Today 05:19 PM

Donna Summer "Donna Summer [40th Anniversary Edition]" [11/4/22-Driven By The Music]

• 32-page deluxe CD Mediabook Edition
• Featuring the new single, 'Mystery Of Love [Le Flex “Summer Mystery” Remix]'
• Also includes 7" versions of the international hits 'Love Is In Control', 'State Of Independence' and 'The Woman In Me'
Includes a new 8,000 word foreword and essay

DONNA SUMMER gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre’s global popularity, rightly earning the title “Queen Of Disco” and becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade, now having sold more than 130 Million records worldwide.

Donna was the first artist to have three consecutive double-albums reach No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four No. 1 singles in a thirteen month period.

Donna Summer became the first Artist signed to the new Geffen Records label in 1980 and the second album released for Geffen is this 1982 classic “DONNA SUMMER”, which saw production duties by Quincy Jones. This proved to be a masterstroke, as the next album that Quincy produced was Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

The album’s R&B/pop dynamic featured a ‘Who’s Who’ of the recorded music industry, from the album’s lead single ‘Love Is In Control [Finger On The Trigger]’, to the All Star Chorus on the Jon & Vangelis written ‘State Of Independence’, the beautiful ‘The Woman In Me’, the Bruce Springsteen-penned and performed ‘Protection’ and ‘[If It] Hurts Just A Little’, which was heavily sampled in 1999 by Cassius in ‘Cassius 1999’.

To celebrate the album’s 40th Anniversary, ‘Mystery Of Love’ with those memorable James Ingram vocal harmonies has been given a contemporary r&b/dance feel, with respect to the original version, by producer Le Flex, who has produced and worked on a number of chart hits.

This CD format, packaged in a beautiful A5 Mediabook, also contains 7” single versions of the hits, a non-album ‘B’-side, as well as the 12” Dance Mix of ‘Love Is In Control....’, a newly authored 8,000 word essay, with Foreword by Bruce Sudano, by noted US writer Christian John Wikane, featuring new and his own archive interviews conducted with David Foster,Phillip Ingram, Le Flex, Steve Lukather, Bill Meyers,Richard Page, Greg Phillinganes,Bruce Roberts, Brenda Russell,Dionne Warwick, and the late James Ingram.

This sublime masterpiece doesn’t need a specific mood or weather climate to hear. It can be listened to any time of the day night, any day of the year and 40 years later, it’s still being played....

1. Love Is In Control [Finger On The Trigger]
2. Mystery Of Love
3. The Woman In Me
4. State Of Independence
5. Livin’ In America
6. Protection
7. [If It] Hurts Just A Little
8. Love Is Just A Breath Away
9. Lush Life
Bonus Tracks:
10. Mystery Of Love [Le Flex 'Summer Mystery' Remix]
11. Love Is In Control [Finger On The Trigger] [7” Version]
12. State Of Independence [7” Version]
13. The Woman In Me [7” Version]
14. Sometimes Like Butterflies
15. Mystery Of Love [Le Flextended 'Summer Mystery' Remix]
16. Love Is In Control [Finger On The Trigger] [Dance Remix]

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Today 01:56 PM

Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73

From BestClassicBands.com-
Olivia Newton-John, the beloved singer, actress and philanthropist, died today [[August 8, 2022). The news was of the passing of the British-born, Australian actress, at age 73, was shared by her husband, John Easterling, on her social media pages just after 3 p.m. ET. “Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning,” he wrote, “surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”The note continued: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund [[ONJFoundationFund.org).”
The internet began “blowing up” in late December 2018 that Newton-John had “weeks to live.” [[Similarly, on Sept. 10, 2018, there were reports that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The beloved singer was, indeed, battling stage 4 cancer in her back. As Best Classic Bands previously reported, Newton-John had postponed a tour that year due to the cancer diagnosis.)

On January 2, 2019, she struck back at the end-of-year tabloid stories to proclaim in a video greeting that “the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The singer, actress and author, looking great, wished all of her fans “the happiest, healthiest 2019 possible,” thanking them for their love and support.

In a September 9, 2018, profile on the Australian TV program, Sunday Night, the beloved singer sounded confident that she will beat it once again. “I believe I will win over it,” she said. The only revelation is that Newton-John acknowledged for the first time that cancer was discovered in her shoulder in 2013.
On Sept. 16, Newton-John cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Wellness Walk and Research Run in Melbourne, Australia.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. The singer, who turned 73 on September 26, 2021, wrote a new memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’.
Newton-John had announced on May 30, 2017 that the back pain that caused her to postpone the first half of her 2017 concert tour, had turned out to be a reoccurrence of breast cancer. The singer, actress, author and humanitarian is best known for her five #1 pop hits as well as her starring role in the movie musical Grease opposite John Travolta.
Newton-John, though born in England was a longtime Australian resident. She broke through with her 1974 #1 smash, “I Honestly Love You,” which earned the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and followed it with four other chart-toppers: 1975’s “Have You Never Been Mellow,” her 1978 duet from Grease with John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want,” 1980’s “Magic” and 1981’s “Physical.”

Newton-John was an advocate for breast cancer research as well as humanitarian causes. She earned four Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981.

Today 05:40 PM

WorldRadioHistory.com Database: Scans of Billboard, Cashbox, Record World, etc

I just found out about this cool website that has complete scans of every issue of countless radio and music related publications, such as Billboard, Cashbox, Record World, etc etc. Here is the link to where you can view all of the issues of Billboard Magazine, which astonishingly goes all the way back to 1894!


Yesterday 04:23 PM

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Black Magic Cover


Does anyone here happen to have a high-resolution scan of the Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Black Magic cover?

I was hoping to make a t-shirt of that album cover. I haven't been able to find a decent scan anywhere and my LP copy is a bit worn.

08-16-2022 03:36 PM

Syreeta LP's Question

Does anyone know the reasoning why Syreeta's first three albums were released under MoWest, Motown, and Tamla respectively?


Ralph Terrana

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