A Love Trilogy

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A Love Trilogy
A Love Trilogy.jpg
Studio album by Donna Summer
Released March 5, 1976
Recorded 1975 at Musicland Studios, Munich[1]
Genre Disco
Length 33:49
Label Oasis/Casablanca
Producer Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer chronology
Love to Love You Baby
A Love Trilogy
Four Seasons of Love
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[2]
Robert Christgau B [3]

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 bold, 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 the label encouraged Summer, Moroder and team to continue in this vein. A Love Trilogy uses the first side for one long disco track in three distinct movements ('Try Me', 'I Know', 'We Can Make It', and coalescing into the "love trilogy" of the title - "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It". Side Two contained three additional erotic 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.

The album sold well across the world, (it was her second, consecutive album to be certified Gold in the United States) and again topped the national US Disco charts. Edited versions of "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" and "Could It Be Magic" did not reach the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, but the latter was a sizable R&B hit (#21) and disco hit (#3). Casablanca released a 12-inch version of "Try Me I Know We Can Make It" with "Love to Love You Baby" on the reverse side. The single "Could It Be Magic" was a Top 5 hit in the Netherlands.
The album did not fare so well in the UK where it reached only the no. 41 spot in September, some six months after its initial release.[4] Likewise the single "Could It Be Magic" which only reached no. 40.[5]

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


  • 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


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

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Donna-Summer-A-Love-Trilogy/release/8223916
  2. ^ Freedberg, Michael. "A Love Trilogy > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "A Love Trilogy > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Official Charts: A Love Trilogy". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Official Charts: Could It Be Magic". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Donna Summer | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Donna Summer – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Donna Summer. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Les Certifications & Les Ventes". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD/Albums depuis 1968". infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A Love Trilogy in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Donna Summer – Love Trilogy". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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