Live and More

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Live and More
Live album by Donna Summer
Released August 31, 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco/R&B
Length 77:35 (Original issue & japanese cd) 65:45 (CD version)
Label Casablanca
Producer Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer chronology
Once Upon a Time
(1977)
Live and More
(1978)
Bad Girls
(1979)
Singles from Live and More
  1. "MacArthur Park"
    Released: September 1978
  2. "Heaven Knows (with Brooklyn Dreams)"
    Released: December 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C [2]
Rolling Stone favourable [3]

Live and More was the seventh vinyl long-playing (LP) album recorded by Donna Summer, and it was her second double album. The live concert featured on the first three sides of this double LP album was recorded in the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California in 1978. This album was released on August 28, 1978 by Casablanca Records.

Background[edit]

During the concert, Summer performs a large number of her disco songs - both her hit singles, and a selection of songs from her previous album, Once Upon a Time. However, in this album, Donna also experimented with other musical styles such as jazz, in "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" and the George Gershwin song, "The Man I Love". She also performed a version of the ballad "The Way We Were", originally recorded by Barbra Streisand for the film of the same name, and a self-written ballad called "Mimi's Song", dedicated to her young daughter, Mimi. She was present at this concert for Summer to sing the song to her, and she is heard on the recording saying goodnight to the audience. The concert ends with one of Summer's best-known songs in the United States - "Last Dance". This hit song was included on the soundtrack of the film Thank God It's Friday, in which Summer had also acted. The composer, Paul Jabara, won an Academy Award for Best Song from a motion picture, and Summer herself won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance with this song. A personal favorite of Summer's, it was one of the first disco songs to feature a slow ballad-tempo both at the beginning and in the middle of the song. This would become a format that Summer would use on several other songs. Some versions of "Last Dance" have the slow part removed from the middle but keeps it at the beginning. The full version, however, was sung at this concert.

The fourth and final side of this double LP album contained a new studio recording entitled "MacArthur Park Suite", which is a medley of four songs including the main song "MacArthur Park", originally recorded as a ballad by the Irish actor Richard Harris. Summer's disco version was edited and issued as a single, and it became one of her biggest hits - her first number one song on the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and a Top five song in the United Kingdom. This song also earned Summer a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Another song in the medley, "Heaven Knows" was an American Top five hit, and it featured vocals by Joe Esposito of the Brooklyn Dreams musical group. That group included the musician Bruce Sudano, whom Summer would later marry.

Live and More would become Summer's first number one double album in the United States, and later achieved double platinum status in the U.S.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Once Upon a Time" - 3:03
  2. "Fairy Tale High" - 2:20
  3. "Faster and Faster to Nowhere" - 2:09
  4. "Spring Affair" - 2:34
  5. "Rumour Has It" - 2:34
  6. "I Love You" - 3:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "Only One Man" (Summer, Bob Conti, Virgil Weber) - 2:06
  2. "I Remember Yesterday" - 3:52
  3. "Love's Unkind" - 2:37
  4. "My Man Medley" - 6:25
    1. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
    2. "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
    3. "Some of These Days" (Shelton Brooks)
  5. "The Way We Were" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) - 3:23
  6. "Mimi's Song" (Summer, Weber) - 4:28

Side three[edit]

  1. "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" - 4:14
  2. "Love to Love You, Baby" - 3:23
  3. "I Feel Love" - 6:54
  4. "Last Dance" (Paul Jabara) - 5:50

Side four[edit]

  1. "Mac Arthur Park Suite" - 17:34
    1. "Mac Arthur Park" (Jimmy L. Webb) - 8:27
    2. "One of a Kind" - 4:57
    3. "Heaven Knows" - 2:38
    4. "Mac Arthur Park (Reprise)" (Webb) - 1:32

NB: When Live and More was released on compact disc (CD) the format could only hold a maximum of 74 minutes. Rather than release the album as a two disc set it was released as a single CD and "MacArthur Park Suite" was replaced with an extended version of the song "Down Deep Inside", which Summer had recorded for the film soundtrack for The Deep the previous year. The "MacArthur Park Suite", as featured on the various artists compilation, The Casablanca Records Story, and the Bad Girls Deluxe Edition is the 12-inch single version, not the original album version. The album version can only be found on The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles CD, the original Live and More vinyl LP album, and the Japanese CD issue of Live and More (Mercury PHCR 1032). The 12-inch version replaces the original album version of "Heaven Knows" with the 7-inch version; "One of a Kind" was trimmed of some percussion breaks.

