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Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition)

Donna Summer

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Album Review

Bad Girls marked the high-water mark in Donna Summer's career, spending six weeks at number one, going double platinum, and spinning off four Top 40 singles, including the chart-topping title song and "Hot Stuff," which sold two million copies each, and the million-selling, number two hit "Dim All the Lights." Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte recognized that disco was going in different directions by the late '70s, and they gave the leadoff one-two punch of "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" a rock edge derived from new wave. The original two-LP set was divided into four musically consistent sides, with the rock-steady beat of the first side giving way to a more traditional disco sound on the second side, followed by a third side of ballads and a fourth side with a more electronic, synthesizer-driven sound that recalled Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love." Though remembered for its hits, the album had depth and consistency, concluding with "Sunset People," one of Summer's best album-only tracks. The result was the artistic and commercial peak of her career and, arguably, of disco itself. This two-CD reissue fits the original album on disc one with a sole bonus track, Summer's original demo of "Bad Girls." Disc two, dubbed "12" Singles & More," presents extended dance remixes of Summer hits from "I Feel Love" to the post-Bad Girls numbers "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (a duet with Barbra Streisand) and "On the Radio," including versions of all four Bad Girls hits (the fourth being "Walk Away"). The packaging re-creates the expensive, glossy cover of the original LP, with Summer as a scantily clad streetwalker. The choices to augment the album are excellent, giving a good sense of Summer in her 1977-1980 prime.

Customer Reviews

One of the best ever

This is a can't miss album for those who either were around when this album came out, or for those in the younger crowd who are inquisitive to know where some of today's dance music was inspired. Other than the obvious disco classics (Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Sunset People), the ballads are also very powerful and, I believe, provide the sensitive side of Ms Summer. This album was written about prostitutes (from what I've heard), each of which also has a tender and human side. And thus this record can also be considered introspective as well as totally balls-to-the-wall brainless when you just want to dance! This ranks up there as one of the best albums of all time, for this genre.

Her best Album

Donna Summer made her best album here. Big music fan here and this by far my favorite album of all time. Every song on this album is great except for "My Baby Understands". This was her last Disco album and her last great album but way to go out with a big bang with such a great album. The album starts with disco rock "Hot Stuff" and chuck full of disco (without strings) until the song "On My Honor" her ballad period album and then into the future sound of 80's disco NRG music with "Our Love", "Lucky", and "Sunset People". The second CD is great two and makes the album even more great. Her greatest long-version songs of the 70's of Donna Summer. This album will change how you look on albums. Enjoy!!

The Pinnacle...

Whether you thought that the "death" of disco was the death of music, or that the genre couldn't possibly go out of vogue fast enough, BAD GIRLS upon its release was not only Donna Summer's most cohesive and successful effort, but it was possibly the best disco album of all time. It didn't just embrace disco, but transformed it, blending rock with the sizzling guitar licks of studio pro Jeff Baxter, and it showcased the best production and writing ever from Donna's mentors Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. This is the album that set the bar for all other dance music that followed it, with "Hot Stuff/Bad Girls" becoming something of a mini-suite...DJ's in the know didn't dare play one without the other. If you want to know what kind of songs had people setting down their drinks and RUNNING to the dance floor, here's the ultimate example. You should buy this for the 12" mixes alone!

Biography

Born: December 31, 1948 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Donna Summer's title as the "Queen of Disco" wasn't mere hype — she was one of the very few disco performers to enjoy a measure of career longevity, and her consistent chart success was rivaled in the disco world only by the Bee Gees. Summer was certainly a talented vocalist, trained as a powerful gospel belter, but then again, so were many of her contemporaries. Of major importance in setting Summer apart were her songwriting abilities and her choice of talented collaborators in producers/songwriters...
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