts
BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJeff Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
Guitar, Written-ByBruce Springsteen
Piano [Acoustic]Roy Bittan
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
B3(If It) Hurts Just A Little
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer, Vocals]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer]Rod Temperton
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Guitar, Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer, Vocals], Backing Vocals, Written-ByMichael Sembello
Horns, Arranged ByJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Michael Boddicker, Steve Porcaro
Written-ByDan Sembello*, David Batteau
B4Love Is Just A Breath Away
GuitarSteve Lukather
Synthesizer, Arranged ByDavid Paich
Synthesizer, Drum ProgrammingSteve Porcaro
Written-ByDonna Summer, Rod Temperton
Written-By, Arranged By, SynthesizerDavid Foster
B5Lush Life
Arranged By [Rhythm]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Strings]Johnny Mandel
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Arranged By [Rhythm, Synthesizer]Dave Grusin
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Don Dorsey, Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer [Bass]Greg Phillinganes
Tenor SaxophoneErnie Watts
Written-ByBilly Strayhorn

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© ℗ 1982 The David Geffen Company
Produced for Quincy Jones Productions™
Recorded and mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California
Additional sound sources recorded at Allen Zentz Studios, Los Angeles
Susan Munao Management Co., Inc.
Manufactured exclusively by Warner Bros. Records Inc. • A Warner Communications Company. Made In U.S.A.

Issued with custom inner sleeve with lyrics and pictures. Some copies issued with custom sticker.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992200516
  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-22005-1
  • Rights Society: BMI / ASCAP
  • Other (Spine): Printed In U.S.A.
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A): GHS-1-2005-S1 a B-16858-S1 + △1837
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B): GHS-1-2005-S2 a B-16859-S2 + SLM △ 1837-X

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Donna Summer (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsWEA 99 163Europe1982
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Donna Summer (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsLWIS-6136Mexico1982
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Donna Summer (LP, Album, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsWEA 99 163, WEA K 99 163Netherlands1982
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Donna Summer (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records26.069Brazil1982
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  • tiger_soren's avatar
    Donna Summer's second album for the Geffen label, "I'm A Rainbow" (1981), had been shelved by Mr. Geffen and marked a sad end of a long, successful relationship between Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Instead Summer was paired with Quincy Jones in order to deliver a smash of an album. Although the resulting album delivered two sizeable singles with "Love Is In Control" (US #10) and "State Of Independence" (UK #14) and was a healthy seller, it didn't quite live up to the expectations. It's easy to see why - absurdly titled "Donna Summer", the project in the end was much more about Quincy Jones than about Donna Summer. Overblown and overproduced, it is ironically one of her least personal albums overall.

    "Love Is In Control" opens the album with a catchy guitar riff and good verses. Then comes the dull chorus with shrill backing singers drowning out Donna's voice completely. A rather messy single, and one of her least memorable hits. "Mystery Of Love" is a middle-of-the-road duet with James Ingram, nothing special. "The Woman In Me", the third single lifted from the album, was only a medium hit but probably the best track on the whole album. Summer's cover of Vangelis' "State Of Independence" is typically overproduced by Jones but manages to be interesting because of its unusual rhythm and compelling composition.

    Things don't get much better on Side 2 which opens with the sickly "Livin' In America", followed by the contrived Bruce Springsteen-penned rocker "Protection", two decent album fillers "If It Hurts Just A Little" and "Love Is Just A Breath Away" (the latter co-written by Summer) and a boring, jazzy version of "Lush Life".

    Quincy Jones may be the producer of the world's best-selling album ever (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" of course) - but this effort is far less stellar. One of Donna Summer's most uninteresting albums.



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