The 7-inch version of "Heaven Knows" was created by combining the vocals from Summer's "Live and More" album with the instrumental tracks from Brooklyn Dreams' "Sleepless Nights" album (on that album Joe Esposito sings the lead vocal and Brooklyn Dreams sing the chorus) - a rare instance of a Summer 7-inch single which is actually longer than the album version. Bob Esty produced and arranged the "Sleepless Nights" album and should be given co-producer and arranger credit for the 7" version of "Heaven Knows" but the liner notes in every Summer compilation released to date only list Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte as producers and mistakenly credit Greg Mathieson as the arranger.

Universal Music Japan released a mini LP SHM-CD version of Live and More on August 8, 2012 in Japan (together with seven other Donna Summer albums) which restored the original cover art and included MacArthur Park Suite.

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1978 US Billboard 200 1
Canadian RPM Top 100 Albums[4] 2
UK Album chart 16
Single
Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Down, Deep Inside (Theme from 'The Deep')" UK Singles Chart 5
1978 "MacArthur Park" USA Billboard Hot 100 chart 1
UK Singles Chart 5
Sweden Single Chart 16
"Heaven Knows" USA Billboard Hot 100 chart 4

Personnel[edit]

  • Donna Summer - vocals
  • Keith Forsey - drums
  • Richard Adelman - drums
  • Sal Guglielmi - bass
  • Ken Park - percussion
  • Bob Conti - percussion
  • Peter Woodford - rhythm guitar
  • Mike Warren - lead guitar
  • Doug Livingston - keyboards
  • Virgil Weber - synthesizer
  • Greg Mathieson - moog & clavinet
  • Bobby Shew - trumpet
  • Rich Cooper - trumpet
  • Dalton Smith - trumpet
  • Bruce Paulson - trombone
  • Bob Payne - trombone
  • Dick "Slide" Hyde - bass trombone
  • Dick Spencer - alto sax
  • Don Menza - tenor sax
  • Joe Romano - baritone sax
  • John Santulis - concert master, violins
  • Pauel Farkas - violins
  • Mari Tsumura - violins
  • Teri Schoebrua - violins
  • Jay Rosen - violins
  • Lya Stern - violins
  • Leonard Selic - viola
  • Alfred Barr - viola
  • Victor Sazer - cello
  • Robert Adcock - cello
  • John Fresco - contractor
  • Sheri Wish - production manager
  • Keith Robertson - stage manager
  • Bryan Rooney - assistant stage manager
  • Background vocals: Sunshine (Carlena Williams, Dara Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard)*Mike North - equipment
  • Marc Figueroa - equipment
  • Stanal Sound (Bob Ludwig, Jim Fox, John Taylor) - sound
  • Lighting designed by Patrick Woodroffe for TFA Electrosound
  • Graphics: Stephen Lumel, Henry Vizcarra
  • Photographs by Francesco Scavullo
  • Photography assistant: Sean Byrnes
  • Donna Summer logotype: Tom Nikosey
  • Costumes: David Picon
  • Management: Susan Munao Management & Joyce Bogart Management Co.

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte
  • Recorded live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA. except "MacArthur Park Suite," a studio recording
  • Engineered by: Juergen Koppers, Gary Ladinsky, Steve Smith
  • Mixdown engineer: Juergen Koppers
  • Mixed at Westlake Studios and Rust Studios
  • Conducted by: Michael Warren

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook, Steven. "Live and More > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Live and More > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ Carson, Tom (December 14, 1978). "Donna Summer: Live And More  : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ RPM Archives, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.0043a&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=ak991pfivc3lrthm2nbv3d6c50

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Living In The USA by Linda Ronstadt
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 11–17, 1978
Succeeded by
52nd Street by Billy Joel