четверг, 31 мая 2007 г.

Donna Summer - 1980 - The Wanderer

Donna Summer - 1980 - The Wanderer

Released October 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop, Rock, New Wave, Gospel
Length 39:17
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte

Codec: Lame 3.92
Quality: CBR, 320kbps, stereo

Track listing

The Wanderer (Moroder, Summer) 3:47
Looking Up (Bellotte, Moroder, Summer) 3:57
Breakdown (Bellotte, Faltermeyer) 4:08
Grand Illusion (Moroder, Summer) 3:54
Running for Cover (Summer) 4:01
Cold Love (Bellotte, Faltermeyer, Forsey) 3:38
Who Do You Think You're Foolin' (Bellotte, Levay, Rix) 4:18
Nightlife (Bellotte, Moroder) 4:00
Stop Me (Bellotte, Forsey) 3:44
I Believe in Jesus (Summer) 3:37

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The Wanderer is a 1980 album by Donna Summer. Summer had made her name the previous decade as the most successful female artist of the disco genre, releasing a vast selection of hit singles and albums on Casablanca Records. During this period however, Summer had felt that the label had expolited her and made her portray a sexually orientated image ("the first lady of love") with which she never felt comfortable. The label had also taken over other elements of Summer's personal life, to the point where she felt she had no control over her life or career. Having come out of a period of depression and rediscovering her Christian faith, Summer had made the decision to break away from Casablanca and file a lawsuit against them. After the lawsuit was eventually settled, Summer became the first artist to be signed to the new Geffen Records.

Musically, disco was starting to experience a backlash. Rock, New Wave, and punk had started to become more popular, and people were starting to feel that the original "edge" to the disco culture had now vanished and that it had become a "safe product." Others felt that the disco scene had become too associated with drugs, while others resented its exclusivity (doormen would often expect people to look or be dressed a certain way before being allowed into a disco). By 1980, banners reading "disco sucks" were seen everywhere and disco records became flops. Fans wondered what direction Summer (who was seen as "the Queen of disco") would now take. Her previous full-length album, Bad Girls, had combined elements of rock, soul and R&B with the traditional disco sound, so it had become apparent that she had already evolved in some way. Some artists continued with the disco sound despite the backlash, including Diana Ross who had a Number One hit with the disco flavoured "Upside Down" in the summer of 1980. Summer however decided to leave the disco sound completely behind and The Wanderer turned out to be a very rock and New Wave-influenced affair. The album was co-written and produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who had produced the vast majority of Summer's hits since their partnership with her began in 1974.

Tracks such as "Cold Love" and "Nightlife" consisted of a very strong rock sound, the former gaining Summer a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Summer's new rediscovered Christian faith was documented in the gospel song "I Believe In Jesus", for which she also received a nomination for Best Inspirational Performance. As a child Summer had sung in gospel choirs, so this song was a chance for her to go back to her roots.

Summer's new style obviously went down well with fans, as the album went to Number 13 on the U.S. album chart, and the title track hit Number 3 on the singles chart. The two follow-up singles - "Cold Love" and "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'" also went Top 40. Rumours abound that all three tracks were remixed into unreleased 12" Dance/Disco Singles, but due to the fear of the times, never released. As of 2006, "Who Do You Think..." has been remixed to a current house/techno beat, and was a minor gay disco hit.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Wanderer as the #2 album of the year behind Bruce Springsteen's "The River" on the 1980 year-end critics tally.

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ginn010 комментирует...

Огромное спасибо за коллекцию Donna Sammer! Thank You, very march! Ginn010.

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