A Love Trilogy

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A Love Trilogy
Studio album by Donna Summer
Released March 5, 1976
Recorded 1975
Genre Disco
Length 33:49
Label Oasis/Casablanca
Producer Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer chronology
Love to Love You Baby
(1975)
Love Trilogy
(1976)
Four Seasons of Love
(1976)
Singles from A Love Trilogy
  1. "Could It Be Magic"
    Released: January 11, 1976
  2. "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It"
    Released: March 30, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

A Love Trilogy is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on March 5, 1976, just eight months after her international breakthrough with the single and album of the same name - "Love To Love You Baby". The boldly sexual nature of that particular song had earned Summer the title "The first lady of love." By now Summer's work was being distributed in the U.S. by Casablanca Records, and they in particular were keen for her to continue portraying this image, despite her not being completely comfortable with it. As such, the Love Trilogy album continued in the same vein with the first side being taken up entirely by one long disco track in four fairly distinct movements ('Try Me', 'I Know', 'We Can Make It', and 'Try Me, I Know We Can Make It'), the incorrectly named "love trilogy" of the title - "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It". Side Two contained a further three sexually-oriented disco songs, including a cover of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic". The album's artwork showed Summer floating light-heartedly through the clouds, again adding to the image of her as a fantasy figure.

While the album sold well across the world, (it was her second, consecutive album to be certified Gold in the United States) it failed to produce a successful follow-up single to "Love To Love You Baby". Edited versions of "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" and "Could It Be Magic" charted in some nations, but sales figures did not come close to those of her breakthrough single.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It"   Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer 17:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "Prelude to Love"   Bellotte, Moroder, Summer 1:06
3. "Could It Be Magic"   Adrienne Anderson, Barry Manilow 5:19
4. "Wasted"   Bellotte, Moroder 5:09
5. "Come With Me"   Bellotte, Moroder 4:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Donna Summer – vocals, composer
  • Giorgio Moroder – bass guitar, composer, producer and synthesizer
  • Pete Bellotte – composer, producer
  • Backing vocals: Madeline Bell, Sunny Leslie, Sue Glover (the Midnite Ladies)
  • Other musicians on this album were known collectively as "Munich Machine" and worked on a variety of Moroder/Bellotte productions from this period.
  • Munich Machine are: Thor Baldursson – string arrangement, Frank Diez – guitar, Keith Forsey – drums, Martin Harrison – drums, Molly Moll – guitar, Gary Unwin – bass, Les Hurdle  - bass

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
  • Engineer: Juergen Koppers, Mack & Hans
  • Musical arrangements: Giorgio Moroder and Thor Baldurson

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1976 The Billboard 200 21
Billboard Top R&B Albums 16
U.K. Albums Chart 41
Spain 1
Germany 24
Norway 14
Sweden 18
Austria 8
Italy 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Could It Be Magic" Billboard Hot 100 52
Billboard Hot R&B Tracks 21
U.K. Singles Chart 40
"Try Me I Know We Can Make It" Hot Dance Music 1
Hot R&B Tracks 35
The Billboard Hot 100 80
"Wasted" Hot Dance Music 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freedberg, Michael. "A Love Trilogy > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "A Love Trilogy > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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