Cats Without Claws

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Cats Without Claws
Cats Without Claws.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 1984
Recorded1983–1984
Genre
Length44:36
LabelGeffen
ProducerMichael Omartian
Donna Summer chronology
She Works Hard for the Money
(1983)
Cats Without Claws
(1984)
The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits
(1985)
Singles from Cats Without Claws
  1. "There Goes My Baby"
    Released: July 5, 1984[1]
  2. "Supernatural Love"
    Released: October 23, 1984[2]
  3. "Eyes"
    Released: May 14, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauB[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]

Cats Without Claws is the twelfth album released by Donna Summer. Summer had achieved monumental fame during the disco era of the 1970s, and in 1980 was signed to Geffen Records. She had had some degree of success with them, though her previous album had been released on another label.

This album peaked at No. 40 on Billboard's album chart and sold 300,000 copies in the United States.

That previous album, She Works Hard for the Money (1983), had been her most successful since the disco era, and as a result, its producer Michael Omartian was asked to produce the new album as well. Again the majority of tracks were written by Summer and Omartian, though a couple of other writers were credited including Summer's husband Bruce Sudano. As with the previous album, Cats Without Claws was pop/dance oriented but included soulful ballads. The album also contained a cover of "There Goes My Baby", originally made popular by The Drifters, which became the first single. Although Summer requested "Oh Billy Please" as the first single, again Geffen and his executives rejected her request. A gospel song written by Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire entitled "Forgive Me" would win Summer a Grammy award for Best Inspirational Performance.[6][7]

Cats Without Claws produced three singles: "There Goes My Baby", "Supernatural Love" (also released as a 12" Single) and "Eyes", "There Goes My Baby" reached #21 on the pop chart. Further 12" dance remixes included "Eyes" and "I'm Free".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Michael Omartian and Donna Summer, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Supernatural Love"Omartian, Bruce Sudano, Summer3:33
2."It's Not the Way" 4:22
3."There Goes My Baby"Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell4:05
4."Suzanna" 4:29
5."Cats Without Claws" 4:20
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Oh Billy Please" 4:55
7."Eyes" 4:45
8."Maybe It's Over"Summer4:43
9."I'm Free"Omartian, Sudano, Summer4:29
10."Forgive Me"Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo4:30

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Bruce Sudano – composer
  • Ronnie Puccinelli – production coordinator
  • Management – Susan Munao Management Co. Inc.
  • Photography – Harry Langdon
  • LP Art Direction – Chris Whorf for Art Hotel
  • Design – Jeffrey Fey for Art Hotel
  • Produced and arranged by Michael Omartian
  • Engineered and mixed by John Guess. "It's Not the Way", "Suzanna" and "Oh Billy Please" mixed by Juergen Koppers
  • 2nd engineers: Larry Fergusson, Dave Ahlert, Tom Fouce, Ross Palone
  • Recorded at Lion Share Studios, Los Angeles; United Western Studios, Hollywood; Rhema Studio, Los Angeles
  • LP mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 19
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 39
Japanease Albums (Oricon)[12] 33
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 15
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[14] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 69
US Billboard 200[18] 40

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1984 "There Goes My Baby" US Billboard Hot 100 21
"Supernatural Love" US Billboard Hot 100 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat – Donna Summer – There Goes My Baby / Maybe It's Over – Geffen – USA – 7-29291". 45cat. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  2. ^ "45cat – Donna Summer – Supernatural Love / Face The Music – Geffen – USA – 7-29142". 45cat. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Cats Without Claws > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Cats Without Claws > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone VS. Donna Summer: A Critical Reappraisal". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  6. ^ John Joseph Thompson Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll- 2000 "Her song "Forgive Me" was an enormous Christian radio hit and won her another Best Inspirational Performance Grammy. Critics blasted her for it, and she did see a drop in sales and popularity for several years..."
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of recorded sound -Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler – 2005 Volume 2 – Page 1079 "She won Grammy awards for Best Inspirational Performance in 1983 and 1984, for "He's a Rebel" and "Forgive Me," respectively."
  8. ^ "The Official Donna Summer – Timeline – Facebook". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
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  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
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  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Donna Summer – Cats Without Claws". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  18. ^ "Donna Summer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.