Love to Love You Baby (album)

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Love to Love You Baby
Love To Love You Baby.jpg
Studio album by Donna Summer
ReleasedAugust 27, 1975
RecordedMay–June 1975
StudioMusicland Studios
(Munich, West Germany)
GenreDisco
Length35:48
LabelCasablanca
Oasis
ProducerPete Bellotte
Donna Summer chronology
Lady of the Night
(1974)
Love to Love You Baby
(1975)
A Love Trilogy
(1976)
Singles from Love to Love You Baby
  1. "Love to Love You Baby"
    Released: November 26, 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB− [2]

Love to Love You Baby is the second studio album by American singer Donna Summer, released on August 27, 1975 and her first to be released internationally and in the United States. Her previous album Lady of the Night (1974) was released only in the Netherlands.

History[edit]

In the summer of 1974, Summer approached producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte with an idea for a song. A re-issued 45 of 'Je 'Taime' by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg was back on the charts, prompting Summer to pen her own 'racy' song. She had come up with the lyric "love to love you, baby" as the possible title for the song. Moroder in particular was interested in developing the new disco sound that was becoming increasingly popular, and used Summer's idea to develop the song into an overtly sexual disco track. The original three-minute single was released several times before it had any success – and later edited versions of the re-recorded much longer track were the versions which became a major international hit, almost a year later. He had the idea that she should moan and groan orgasmically, but Summer was initially reticent. Eventually she agreed to record the song as a demo for other singers to hear and possibly record and release. She stated she was not completely sure of some of the lyrics, and parts of the song were improvised while recording. She stated on a VH1's Behind the Music program that she pictured herself as Marilyn Monroe acting out the part of someone in sexual ecstasy. Moroder liked Summer's recording and insisted it should actually be released. Summer reluctantly agreed and the song, titled "Love to Love You", was released to modest success in Europe.

The song, however, still did not have a US release after modest success in Europe. Moroder took it to Casablanca Records and label president Neil Bogart eventually decided to release it, but requested Moroder produce a version near twenty minutes. Summer, Moroder, and producer Pete Bellotte returned with a seventeen-minute version. Casablanca signed Summer and issued the single in November 1975 as "Love to Love You Baby". Casablanca distributed Summer's work in the US while other labels distributed it in different nations during this period.

"Love to Love You Baby" was Summer's first single and first hit in America, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1976. It also became her first number-one Hot Dance Club Play Chart hit. The album (side one of which was completely taken up with the full-length version of the title track) was also released in late 1975 and was soon certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US. The song was branded "graphic" by some music critics and was even banned by some radio stations for its explicit content. Time later reported that a record twenty-two orgasms were simulated by Summer in the making of the song. In some areas of the music press, Summer would later begin to be dubbed "The First Lady of Love." The album made the Top 20 in both the US and the UK.

The other songs on the album had a more soul/R&B feel to them. Side two consisted of four more original songs, plus a reprise of one of them. Two of the songs, "Full of Emptiness" (which was taken from her previous album Lady of the Night) and "Whispering Waves" were ballads, while "Need-a-Man Blues" was in a slightly more pop/disco vein, and "Pandora's Box" was more mid-tempo.

The track listing for side B differs in some European nations. In the Netherlands the album was released with the single "Virgin Mary" replacing the first version of "Full of Emptiness." On some releases in Germany, "Whispering Waves" and both versions of "Full of Emptiness" were removed. They were replaced by "Lady of the Night" and "The Hostage", both taken from the Lady of the Night album. In France, "The Hostage" was added as a bonus track at the end of side B. It appears that neither "The Hostage," "Lady of the Night," or "Virgin Mary" appear on any CD releases of the album. [3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All tracks written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte except where noted; all tracks produced by Bellotte.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love to Love You Baby"
16:49
Side two
No.TitleLength
2."Full of Emptiness"2:22
3."Need-a-Man Blues"4:30
4."Whispering Waves"4:50
5."Pandora's Box"4:56
6."Full of Emptiness (Reprise)"2:20

Alternate European track listings[edit]

All releases retained the same track listing for side one

Netherlands – Side two
No.TitleLength
2."Virgin Mary"4:02
3."Need-a-Man Blues"4:30
4."Whispering Waves"4:50
5."Pandora's Box"4:56
6."Full of Emptiness"2:20
Germany (Atlantic Release) – Side two
No.TitleLength
2."Lady of the Night"3:58
3."Pandora's Box"4:56
4."Need-a-Man Blues"3:09
5."The Hostage"4:16
France – Side two
No.TitleLength
2."Full of Emptiness"2:22
3."Need-a-Man Blues"4:30
4."Whispering Waves"4:50
5."Pandora's Box"4:56
6."Full of Emptiness (Reprise)"2:20
7."The Hostage"4:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Donna Summer – lead vocals
  • Molly Moll, Nick Woodland, Pete Bellotte – guitar
  • Dave King – bass guitar
  • Michael Thatcher – keyboards
  • Giorgio Moroder – keyboards, percussion
  • Martin Harrison – drums
  • Franz Deuber – string session
  • Bernie Brocks – percussion
  • Lucy, Betsy, Gitta – backing vocals

Production

  • Pete Bellotte – producer
  • Giorgio Moroder – arranger, mix-down engineer
  • Michael Thatcher – string and horn arrangements
  • Reinhold Mack, Hans Menzel – recording engineers
  • Lazzaroni, Zill – photography
  • Stephen Lumel/Gribbitt! – art direction and design

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ 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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  12. ^ "Donna Summer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Love to Love You Baby in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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