Donna Summer albums discography
|Donna Summer discography|
The discography of American singer and songwriter Donna Summer features seventeen studio albums recorded between 1974 and 2008, two live albums and a large amount of compilation albums and guest appearances.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Record label|
|1974||Lady of the Night [A]||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Groovy|
|1975||Love to Love You Baby||11||6||7||16||23||—||9||—||7||16||Casablanca [B][C][D]|
|1976||A Love Trilogy||21||16||32||6||24||—||14||—||18||41|
|Four Seasons of Love||29||13||—||16||31||—||—||—||40||—|
|1977||I Remember Yesterday||18||11||4||15||7||6||5||12||13||3|
|Once Upon a Time...||26||13||44||27||—||—||9||—||—||24|
|1981||I'm a Rainbow[E]||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||
|1983||She Works Hard for the Money||9||5||21||23||14||9||12||47||8||28||Mercury|
|1984||Cats Without Claws||40||24||91||84||39||19||15||—||10||69||Geffen[G]|
|1987||All Systems Go||122||53||—||—||—||72||—||—||27||—|
|1989||Another Place and Time||53||71||93||60||49||29||—||—||16||17||Atlantic[G]|
- A Released in the Netherlands only.
- B Love to Love You Baby and A Love Trilogy released by Oasis in North America in association with Casablanca.
- C Love to Love You Baby, A Love Trilogy, Four Seasons of Love and I Remember Yesterday released by various labels outside of North America including Groovy, who continued to distribute Summer's work in the Netherlands, GTO in the United Kingdom and Atlantic in Germany and France. Once Upon a Time... also released by Atlantic in Germany and France.
- D Once Upon a Time... and Bad Girls released by Philips in the Netherlands.
- E Recorded in 1981 but unreleased until 1996 and released in North America and Japan only.
- F Recorded in 1981 while Summer was signed to Geffen (who refused to release it). Eventually released by Mercury in 1996.
- G Released by Warner Bros. outside of North America.
- H Released only in North America.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Record label|
|1978||Live and More||1||4||27||2||—||25||4||16||Casablanca [I]|
|1999||Live & More Encore||43||33||—||—||75||—||—||—||
These compilation albums were issued by the record labels to which Summer was signed at the time of their releases. She had full involvement in the putting together of them and recorded new material for them.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1979||On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II [J]||1||4||16||10||42||40||39||2||29||24||Casablanca [J]|
|1994||Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits||90||—||93||—||—||75||—||10||—||37||Mercury|
|2003||The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer||88||65||—||64||—||57||27||—||—||6||UTV|
Other official compilations
These compilation albums were also issued by the record labels to which Summer was signed (or had recently left) at the time of their releases. However, some of them were only released in certain countries (particularly if a certain label was used to distribute Summer's work exclusively in that country/those countries) and none contained any new material from Summer (although The Donna Summer Anthology featured two tracks from the then unreleased 1981 I'm A Rainbow album).
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1977||Greatest Hits [K]||—||—||—||—||—||Groovy/Atlantic|
|The Greatest Hits of Donna Summer [L]||—||—||—||—||4||GTO|
|1978||Lo Mejor De Donna Summer Volume 1 [M]||—||—||—||—||—||Casablanca|
|Lo Mejor De Donna Summer Volume 2 [M]||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980||Walk Away - Collector's Edition: The Best of 1977-1980||50||54||—||—||—|
|1985||The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits||—||—||—||—||—||Mercury|
|1987||The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles||—||—||—||—||—||Casablanca|
|1990||The Best of Donna Summer [N]||—||—||76||44||24||Warner Bros.|
|1993||The Donna Summer Anthology||—||—||—||—||—||Mercury|
|2016||The Ultimate Collection [O]||—||—||—||—||30|
- K Released only in The Netherlands and Germany with different artwork by Groovy and Atlantic respectively. These labels were responsible for distributing Summer's earlier work in those countries and released the compilations independently of any other label.
- L Released only in the United Kingdom (with a slightly different track listing to the Dutch/German Greatest Hits releases and similar [but not identical] artwork to the Dutch one) by GTO. This label was responsible for distributing Summer's earlier work in that country and released the compilation independently of any other label.
- M Released only in South America.
- N Released only outside of North America. It was issued by Warner Bros., who had been responsible for distributing much of Summer's material outside of North America since 1980. This work had been distributed in North America firstly by Geffen and later Atlantic, both of which were Warner Bros. companies. Atlantic (to whom Donna was still signed in North America at the time) did not release the compilation there.
- O Released in Europe and different from the 2003 compilation of the same name.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Record label|
|2013||Love to Love You Donna||97||Verve|
|"Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside)"||1977||Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "The Deep"||Casablanca||The soundtrack, composed by John Barry, features two versions of the same track, the "main" version of which became a hit single for Summer.|
|"Theme from The Deep (Down, Deep Inside) (A Love Song)"|
|"With Your Love"||1978||Thank God It's Friday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Casablanca||Summer, who also appeared in the film, is credited as the performer of three songs for the soundtrack (plus a reprise of "Last Dance") and also wrote and sang background vocals on the song "Take It to the Zoo", performed by Sunshine, a group composed of her sisters. When released as a single, "Last Dance" would become one of the biggest hits of Summer's career and one of her signature songs.|
|"Take It to the Zoo"|
|"Last Dance (Reprise)"|
|"Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus"|
|"On the Radio"||1980||Foxes (Music from the Original Motion Picture)||Casablanca||Soundtrack album by various artists with music written and produced by Giorgio Moroder (although different lyricists were used, Summer herself being credited with the lyrics on this track). The song previously appears on Summer's 1979 compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 in both its full length and edited versions (with the track being credited as "written and recorded for the motion picture 'Foxes'"). The edited version was released as a 7" single in late 1979 and a 12" single with a longer instrumental part and the omission of the final verse (replacing it with a repeat of the second verse) was also available. It is in fact the 12" version featured on this soundtrack, which also features an instrumental of "On the Radio" credited to Moroder alone. "On the Radio" became a Top 5 hit for Summer.|
|"Highway Runner"||1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Music from the Motion Picture)||Full Moon [P]||Track from Summer's shelved 1981 album I'm a Rainbow that made its first appearance on this soundtrack album the following year.|
|"Romeo"||1983||Flashdance (Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)||Casablanca||Track from Summer's shelved 1981 album I'm a Rainbow that made its first appearance on this award-winning soundtrack album two years later.|
|"Let It Be Me"||1996||Ordinary Miracle||N/A||While no soundtrack for the film Ordinary Miracle has been released, this song (produced by Narada Michael Walden) can be heard playing over the end credits.|
|"Whenever There Is Love"||1996||Daylight (Music from the Motion Picture)||Universal||Soundtrack to a Sylvester Stallone film. The song, a duet with longtime collaborator Bruce Roberts was released as a single and also in a dance remix. A French version entitled "Tant Qu'il Y Aura L'Amour" was also issued and a Spanish version features on the Spanish DVD of the film.|
|"Dreamcatcher"||2000||Naturally Native (Original Soundtrack Recording)||Silver Wave||Film soundtrack featuring one song by Summer.|
|"The Power of One"||2000||Pokémon 2: The Power of One (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)||Atlantic||Film soundtrack featuring one song by Summer, also released as a single.|
- P Released by Full Moon and distributed by Asylum in North America and Warner Music Group in other countries.
|"Wassermann"||1968||Haare (Deutsche Originalaufnahme)||The original German cast recording of the musical "Hair." Donna Gaines is credited as a joint lead vocalist on some songs ("Wassermann"/"Luft"/"White Boys"/"Schweben Im Raum"/"Finale") and sings as part of the ensemble on the others listed. "Wassermann" was also released as a single in Germany, making it her first single release.|
|"Ich Bin Ein Farbiger"|
|"Ich Hab Kein..."|
|"Ich Bin Reich"|
|"Wo Geh' Ich Hin"|
|"Schweben Im Raum"|
|"Die Letzten Sterne"|
|"Light Sings"||1971||The Me Nobody Knows (Original German cast recording)||The English-language version of "The Me Nobody Knows" sung by the German cast. For reasons unknown, Summer is credited as "Gayn Pierre." Her main song as a lead vocalist is "How I Feel," but she can also be heard on other tracks.|
|"How I Feel"|
|"If I Had a Million Dollars"|
|"Let Me Come In"|
|"Licht singt"||1971||Ich Bin Ich (Original German cast recording)||The German-language version of "The Me Nobody Knows" sung by the German cast. The German version of "How I Feel" however is sung by a different person, although "Gayn Pierre" is still credited on several tracks.|
|"Hätt ich eine Million Dollars"|
|"Laß mich herein"|
|"Bereitet den Weg"||1971||Godspell (Original German cast recording)||The original German cast recording of the musical "Godspell." The original LP credits "Gayn Pierre" and the CD credits "Donna Summer." Although she is only credited on two tracks ("Oh, segne Gott mein' Seel" and "Du bist das Licht der Welt"), she can be heard in the background on many of the other tracks.|
|"Gott, hilf den Menschen"|
|"Tag für Tag "|
|"Lernt eure Lektion"|
|"Oh, segne Gott mein' Seel"|
|"Dann hat sich's gelohnt"|
|"Gut und schön"|
|"Di bist das Licht der Welt"|
|"Kehr um, oh Mensch"|
|"Geschieht euch recht, was kommt"|
|"Warum mußt du gehen?"|
|"Wir beschwör'n dich"|
|"Auf den Weiden"|
|"Lang' leb' Gott"|
|"Tag für Tag"|
|"Elizabeth Recitative"||2000||Child of the Promise (A Musical Story Celebrating the Birth of Christ)||A concept album written by Christian writers Michael and Stormie Omartian telling the story of the Nativity of Jesus through music, on which Summer sings the part of Elizabeth.|
|"When the Dream Never Dies"|
|"Mary and Elizabeth Recitative"|
|"I Cannot Be Silent"|
|"The Family"||1976||Trouble Maker (entitled The Trouble Maker in Europe)||Roberta Kelly||Album largely written and produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Summer's background vocals feature on one track.|
|"Happiness in the World"||1976||Winterference||Tom Winter||Summer features as a backing vocalist on one track.|
|"Shut Out/Heaven Is a Disco"||1977||Shut Out||Paul Jabara||Summer features as a guest vocalist on one track. "Shut Out" was also released as a single.|
|"Old Fashioned Girl"||1977||Brooklyn Dreams||Brooklyn Dreams||Summer features as a backing vocalist on one track. She would continue to work with the Brooklyn Dreams for several years. They sang backing vocals on several of her songs (lead singer Joe "Bean" Esposito also shared lead vocals with her on some, most notably the top five hit "Heaven Knows") and wrote numerous songs with her (including the number one hit "Bad Girls"). Summer would later marry group member Bruce Sudano and continue to write with him for many years.|
|"Burning Up With Fever"||1978||Gene Simmons||Gene Simmons||Summer sings background vocals on two tracks.|
|"Tunnel of Love"|
|"Mimi's Song"||1979||The Music for UNICEF: A Gift of Song||Various Artists||Features Summer's spoken introduction to her performance at the UNICEF benefit concert. While she performed the song live at the concert, the version used on the album is in fact from the Live and More album the previous year, which was recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater.|
|"Heaven Knows"||1979||Sleepless Nights||Brooklyn Dreams||"Heaven Knows" originally featured on Summer's Live and More album the previous year, with Brooklyn Dreams member Joe Esposito sharing the lead vocals (performing the "echo" parts on the verses), and became a Top 5 hit single. This version on the Brooklyn Dreams's album is a re-recorded version with Summer and Esposito's vocal parts being swapped around.|
|"Foggy Day"/"Never Lose Your Sense of Humor"||1979||The Third Album||Paul Jabara||Medley of two songs, "Never Lose Your Sense of Humor" being a duet with Summer. The track was also released as a single.|
|"Too Much for the Lady"||1979||Joy Ride||Brooklyn Dreams||Features spoken vocals by Summer.|
|"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"||1979||Wet||Barbra Streisand||The original, full length version of the later Number 1 hit single. A longer version, remixed by Harold Faltermeyer, appears on Summer's compilation album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2. Edits of both album versions appear on 7" singles issued by Columbia Records (edit of Wet version) and Casablanca Records (edit of On the Radio version), Streisand and Summer's respective record labels. The extended On the Radio version was issued as a 12" single by both labels, making Wet the only release to contain the original version.|
|"A Lover in the Night"||1980||Won't Let Go||Brooklyn Dreams||Summer sings background vocals on two tracks.|
|"I Won't Let Go"|
|"Pretenders"||1981||Fugitive Kind||Bruce Sudano||Summer provides background vocals for five tracks on husband and former Brooklyn Dreams member Bruce Sudano's album and is credited as Donna Sudano.|
|"A Girl Like You"|
|"Talk to Me"|
|"Walk Hand in Hand"||1982||Disco Round 2||Various Artists||Previously unreleased track that features on this compilation album released in Germany.|
|"Incommunicado"||1983||Different Style!||Musical Youth||Summer provides guest vocals on the British group's song that was co-written by Bruce Sudano, after they provided guest singles on her hit single "Unconditional Love" in the same year.|
|"This Girl's Back in Town"||1986||De La Noche: The True Story – A Poperetta||Paul Jabara||Summer's final appearance on an original Paul Jabara album.|
|"Something's Missing"||1989||Greatest Hits... and Misses||Paul Jabara||A track originally released as a Jabara solo track on his Keeping Time album in 1978. The duet version with Summer remained unreleased until this compilation album eleven years later.|
|"Carry On"||1992||Forever Dancing||Giorgio Moroder||The first collaboration between Summer and Moroder for 11 years. The song was released as a single in Germany and, some years later, in a remixed form in other countries, winning the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 1998.|
|"La Vie En Rose"||1993||Tribute to Edith Piaf||Various Artist||An album of various artists covering songs made famous by Edith Piaf. Summer's version of "La Vie En Rose" was released as a single in France and a promotional single in the United States.|
|"She Works Hard for the Money"||1994||Grammys Greatest Moments Volume 1||Various Artists||Live performance of Summer's hit from the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984.|
|"Does He Love You"||1996||Gently||Liza Minnelli||A duet cover of the 1993 song originally by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis.|
|"From a Distance"||1996||One Voice||Various Artists||An album produced by Summer's long-term collaborator Michael Omartian featuring a cover of the popular song with lead vocals by Summer, Nanci Griffith and Raul Malo.|
|"Someday"||1996||Mouse House: Disney's Dance Mixes||Various Artists||Compilation of dance versions of various songs from Disney films. "Someday" was originally featured in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and performed by Heidi Mollenhauer.|
|"Black Power"||1998||Moonflowers & Mini-Skirts||Peter Thomas||Compilation of tracks recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Summer's song is taken from a German television show called 11 Uhr 20, in which she had a cameo as a nightclub diva.|
|"My Prayer for You"||1999||Sing Me to Sleep, Mommy||Various Artists||Compilation of original ballads and lullabies featuring one song by Summer.|
|"When I Look Up"||2000||Vertical||Darwin Hobbs||Duet with the American gospel singer.|
|"Rosie Christmas"||2000||Another Rosie Christmas||Rosie O'Donnell/Various Artists||Christmas album by American comedian Rosie O'Donnell featuring one track by Summer, produced by Ric Wake.|
|"Take Heart"||2000||The Mercy Project||Various Artists||Gospel album released on the Christian Word label. Features one song by Summer.|
|"Someone to Watch Over Me" (Video Version)||2001||Keeping the Dream Alive: Race to Erase MS||Various Artists||Charity album to raise money for/awareness of multiple sclerosis. This live recording of the Gershwin standard is actually from Summer's 1999 VH-1 special Live & More Encore but was not included on the accompanying album. The other songs performed on the special/video but not released on the album would remain unreleased on CD until 2013 on a compilation entitled Playlist: The Very Best of Donna Summer.|
|"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"||2004||DiscoMania||Various Artists||U.K. album featuring a compilation of pre-recorded performances from a TV special of the same name, on which contemporary pop acts (mostly British ones) performed disco classics from the 1970s. Summer hosted the show and performed her hit "Enough Is Enough" as a duet with Irish boyband Westlife. The CD also included "The Donna Summer 'Eternity' Megamix."|
|"Power of Love"||2005||So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross||Various Artists||Tribute to the late Luther Vandross by various artists covering his songs. Summer's version of "Power Of Love" was also released as a maxi-single.|
|"Are You Brave?"||2005||Songs from the Neighborhood - The Music of Mister Rogers||Various Artists||Tribute album to the late children's television host Fred Rogers by various artists performing songs used in his popular programme Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Summer performs "Are You Brave?" and is featured in the ensemble of "Thank You For Being You".|
|"Thank You For Being You"|
|"MacArthur Park"||2005||Night of the Proms||Various Artists||Soundtrack of the Belgian concert on which Summer performs two of her hits live. "State of Independence" also features vocals by Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base.|
|"State of Independence"|
|"A Whole New World"||2007||At the Movies||Dave Koz||Summer provides guest vocals for saxophone player Dave Koz on a cover of the song from Disney's Aladdin.|
|"Un-Break My Heart/Crazy/On The Radio"||2011||Hit Man Returns||David Foster||Soundtrack to the TV special.|
Summer's debut album, Lady of the Night was released only in the Netherlands by Groovy Records. This was followed by her first international release, Love to Love You Baby, issued by Giorgio Moroder's Oasis Records in association with Casablanca Records in the United States and Canada. (At this time Summer would again become based in the United States, having lived in Germany for several years previously.) While Casablanca would become the main label responsible for managing Summer, Groovy continued to distribute her work in the Netherlands and other labels were used to distribute her work in other countries, such as GTO in the United Kingdom, Atlantic in Germany and France, Polar in Sweden and Durium in Italy.
From 1977's Once Upon a Time... album, Casablanca would take over the distribution of Summer's albums in most countries (though her releases in the Netherlands would be issued by Philips and [until 1978 and 1979 respectively] would continue to be issued by Atlantic in Germany and France). As a result, some of her former labels released hits compilation albums in an attempt to cash in on losing her: GTO even scored a Top 5 placing in the United Kingdom with The Greatest Hits of Donna Summer. Summer remained with Casablanca, who helped make her one of the biggest stars in music and "The Queen of Disco" until the end of 1979, when she left due to personal and professional disputes with them and filed a lawsuit against them.
Summer became the first ever artist to be signed to David Geffen's Geffen Records in 1980 and, after refusing to release her second album recorded for them (in 1981), requested that she no longer work with long-term collaborator Giorgio Moroder, who had produced and co-written the vast majority of her hits in the previous decade. From the following album, (issued in 1982), her Geffen work outside North America would be distributed by Warner Bros. Records, the umbrella company to Geffen.
By 1983, Casablanca had been bought out by PolyGram Records, who informed Summer that she still owed them an album as per her legal settlement with Casablanca. Geffen reportedly refused to release much of her material in the remainder of the decade and, after they refused to release her album Another Place and Time in 1988, Summer left the label. However, Warner Bros. released the record in Europe the following year where it became a success, resulting in Summer being signed to their Atlantic label in North America. She remained signed to Atlantic and Warner Bros. until the early 1990s.
Summer again signed to PolyGram's Mercury label, who released two hits compilation albums, her 1994 Christmas album and the previously unreleased second Geffen album from 1981. By the end of the decade, she was signed to Sony's Epic Records, who released a live album. Her final album, in 2008, was released by Sony's Burgundy Records.
In 1990, Geffen Records was sold to MCA Records, which was owned by alcoholic beverage-maker Seagram and in 1998, PolyGram and its imprints were purchased by Seagram, which merged the company with its MCA Records label and imprints to create the gigantic Universal Music Group. This had the result of Summer's MCA, Oasis, Casablanca, Geffen, and Mercury releases now being owned by one conglomerate, Universal Music. This catalogue of Summer's material stretches from 1971 to 1987 for Universal Music Group. Post 1987, the masters to her recordings released by Geffen/Warner Bros, Atlantic Records, Epic Records and Burgundy Records are part of her personal estate.
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