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Donna Summer 1948-2012

Posted by DjPaulT on 18th May 2012

Yesterday we lost an unforgettable voice, Donna Summer. I remember being just a young boy and roller skating down my street with an 8-track tape player in hand. The disco beat of Donna Summer was the soundtrack. She introduced me to my love of dance music and ultimately the 12″ single. “Hot Stuff” was one of my first 12″ singles, and I think I wore my needle out playing it. I was shocked yesterday when I heard the news.  It was so unexpected. Now somehow I understand that they must have needed her angelic voice in heaven.

Donna Summer was an Icon and Legend. She will never be forgotten. She will be missed.

I am planning more Donna posts in the coming weeks, once I am able to get some things prepared. In the meantime all of the archive links featuring Donna Summer have been restored.

Please feel free to share your memories of Donna.

– DjPaulT

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Donna Summer – All Systems Go (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 9th December 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

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Produced by Harold Faltermeyer “All Systems Go” was the final single from the Donna Summer album of the same name. Edited from its original album version, it became a minor hit in countries such as the United Kingdom, where it reached number fifty-four. In the US the single was only released as a promo 12″ single and failed to chart despite a remix by Bruce Forest.

David Geffen’s response to the commercial disappointment of All Systems Go was to assign Summer to work with the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production team whose dance pop singles were dominating the UK charts and who had had US success with Bananarama and Rick Astley. Ultimately Geffen, after misguiding her career and fatally misjudging her material since 1981, dropped Summer from the roster rather than release the resultant Another Place and Time. The album was picked up for release in the US by Atlantic Records in 1989. Ironically, Geffen Records had misjudged once again as the album would be a bigger success than her previous Geffen Records release All Systems Go. Another Place and Time had provided Summer with one final solid commercial success and her last top ten US single, fourteen years after the release of her first top ten hit “Love to Love You Baby” had hit the charts.

SIDE A:
All Systems Go (Dance Mix) 7:57
Remix – Bruce Forest
Written-By – D. Summer*, H. Faltermeyer*

SIDE B:
Fascination (LP Version) 4:28
Written-By – D. Tyson*, E. Schwartz*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Geffen Records – PRO-A-3036
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Harold Faltermeyer

NOTES:
From the Geffen album “All Systems Go” (GHS 24102)
Promotional Copy.
Not For Sale.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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Donna Summer – Eyes (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 8th November 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

“Eyes” is the third and final single from the album Cats Without Claws by Donna Summer. Edited in length from the original version on the album, the single peaked at No. 97 for one week on the UK charts.

A remix of the calypso-ish “I’m Free” from the Cats Without Claws album was included on the B-side of the UK release of the “Eyes” 12″ single. “I’m Free” was performed by Donna and her back-up band on a Dick Clark’s American Bandstand 1984 Christmas special and Soul Train, indicating that this had originally been intended to be the next single.

SIDE A:
Eyes (Extended Mix) 6:58
Engineer [Mix] – Michael Hutchinson
Mixed By – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Engineer [Assistant] – Sabrina Buchanek

SIDE B:
I’m Free 6:18
Engineer [Mix] – Michael Hutchinson
Mixed By – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Engineer [Assistant] – Sabrina Buchanek

It’s Not The Way 4:22

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records – U 9103 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: May 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer, Arranged By – Michael Omartian

NOTES:
Original version of “Eyes” and “It’s Not The Way” available on the Warner Bros. album “Cats Without Claws” (2 50806-1)

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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Donna Summer – Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 14th April 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

“Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)” is a hit single from Donna Summer’s self-titled 1982 album.

Summer’s 1980 The Wanderer album – the inaugural release on Geffen Records – had been certified gold in America although it did not enjoy numerous hit singles as some of her ’70s releases had enjoyed. Summer had prepped her next album, I’m a Rainbow – a double set which continued her association with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte , but David Geffen, compelled by the need for what he considered a guaranteed smash, had shelved I’m a Rainbow and assigned Summer to record an album with producer Quincy Jones. Jones was a much sought-after producer at the time, particularly due to his association with Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album.

“Love Is In Control (Finger On the Trigger)” was the lead single off the Jones’ produced album Donna Summer. It was written by Jones and Rod Temperton – who’d also written Jackson’s “Rock with You”. Summer reports that the recording process for this album was challenging, as she was pregnant at the time and unhappy over I’m a Rainbow’ being shelved by Geffen Records.

The single was issued in three different versions: the 7″ single release (3:42), the LP version (4:19), and a 12″ single version (7:04). The 12″ version features an instrumental saxophone by Ernie Watts on the B-side.

“Love Is in Control (Finger On the Trigger)” became a major hit, peaking at #10 on the US Hot 100 in the summer of 1982, giving Summer her sixteenth top 40 hit, and reaching #4 on the US R&B Chart. It was Summer’s best R&B showing since “Bad Girls” in 1979 — even using police whistles in the song as in Bad Girls. Although the parent album was certified gold in the US, it did not produce any more major hits and did not prove the powerhouse album Geffen Records had hoped for.

Ironically, Summer would have her biggest success in the 1980s while on Geffen’s roster with her next album She Works Hard for the Money and its title cut – which were released by Mercury Records in a one-off arrangement to settle Summer’s split with the soon-to-be-defunct Casablanca Records, whose catalogue now resided with Mercury and Casablanca’s parent company Polygram Records.

SIDE A:
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Extended Remix) 7:03

SIDE B:
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Instrumental) 7:03
Featuring Saxophone By – Ernie Watts

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #10
1982 Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #4
1982 Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #3

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Geffen Records
Catalog#: 0-29938
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Quincy Jones
Remix – Bruce Swedien, Craig Kostich

NOTES:
Remixed From The Original 4:20 Version
Available On The Geffen Album Donna Summer (GHS 2005)
B: “Instrumental featuring Ernie Watts on saxophone solo)”
Ernie Waters Appears Courtesy Of Qwest Records

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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