Once Upon A Time (Remastered) Donna Summer

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Label: Island Mercury

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Contemporary

Interpret: Donna Summer

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  • 1Once Upon A Time04:00
  • 2Faster And Faster To Nowhere03:36
  • 3Fairy Tale High04:24
  • 4Say Something Nice04:47
  • 5Now I Need You06:08
  • 6Working The Midnight Shift05:07
  • 7Queen For A Day06:04
  • 8If You Got It Flaunt It04:46
  • 9A Man Like You03:37
  • 10Sweet Romance04:31
  • 11(Theme) Once Upon A Time (Instrumental)00:52
  • 12Dance Into My Life04:13
  • 13Rumour Has It04:54
  • 14I Love You04:43
  • 15Happily Ever After03:52
  • 16(Theme) Once Upon A Time04:00
  • Total Runtime01:09:34

Info zu Once Upon A Time (Remastered)

Once Upon a Time may be the ne plus ultra of disco albums. A four-sided, four-'act' mock opera loosely based on Cinderella, it marks another technological triumph for Munich-based producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte and for chameleon-voiced Donna Summer, who emerges as both the Diana Ross and the Bette Midler of disco and as one of pop culture's all-time camp divas.

By blending sex and science fiction, Moroder and Bellotte have developed the aural counterparts to the visual imagery of discotheques. But the sex is of the skinflick variety, and the science fiction, pulp. Barry White's softcore bubblings seeded this erotic Muzak, and Moroder and Bellotte have brought it to full flower. Their synthesizer-based disco is the music of the brave new world—music with a capacity to suggest comic-book erotic/astral configurations, limited only by the studio and synthesizer technologies that produce and reproduce it.

Using Donna Summer as a pansexual, Barbarella-style fantasy object, Moroder's and Bellotte's camp eroticism pulls humor out of the gap between pornography's fantasy of sexual insatiability and actual human sexual capacity. Summer's first hit, 'Love to Love You Baby,' fused Barry White's pseudoorgasmic approach with the synthesized Eurodisco style heralded by the Silver Convention's 'Fly, Robin, Fly.' 'Love to Love You Baby' not only paved the way toward a more blatant eroticism, it exhibited a nearly total fragmentation of narrative musical structure and signaled disco's break from short radio forms to longer, more organic structures. In their next two albums with Summer, Moroder and Bellotte padded the chant with a diaphanous gloss and fluffed out the fantasy of perpetual gratification with love-comic scenarios. I Remember Yesterday finally revealed Summer as not just a centerfold gasp but a brassy pop/soul stylist in the Bette Midler-Melissa Manchester mold. But the album's signal achievement was 'I Feel Love,' in which they underlined Summer's dreamy vocals with jittery, diamond-hard synthesizer rhythms accented by a whiplash.

With Once upon a Time, Moroder-Bellotte-Summer diversify even further. Three sides—acts one, two and four—feature several styles of propulsive dance music designed for disco play. But act three is mostly R&B pop and contains two of the strongest nondisco cuts of Summer's career. 'A Man like You' offers a clever pastiche of Gene Page's arrangement for 'Get Closer.' 'Sweet Romance,' a pop/soul tear-jerker with a catchy tune, has Summer hilariously praying to 'father dear,' with a quasi-baroque harpsichord behind her.

Donna Summer
Maintaining an unbroken string of hits throughout the 70s and 80s, most of which she wrote, Donna Summer (1948-2012) holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit #1 on the Billboard charts (three) and is the first woman to have four #1 singles in a twelve-month period, three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand. A five-time Grammy Award-winner, she was the first artist to win the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (1979, "Hot Stuff"), as well as the first-ever recipient of the Grammy for Best Dance Recording (1997, "Carry On").

She held six American Music Awards, three consecutive #1 platinum double albums (she’s the only artist, male or female, ever to accomplish this), 11 gold albums, four #1 singles, 2 platinum singles, and 12 gold singles. Donna was also the first female artist to have a #1 single and #1 album on the Billboard charts simultaneously (“MacArthur Park” and Live & More, 1978), a feat she also repeated six months later (“Hot Stuff” and Bad Girls, 1979). She has charted 21 #1 hits on the Billboard Disco/Dance charts over a period of 25 years, a milestone solidifying her as THE Queen of Dance. In 2004, she became one of the first inductees, as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee (for 1977's "I Feel Love") into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.

In 2013, Donna Summer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is estimated that Ms. Summer has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

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