November 12, 2016 Bad Girls Record For Casablanca

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Donna Summer, Bad Girls, Casablanca NBLP-2-7150, 1979

It doesn’t matter to a bargain record buyer what genre of music is on the record.  We buy anything!  While I personally get more excited about a classic rock album than a classic disco album, finding a great copy of the ultimate disco album is still a good thing.

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The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack may be the ultimate disco record, but this double album from Donna Summer is right behind it.  Never comfortable with the Love Goddess image given to her by her producer Georgio Moroder, she wanted this record to done more in a rock style than pure dance music.  The combination is really great, and the album became the biggest of her career.

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After this record, and as the best selling female artist in the world, she felt strong enough to go further with her interest in rock music, but Casablanca refused to back her.  She signed with the then new Geffen Records to get more creative freedom.  Casablanca chose to do what record companies always do, release a greatest hits package, and mine this album for “new” singles for two years.  Both the artist and the company saw the sales dry up, and by 1981 the artist was considered a has been and the company was out of business. Still, this record is really great (it would be an amazing single record!), and one that is easy enough to find.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $652 Remaining

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August 10, 2016 Pack Your Bags

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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.

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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…

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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.

 Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $849 Remaining.