Donna Summer, The Wanderer, Geffen GHS-2000, 1980
Donna Summer was probably the biggest music star in the world by 1979. But such a rise usually comes at a cost. She was signed to Casablanca Records and producer Giorgio Moroder, and it was really out of her hands which direction her career went. As it turned out, she wasn’t a Bad Girl at all, but a true believing Preacher’s Kid who found herself playing a role she didn’t feel comfortable with.
So it was a natural that when David Geffen came calling, Summer left Casablanca for his new label. This album was rush recorded and rush released to capitalize on her immense fame. Perhaps they should have taken more time…
It’s not that it’s a bad album, it’s just not a great album. It’s not great material and it’s not well produced. I would go so far as to say it’s overproduced. With such a lot riding on it, they really should have made sure that there was one sure-fire #1 hit on it.
Cost: $2, $849 Remaining.