Donna: The CD Collection

Donna Summer

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Donna: The CD Collection Review

by Andy Kellman

Released in 2014 with support from Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer's husband and collaborator, this box set of U.K. origin has a slightly misleading title. Donna: The CD Collection sounds like it should be all-encompassing, an anthology of every studio album Summer released from the mid-'70s through the late 2000s. An undertaking of that scope, however, would likely be impossible, as is evident with this set, which isn't even thorough with the period it covers. The core here consists of remastered and expanded editions of The Wanderer (1980), Donna Summer (1982), Cats Without Claws (1984), All Systems Go (1987), Another Place and Time (1989), Mistaken Identity (1991), and I'm a Rainbow (a 1981 album that remained unreleased until 1996). She Works Hard for the Money (1983), her most successful '80s album, isn't here, presumably due to a licensing issue. Nonetheless, serious fans should be knocked out by what is present and how it is presented, with sturdy and colorful packaging, extensive and original liner notes, and enough 7" and 12" mixes to necessitate three extra CDs. The box was released in a vinyl edition, and the albums were also sold individually on CD and vinyl, and as digital downloads as well.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Donna Summer 04:22 Amazon
2 Donna Summer 04:27 Amazon
3 Donna Summer 03:56 Amazon
4 Donna Summer 05:50 Amazon
5 Donna Summer 04:43 Amazon
6 Donna Summer 03:37 Amazon
7 Donna Summer 03:54 Amazon
8 Donna Summer 03:54 Amazon
9 Donna Summer 06:28 Amazon
10 Donna Summer 04:29 Amazon
11 Donna Summer 03:43 Amazon
12 Donna Summer 07:07 Amazon
13 Donna Summer 07:05 Amazon
14 Donna Summer 04:26 Amazon
15 Donna Summer 05:35 Amazon
16 Donna Summer 05:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Donna Summer 04:13 Amazon
2 Donna Summer 04:15 Amazon
3 Donna Summer 04:17 Amazon
4 Donna Summer 04:40 Amazon
5 Donna Summer 04:42 Amazon
6 Donna Summer 04:39 Amazon
7 Donna Summer 04:31 Amazon
8 Donna Summer 05:21 Amazon
9 Donna Summer 06:21 Amazon
10 Donna Summer 03:58 Amazon
11 Donna Summer 03:59 Amazon
12 Donna Summer 07:56 Amazon
13 Donna Summer 04:11 Amazon
14 Donna Summer 07:46 Amazon
15 Donna Summer 04:56 Amazon
16 Donna Summer 04:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Donna Summer 05:23 Amazon
2 Donna Summer 05:01 Amazon
3 Donna Summer 04:59 Amazon
4 Donna Summer 05:16 Amazon
5 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:18 Amazon
6 Donna Summer 04:37 Amazon
7 Donna Summer 03:45 Amazon
8 Donna Summer 04:41 Amazon
9 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:09 Amazon
10 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:10 Amazon
11 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:42 Amazon
12 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:00 Amazon
13 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 04:11 Amazon
14 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 07:38 Amazon
15 Donna Summer feat: Heart Strings 06:19 Amazon
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