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.
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Extended Remix) 7:03
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Instrumental) 7:03
Featuring Saxophone By – Ernie Watts
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
|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|
Label: Geffen Records
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Credits: Producer – Quincy Jones
Remix – Bruce Swedien, Craig Kostich
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
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