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Donna Summer / Encore / career-spanning 33CD deluxe box set

All Donna’s albums in one box • Remastered • Massive amount of bonus material • Large format • Hardcover book • Expensive, but limited


A new comprehensive 33CD box set, Encore, will bring together remastered versions all of Donna Summer‘s 17 studio albums and offer eight bonus discs of rarities and non-album material.

Encore starts at the beginning with Lady of the Night from 1974 and works its way through the Casablanca era to the eighties, when Donna had spells on Geffen, Mercury and Atlantic. The last album is 2008’s Crayons. Also included are 1978’s Live And More, the 1979 compilation On The Radio and Live & More Encore! from 1999.

That totals 25 CDs and a further eight discs offer a massive 109 bonus tracks (there are 329 tracks in total). These include seven-inch mixes, 12-inch mixes, non-album rarities and other one-off recordings.


Encore – 33CD box set (click image to enlarge)


All the music is remastered and the albums are presented in mini-replica CD sleeves with inner wallets (the latter is welcome). These are all housed in a large format lift-off lid box set which comes with a 40-page 12” x 12” hardcover book which features a  newly commissioned 25,000 words of sleeve notes by Christian John Wikane. The notes incorporate new interviews with many of Donna’s collaborators, including Giorgio Moroder’s production partner Pete Bellotte (Moroder himself provides a foreword).

Encore is limited to 1500 copies and will be released on 27 March via Crimson Productions (a Demon Music imprint).

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CD1: LADY OF THE NIGHT
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1 Lady Of The Night
2 Born To Die
3 Friends
4 Domino
5 The Hostage
6 Wounded
7 Little Miss Fit
8 Let’s Work Together Now
9 Sing Along (Sad Song)

CD2: LOVE TO YOU LOVE YOU BABY
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1 Love To Love You Baby
2 Full Of Emptiness
3 Need-A-Man Blues
4 Whispering Waves
5 Pandora’s Box
6 Full Of Emptiness (Reprise)

CD3: A LOVE TRILOGY
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1 Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
2 Prelude To Love
3 Could It Be Magic
4 Wasted
5 Come With Me

CD4: FOUR SEASONS OF LOVE
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1 Spring Affair
2 Summer Fever
3 Autumn Changes
4 Winter Melody
5 Spring Reprise

CD5: I REMEMBER YESTERDAY
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1 I Remember Yesterday
2 Love’s Unkind
3 Back In Love Again
4 I Remember Yesterday (Reprise)
5 Black Lady
6 Take Me
7 Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)
8 I Feel Love

CD6 & 7: ONCE UPON A TIME
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1 Once Upon A Time
2 Faster And Faster To Nowhere
3 Fairy Tale High
4 Say Something Nice
5 Now I Need You
6 Working The Midnight Shift
7 Queen For A Day

1 If You Got It Flaunt It
2 A Man Like You
3 Sweet Romance
4 (Theme) Once Upon A Time
5 Dance Into My Life
6 Rumour Has It
7 I Love You
8 Happily Ever After
9 (Theme) Once Upon A Time

CD8 & 9: LIVE AND MORE
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1 Once Upon A Time (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
2 Fairy Tale High (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
3 Faster And Faster To Nowhere (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
4 Spring Affair (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
5 Rumour Has It (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
6 I Love You (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
7 Only One Man (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
8 I Remember Yesterday (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
9 Love’s Unkind (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
10 My Man Medley: The Man I Love/I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good/Some Of These Days (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
11 The Way We Were (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
12 Mimi’s Song (Recorded live Universal Summer Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)

1 Try Me, I Know We Can Make It (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
2 Love To Love You Baby (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
3 Feel Love (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
4 Last Dance (Recorded live Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California)
5 MacArthur Park Suite: MacArthur Park/One Of A Kind/Heaven Knows (with Brooklyn Dreams)/MacArthur Park (reprise)

CD10 & 11: BAD GIRLS
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1 Hot Stuff
2 Bad Girls
3 Love Will Always Find You
4 Walk Away
5 Dim All The Lights
6 Journey To The Centre Of Your Heart
7 One Night In A Lifetime
8 Can’t Get To Sleep At Night

1 On My Honor
2 There Will Always Be A You
3 All Through The Night
4 My Baby Understands
5 Our Love
6 Lucky
7 Sunset People

CD12 & 13: ON THE RADIO
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1 On The Radio
2 Love To Love You Baby
3 Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
4 Feel Love
5 Our Love
6 I Remember Yesterday
7 I Love You
8  Heaven Knows (Donna Summer/Brooklyn Dreams)
9 Last Dance

1 MacArthur Park
2 Hot Stuff
3 Bad Girls
4 Dim All The Lights
5 Sunset People
6 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand)
7 On The Radio (Long Version)

CD14: THE WANDERER
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1 The Wanderer
2 Looking Up
3 Breakdown
4 Grand Illusion
5 Running For Cover
6 Cold Love
7 Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’
8 Nightlife
9 Stop Me
10 I Believe In Jesus

CD15: DONNA SUMMER
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1 Love Is In Control (Finger On The
Trigger)
2 Mystery Of Love
3 The Woman In Me
4 State Of Independence
5 Livin’ In America
6 Protection
7 (If It) Hurts Just A Little
8 Love Is Just A Breath Away
9 Lush Life

CD16: SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY
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1 She Works Hard For The Money
2 Stop Look And Listen
3 He’s A Rebel
4 Woman
5 Unconditional Love
6 Love Has A Mind Of Its Own
7 Tokyo
8 People, People
9 (I Do Believe) I Fell In Love

CD17: CATS WITHOUT CLAWS
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1 Supernatural Love
2 It’s Not The Way
3 There Goes My Baby
4 Suzanna
5 Cats Without Claws
6 Oh Billy, Please
7 Eyes
8 Maybe It’s Over
9 I’m Free
10 Forgive Me

CD18: ALL SYSTEMS GO
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1 All Systems Go
2 Bad Reputation
3 Love Shock
4 Jeremy
5 Only The Fool Survives (Duet with
Mickey Thomas)
6 Dinner With Gershwin
7 Fascination
8 Voices Cryin’ Out
9 Thinkin’ Bout My Baby

CD19: ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME
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1I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt
2 When Love Takes Over You
3 This Time I Know It’s For Real
4 The Only One
5 In Another Place And Time
6 Sentimental
7 Whatever Your Heart Desires
8 Breakaway
9 If It Makes You Feel Good
10 Love’s About To Change My Heart

CD20: MISTAKEN IDENTITY
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1 Get Ethnic
2 Body Talk
3 Work That Magic
4 When Love Cries
5 Heaven’s Just A Whisper Away
6 Cry Of A Waking Heart
7 Friends Unknown
8 Fred Astaire
9 Say A Little Prayer
10 Mistaken Identity
11 What Is It You Want
12 Let There Be Peace

CD21: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
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1 White Christmas
2 The Christmas Song
3 O Come All Ye Faithful
4 Christmas Is Here
5 Christmas Medley: What Child Is
This/Do You Hear What I Hear/Joy To
The World
6 I’ll Be Home For Christmas
7 Christmas Spirit
8 Breath Of Heaven
9 O Holy Night
10 Lamb Of God

CD22 & 23: I’M A RAINBOW
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1  I Believe (In You) (Donna Summer duet with Joe ‘Bean’ Esposito)
2 True Love Survives
3 You To Me
4 Sweet Emotion
5 Leave Me Alone
6 Melanie
7 Back Where You Belong
8 People Talk
9 To Turn The Stone

1 Brooklyn
2 I’m A Rainbow
3 Donna Walk On (Keep On Movin’)
4 Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
5 A Runner With The Pack
6 Highway Runner
7 Romeo
8 End Of The Week
9 I Need Time

CD24: VH1 PRESENTS LIVE & MORE ENCORE!
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1 MacArthur Park
2 This Time I Know It’s For Real
3 I Feel Love
4 On The Radio
5 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Donna Summer featuring Tina Arena)
6 Dim All The Lights
7 She Works Hard For The Money
8 Bad Girls
9 Hot Stuff
10 My Life
11 Last Dance
12 Love Is The Healer
13 I Will Go WIth You (Con Te Partiró)

CD25: CRAYONS
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1 Stamp Your Feet
2 Mr. Music
3  Crayons (Donna Summer featuring Ziggy Marley)
4 The Queen Is Back
5 Fame (The Game)
6 Sand On My Feet
7 Drivin’ Down Brazil
8 I’m A Fire
9 Slide Over Backwards
10 Science Of Love
11 Be Myself Again
12 Bring Down The Reign
13 It’s Only Love

BONUS CDs

CD26 & 27: 7″ SINGLE VERSIONS
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1 Denver Dream
2 Something’s In The Wind
3 Love To Love You Baby [Single Edit]
4 Winter Melody [Single Version]
5 I Feel Love [Edit]
6 Theme From The Deep (Down, Deep
Inside) – Album Version
7 Rumour Has It [Single Version]
8 I Love You [Single Version]
9 Once Upon A Time [7″ Single Version]
10 Heaven Knows (Donna Summer/Brooklyn Dreams)
11 MacArthur Park [Single Version]
12 Hot Stuff [Single Version]
13 Bad Girls [Single Version/Edited]
14 Dim All The Lights [7″ Single Version]
15 Walk Away [Single Version]
16 Sunset People
17 Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’ (Edit)
18 Cold Love (Edit)
19 Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (7” Version)
20 State Of Independence (7” Version)

1 She Works Hard For The Money [Edited
Single Version]
2  Unconditional Love [Edit] (Donna Summer with Musical Youth)
3 Stop, Look & Listen [7″ Single Version]
4 Love Has A Mind Of Its Own [7″ Single Version]
5 Eyes (7” Remix Edit)
6 All Systems Go (Edit)
7 Dinner With Gershwin (Edit)
8  Only The Fool Survives (Edit) (Donna Summer duet with Mickey Thomas)
9 This Time I Know It’s For Real (7″ Mix)
10 I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt (7″ Remix)
11 Love’s About To Change My Heart (PWL 7″ Mix)
12 Breakaway (Power Radio Mix)
13 When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford 7″)
14 State Of Independence [New Bass Mix Edit]
15 Breakaway (Remix Edit)
16 When Love Cries (Single Version Remix)
17 Stamp Your Feet (Jason Nevins Radio Mix)
18 Fame (The Game) (Dave Audé Radio)
19 I Feel Love [Almighty Radio Edit]

CD28 & 29: 12″ SINGLE VERSIONS
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1 Love To Love You Baby (Come Dancing Version)
2 Could It Be Magic [12″ Single Version]
3 I Feel Love [Special Disco Version]
4 Theme From The Deep (Down, Deep Inside) [12″ Disco Version]
5 Hot Stuff [12″ Version]
6 Dim All The Lights [12″ Version]
7 On The Radio [Long Version]
8 Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Dance Remix)
9 She Works Hard For The Money [12″ Single Remix)
10 Eyes (Extended Mix)
11 I’m Free (Extended Mix)

1 All Systems Go (Extended Remix)
2 Dinner With Gershwin (Extended Version)
3 This Time I Know It’s For Real (Extended Remix)
4 I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt (Phil Harding 12″ Version)
5 Love’s About To Change My Heart (Extended Remix)
6 When Love Takes Over You (Pete Hammond Original 12” Mix)
7 Work That Magic (ISA Extended Remix)
8 I’m A Fire (Craig C’s Burning Club Mix)
9 Stamp Your Feet (Jason Nevins Extended Mix)
10 Fame (The Game) (Dave Audé Club)

CD30 & 31: REMIXES
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1 I Feel Love [Patrick Cowley Mega Mix]
2 Love’s About To Change My Heart [Clivillés & Cole 12” Mix]
3 I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt [Pete Hammond Original 12″ Version]
4 When Love Takes Over You [Dave Ford Extended Remix]
5 Breakaway [Extended Power Mix]
6 State Of Independence [12″ Millennium Mix with Martin Luther King]
7 Breakaway [Remix – Full Version]
8 Work That Magic [ISA Full Length Remix]
9 I Feel Love (Masters At Work 86th Street Mix)

1 I Feel Love (Rollo/Sister Bliss Monster Mix)
2 State Of Independence [Creation Mix – Edit]
3 Love Is The Healer (Eric Kupper’s I Feel Healed 7” Mix)
4 I Feel Love (Qattara 2004 Remix)
5 Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost! Remix)
6 MacArthur Park (Laidback Luke Remix)
7 Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper As Director’s Cut Signature Mix)
8 Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)
9 Dim All The Lights (Duke Dumont Remix)
10 Love To Love You Baby (Giorgio Moroder Feat. Chris Cox Remix)
11 I Feel Love (Almighty Mix)
12 Sunset People (Hot Chip Dub Edit)

CD32 & 33: NON-STUDIO ALBUM SINGLES & EXTENDED MIXES -
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1 Wasserman (Aquarius) – [from “Haare” 1968 German Cast Version]
2 Oh, Segne Gott Mein’ Seel/Bless The Lord (from German Cast Recording of ‘Godspell’)
3 Virgin Mary
4 Theme From “The Deep” (Down, Deep Inside) (A Love Song)
5 With Your Love
6 Sometimes Like Butterflies
7 Face The Music
8 Tearin’ Down The Walls
9 La Vie En Rose [Album Version]
10 Any Way At All
11 Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved) (West End 7” Radio Mix)
12  Does He Love You? (Liza Minnelli and Donna Summer)
13 Whenever There Is Love (from “Daylight”) (Soundtrack Version) (Bruce Roberts and Donna Summer)
14 I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiró)
15 You’re So Beautiful (Tony Moran Radio Edit)
16 I Got Your Love (Radio Edit)
17 To Paris With Love (Mendy Radio Edit)
18  La Dolce Vita (Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder)

1 Je T’Aime (Moi Non Plus)
2  Something’s Missing (In My Life) (Paul Jabara feat Special Guest Donna Summer)
3 With Your Love
4 Last Dance
5 Carry On (Outta Control Extended) (Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder)
6 That’s The Way (Almighty Radio Edit)
7 Dream-A-Lot’s Theme (I Will Live For Love) (Moroder/Cox 12″ Extended Remix)
8 Power Of Love (Hani’s Mixshow Edit)
9 Last Dance (Masters At Work Remix-Short Version)
10 My Life [Junior Vasquez Private Collection Mix-Long Edit]

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Griffin

@PJB (April 5, 2020 at 18:43)
I’m not sure where you exactly were refering to. I tried to find it (the pink pages). If that’s the case mine didn’t jump from ‘Heaven Knows’ to ‘State of Independence’.
@Jose (April 6, 2020 at 15:51)
Yeah, on the front pages, the album covers & tracklistings. Once Upon A Time, CD2, Act Four track 9 Happily Ever After INSTEAD OF (Theme) Once Upon A Time. And all the albums were full with track durations, composers, authors, licensing etc. Not just Lady Of The Night.
@Hans-Jürgen (April 19, 2020 at 10:11)
With the hard bookcover (front & back) + 22 pages = 24 pages.
@PJB (April 19, 2020 at 19:36)
Perhaps you can find the page (pictures) online. So you can finish your reading. Or if Paul would be so kind to post “your missing” page here.

Are there any more issues I need to know & to check (so I’ll know my copy is fine)? I don’t have time to all CD’s at the moment. If there is a replacement programme I hope Paul you will keep us posted.

I pre-ordered mine with Grooves-Inc or Grooves.land on 25-03-2020 as most sites were more expensive with their price was €178,09 (+€8,95 for using PayPal) = €187,04 still very good deal. And it was already in stock (green light). 17-04-2020 writing them as there was still no dispatch notice. They replied that there had been an error. But it was sold out. I pre-ordered it & it was stated in-stock (green light). Okay, it could happen. They promised me re-ordering from supplier(s). 08-05-2020 once again no updates/dispatch notice. They replied that it is still unavailable. They placed orders with more distributors. 16-05-2020 I checked their site, this time item is green lighted again (4-8 workdays in stock). I emailed them directly. Same story currently not available. Backorders. But none of the distributors can supply them (while on the site the item price was over €230 & green lighted). 28-05-2020 I checked jpc.de they still had 1 left. I emailed grooves asked them to buy from jpc.de to honour my pre-order. They ignored me. I then open dispute with PayPal. I was just afraid they kept me on a line & no chance they are going to honour my €178 order while the selling pricd is more than €258 at this moment. Still with PayPal involved they still sold me the same story, no updates, not telling me where the suppliers were from (UK, FR, DE, etc). So I’ll know when perhaps lockdowns will be over. Finally I saw & bought it from Amazon.fr for €199,46 (incl. €5 shipping) on 10-06-2020. Received it on 12-06-2020. Then PayPal refund completed in a few days from Grooves.land. Never again with this dishonest seller. But many times in the past, no problem. Big amount/value order I will choose for the more trusted sellers.

Jbird

After waiting decades for the 12” version of “She Works Hard For The Money” to FINALLY be released on CD, I was extremely disappointed to hear the version on the set is the edited mix without the Horns in the instrumental break. The complete mix runs 6:15 and the version on this set (from what I’ve seen on Discogs) runs 6:01.

PJB

Has anybody else noticed a couple of missing pages in the middle of the book? It jumps from ‘Heaven Knows’ to ‘State of Independence’. I was enjoying the read up to that point!

Jose

No I am fine with that but in Once Upon a time page
There is a big couack track 8 cd 2 Happily Ever After
Track 9 Happilly Ever After where is the Ince Upon A time And also at the moment the only cd fully detailed with title and running time is Lady Of W The weight

PJB

Thanks Jose. Might be just my book then :(
My Once Upon a Time & Lady of the Night CD track listings were the same as yours though.

Hans-Jürgen (Donna Fan since 1968)

Hello Jose, you are right, there are two times written Happilly ever after. Also they forgot to write that Donna was singing in two other Musicals in Germany 1972. Both Musical was also recorded by Global Records and came out as a Gatefold Cover Album.
The German Version is called: Ich bin ich and the English Version is called: They me nobody knows. There is another Album Missing before Lady of the Night. Its called Summernight – Donna Summer-Veith Marvos-RedPoint Orchestra and Friend. This Album was recorded in Munich with Veith Marvos and his Red Point Orchestra 1972 til 1973/74. Released 1984 as a Record – Unreleased Munich Sound Collectors by Boom Records Germany, In 1972 and 1973 Donna Summer was singing as a Background Singer for Veith Marvos Albums and other Bands in Munich before she startet her career with Pete and Giorgio together.

Uwe Wandel

You know that there never was an album before ‘Lady Of The Night’.

See Discogs: Collection of Donna Summer early material. Summer’s vocals were recorded in the early ’70s, pre-Love To Love You fame, for several releases of Veit Marvos and his orchestra. When Summer became famous, Marvos remixed, re-recorded and reissued these tracks with Donna’s voice more audiable in the foreground. It was released without her consent. The first editions of this album were still issued as “Veit Marvos, Donna Summer And Friends” (ca. 1984). Countless subsequent releases just noted Donna Summer as the artist.

Hans-Jürgen (Donna Fan since 1968)

Hello PJB,

how many pages have your book from Donna? I got includung the hardcover 24 (48) pages.

PJB

Hello Hans-Jurgen (with apologies for the missing umlaut),

I’ve just had a count of the pages and, including the hardcover, there are only 22. Looks like I drew the short straw. Never mind. There are far worse things going on at the moment, plus, I doubt I could get a replacement for the book alone. Other than that I am very happy with the box set.

Kiefer2

B#%ch and you shall receive! Just marked as dispatched from Amazon Uk!

cdmaniac

Mine has finally been dispatched today too.

Kiefer2

Has anyone in America gotten the box from Amazon Uk? I saw mycharge card was alerted last week, got my hopes up andthat was the end. Still says dispatching soon.

Eric Henwood-Greer

I’m in Western Canada and had it on pre-order from Amazon.co.uk (since January, so maybe I was early in any sort of cue?) they dispatched it last Saturday and then it arrived this Wedneday. With a 20 dollar duty fee I was not expecting, but at this point I really didn’t mind. So, if it’s any consolation, you should get it quickly once it is sent out.

kiefer2

Thanks-I ordered mine in January as well. I’ve kinda given up hope they will actually ship.

cdmaniac

Still waiting here. There was a hold put on my card & then it fell off. On Amazon UK it still says it will be delivered between the 6th & 11th

philce3k

I am a professional graphic artist (and a semi-professional composer/producer/musician).
Initial thoughts on the set…..

Aesthetically speaking the box is GORGEOUS. The book and CD replica sleeves are also top notch. Only criticism is my eyes are not what they used to be and I would have appreciated a few more pages in the book so as to get the type bigger! :-D Would also liked to have seen a selection of photos of the divine Donna.

I have quickly tested a random selection of tracks purely on my blu ray player put through my new TV. They sound gorgeous with fantastic separation and great mix levels and great bass/mid/high levels. I usually test on headphones so this was a revelation.

It’s expensive but you when you get the set you can appreciate why to a degree.

Can’t wait to really get into this set. I am loving it.

philce3k

From wikipedia:
MacArthur Park: “The versions of this medley in Live and More and in the 12-inch recording are notably different in the presentation of the two original songs. In the 12-inch version, Heaven Knows” was extended to incorporate the instrumental string introduction and the bridge horn solo of the single version for radio stations, but left out the second verse and “One of a Kind” was trimmed of a large part of the instrumental break but included the second verse.”

Are these versions of Heaven Knows and One of a Kind in the box set? If not, are they available anywhere else?

cheers!

Eric Henwood-Greer

This box set restores the original MacArthur Park Suite to Live and More–the one that has less of Heaven Knows. This is a big deal to some of us obsessive fans–it was released on the CD Dance Collection back in the 80s, but ever since then they’ve used the later 12″ promo mix which, as you quote from Wiki, incorporates more of Heaven Knows (presumably because it was a hit on its own). The 7″ single version of Heaven Knows is included in the box set. I don’t think a single version of One of a Kind outside of the context of the Park Suite has *ever* been released–I’ve certainly never have come across one (and frankly, unlike Heaven Knows, it always sounded more like a decent “segue” song but not one to stand on its own). The promo 12″ of MacArthur Park Suite isn’t here, but should still be easy to find. It was on the 2 disc Deluxe Bad Girls, for example, which features a number of things not included here like a Bad Girls demo and the excellent 12″ of Walk Away which is one of her few 12″ with added vocals and that is not simply looped. Unfortunately, on Bad Girls Deluxe they messed up and included Walk Away 12″ in *mono*. It is also in stereo on the old Dance Collection disc but I admit the fact that it’s not on this set, when the other Bad Girls extended versions are, and the fact it’s my fave of the 12″ mixes from that album, is baffling to me and one disappointment I do have for this set.

Michael Harper

The 12″ version of MacArthur Park that you mention is available on the album The Dance Collection on AMAZON Prime as an Ultra High Def digital streaming, and on the The Bad Girls Deluxe Edition CD – disc

I don’t own the box set yet to verify if this version is on it.

Larry Davis

Hack job edits, Bob?? Dunno, I have the 3CD Ultimate Collection, and nothing was glaring…I did compare the tracklisting of Ultimate with this boxset, to see if everything was included (so I could sell it)…nope…the Paul Jabara duets are not included, nor is “Love On & On”, the B-side on the CD maxi of “Con Te Partiro”…I guess that song might be from the unreleased Epic/Sony album sessions…I’ll hang onto both…looks like this box covers between 80 & 90 percent of her catalogue…missing stuff I can get from downloading or from fellow fans’ compilations…oh and I did meet her once when she did an in-store appearance in 1999 for the VH1 Live & More Encore disc…she was quite nice & cool…

ray

I am in the UK and my just arrived !
it’s Lush !

Bob

I know the edits of Sunset People and Winter Melody are not the originals. The ones made for the ultimate collection were poorly executed. Take another listen. I’m still waiting for my set to arrive, but someone else has stated that the “come dancing” version of Love to love you baby is also an attempt to create the original but with mistakes. So far, no one I know that has it, has opined about the sound quality. I’m hopeful. Everyone is universally pleased with the look and quality, so I’m defo chuffed. I’ll be going through the entire thing next weekend with a fine tooth comb. P.s The reason something like bad editing irritates me is that Donna has some very talented fans and collectors. Securing the proper edits of singles would have been easy, if only someone on her team had asked.

Eric Henwood-Greer

This does include the ballad duet with Paul Jabara, Something’s Missing, which actually was only released as a Jabara solo on his album (apparently Neil Bogart at Casablanca thought at the time that having Donna sing a song in her full voice, which she hadn’t used much in recordings yet, would confuse listeners, or so I’ve heard). It previously showed up on Jabara’s “Hits and Misses” CD. But it is frustrating that the two, fun, disco duets aren’t here. I also thought Love On and On would be included. There’s a strange story there too–it wasn’t done for the Sony “Angel” album (as fans call it) but was originally done for the soundtrack to the movie 54. Someone, I’ve heard Donna herself, dropped it from the soundtrack (because she didn’t like the production, she didn’t like the movie, who knows, and I’ve heard different things). That version has leaked and the production isn’t great. Hex Hector then remixed it, presumably when he was producing Con te Partiro, and I like it a lot so was hoping he would be included (the Partiro max was released in the US in two parts–*lots* of mixes–and one disc had Love On and On as a 7″ single and another in a full 12″ mix).

There are a few other ones offs I thought we’d easily get–The Power of One from Pokemon either as a ballad or mixed (not to be confused with Power of Love which is here), her dance version of the Disney song Someday which had a lot of great clubbier remixes, etc. Still, there are a few things here that I’m impressed they included.

Eric Henwood-Greer

The Ultimate Edition used the original Melody of Love but said it was the West End Radio Mix. So does this version–do they use the original? (Personally I would be fine with that, or else the Morales mix–called The Boxx Mix I think).

The two disco duets with Paul Jabara are *terribly* edited on the Ultimate edition–in particular they remove my favourite part of Shut Out.

Sterling

Also received notice that my set is also being sent to US. Glad Amazon UK are honoring pre-orders.
Anyone looking for set in US, I’ve noticed importcds.com have listed price at $167.99.
Hope this info is useful for others.

Jonathan Riley

but importcds has a $7.99 shipping fee due to the weight of the item and then sales tax
for me ordering to California was going to be $189.62.
Still cheaper then some, but more then the amazon.uk order by a lot

Sterling

Only posted info for importcds.com price due to Amazon UK will no longer ship this box set to US. By far cheaper than ordering from Amazon US, almost $90 cheaper.

I’m just happy that we are getting our set, seems like we will have plenty of time to enjoy it.

Stay safe.

Jonathan Riley

mine just shipped to the USA from amazon.co.uk
Used the 2nd shipping method. It’s coming ups and should get to me on the 2nd of april
very very very happy
now if i can just get the tears for fears sets that I ordered from SDE, to clear customs in chicago all will be good

Bob

My card was charged this morning for delivery in Canada.
I was in contact with someone who knows someone who already received their box set. There are a couple of disappointments, including the hack job edits from “ultimate collection” being used again. There are some other notable unfortunate decisions, but I’ll let you discover them for yourselves. In one bright spot.. The State of independence version with martin luther king is actually extended out to 6 minutes. Also, the junior vasquez mix of my life is not the one leaked to the internet, and has a running time of just over 6 minutes, with some different instrumentation.

Larry Davis

Uh oh, just saw the whole no shipping to US warning, but my arrival date hadn’t changed…so I checked here now for updates about it and I am relieved that it will arrive no problem…I just feel bad for those who cancelled their order pre-Corona and decided to reorder at the last minute and are now shut out…I did receive my MPeople, Sister Sledge & Ash sets no problem…my TFF Songs From The Big Chair box was dispatched on the 19th…music is making my isolation more bearable, that and my current project of copying my VHS tapes to DVD… copyright restrictions are somewhat of a roadblock though…hope you are safe & hanging in there Paul with your family…and all fellow SDE readers…

Jonathan Riley

i just got the pending amount in my bank account for the donna summer set for shipping to the USA =)

Jonathan Riley

i just spoke with amazon.co.uk chat about the set. keep in mind I used the 2nd most expensive shipping just to play it safe. They told me “your order will be shipped out priority and get there on the estimated date to Cali
so its looking good that amazon.uk will really be shipping this to the USA if you preordered it

Kiefer2

Jusr got notice that my charge card was charged by Amazon Uk. So they are def. honoring the preorders to the US.

music collector

Wow, alot of CDs!
I’d probably buy it, if the price gets down to around $2/CD.

D.Harris

Can’t wait! After a long and challenging winter, we all could use a little Summer right now. Especially the entire season!!!

Marcel Rijs

If that Donna Summer set arrives on my doorstep this whole self-isolation thing will be no problem at all…

Sterling

Sinclair, just noticed that Amazon UK now states that Donna Summer Encore will not ship to United States on description page. If I placed my order back in January and my order has not been canceled yet, do you think I will still receive my box set? Just wondering what your thoughts were before I try to source another vendor.

Thanks for all you do. Hope you and the family are well.

David McCallum

I’m in a similar situation, Sterling, but my Amazon status on the order says it’s due to arrive at my home on April 11. Fingers crossed! (Though I’m running out of fingers and toes these days.)

Bob

To those concerned about their expensive Donna box sets. I chatted with support this morning. If you live outside the U.K and pre-ordered your box set before the covid 19 outbreak, amazon.uk will still be honouring your purchase. They also indicated that the boxsets are still set to start rolling out on time. That said, with the constantly changing landscape of the pandemic, that may change by Friday. Here’s hoping it doesn’t. I’m sure everyone out there could use a little joy right about now.

Kauwgompie

Thank you Bob. I wonder what shipping to the USA has to do w. Covid19. Earlier Amazon said they would ship non-essential items later. That, I understand. But if you ship the box to people in the UK or in the USA, what does it matter?

Philippe

is Could It Be Magic [12″ Single Version] different than Prelude to Love + