I'm a Rainbow

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I'm a Rainbow
I'm A Rainbow.jpg
Studio album by Donna Summer
ReleasedOctober 5, 1981 / August 20, 1996 (original 1981 double album was never officially released. Released on single CD format in 1996)
LabelGeffen (unreleased)
Mercury (1996 CD issue)
ProducerGiorgio Moroder
Pete Bellotte
Harold Faltermeyer
Donna Summer chronology
The Wanderer
I'm a Rainbow
Donna Summer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

I'm a Rainbow is the ninth studio album (fourth double album) recorded by Donna Summer. Recorded in 1981 but shelved, it would not be released until 1996. There was no official release or promotion for the album. AllMusic gave the album a positive review.


After making her name as the biggest selling and most important female artist of the disco era in the 1970s, Summer had signed to Geffen Records in 1980 and released the new wave-influenced album The Wanderer. I'm a Rainbow, a double album set, was set to be its follow-up (Summer had gained much success during the 1970s with double albums). Donna had just recently given birth to her second child, daughter Brooklyn, when work was to start on the album. Things in the recording studio were not the same as before. As Harold Faltermeyer recalls, "Donna had changed and was going through some things we couldn't help with. Things had changed and scheduled recording sessions were not kept. When Geffen stopped by the studio to check on progress, he was unhappy with what he had heard. There were only a few songs finished and most were in demo phase." He cancelled the project and insisted that Summer part company with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who had produced and co-written, and with whom Summer had been working since the early 1970s. Harold Faltermeyer was unaware that the project had been released in 1996 under the name 'I'm a Rainbow'. "The project was cancelled I still have the tapes, we never completed the project. There was never any title." [2] She was instead paired up with producer Quincy Jones and begun work on the 1982 self-titled album. This effectively ended Summer's working relationship with the Moroder, Bellotte team, whom with she created 10 critically acclaimed albums.

Over the years, songs from I'm a Rainbow were released on other compilations.

While dance-oriented music was a theme throughout the album, this was combined with several different musical styles, making it one of Summer's more diverse albums. Styles explored included 80s Brit synthpop like The Human League and Duran Duran, pop/rock, and ballads. It included a duet with Joe "Bean" Esposito, writing credits from Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey, Sylvester Levay, Summer's husband Bruce Sudano as well as the usual Summer/Moroder/Bellotte team.

Bootleg copies of the album circulated among fans for years before the full album was finally released by Mercury Records, a division of Polygram, on 20 August 1996. The original album artwork, however, couldn't be located, because the project was cancelled and there was no title or artwork made for the cancelled album. The tracks heard on the released album are mostly in demo phase, since the project was shelved, and Harold Faltermeyer insisted only a few tracks were actually finished. As of August 10, 2006 the album has sold 13,000 copies in the United States.[3]


Several of the shelved songs were licensed to other artists. The Real Thing covered "I Believe in You" late 1981,[4] Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA recorded "To Turn the Stone" (produced by Phil Collins) for her 1982 solo album Something's Going On[5] - it was also included on Joe "Bean" Esposito and Giorgio Moroder's 1983 album Solitary Men.[6] Pianist Helen St. John also covered "Stone" as well as the track "Melanie" under a new name "Images" on her 1982 album, produced by Moroder.[7] Amii Stewart recorded "You to Me" and "Sweet Emotion" for her self-titled album the same year.[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Believe (In You)" (Duet with Joe Esposito)Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey4:31
2."True Love Survives"Pete Bellotte, Donna Summer3:38
3."You to Me"Bellotte, Sylvester Levay4:40
4."Sweet Emotion"Bellotte, Levay3:45
5."Leave Me Alone"Faltermeyer, Forsey4:06
6."Melanie"Giorgio Moroder, Summer3:40
7."Back Where You Belong"Faltermeyer, Forsey3:53
8."People Talk"Moroder, Summer4:16
9."To Turn the Stone"Bellotte, Moroder4:21
10."Brooklyn"Bellotte, Levay, Summer4:36
11."I'm a Rainbow"Bruce Sudano4:07
12."Walk On (Keep on Movin')"Bellotte, Moroder3:51
13."Don't Cry for Me Argentina"Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber4:29
14."A Runner With the Pack"Bellotte4:08
15."Highway Runner"Moroder, Summer3:29
16."Romeo"Bellotte, Levay3:19
17."End of the Week"Bellotte, Levay3:39
18."I Need Time"Bellotte, Moroder, Summer4:24


  1. ^ Stanley, Leo. "I'm a Rainbow > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Harold Faltermeyer/flood of memory:the summer reign on sunset blvd/By David St.Mark/issue=October 2012/Daeida.com
  3. ^ "Answers to readers' questions about Roxette, Donna Summer and Jack Ingram". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 18, 2014. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  4. ^ "Real Thing* - I Believe In You". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Frida - Something's Going On". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito - Solitary Men". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Helen St. John - Power To The Piano". Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Amii Stewart - Amii Stewart". Retrieved 3 August 2016.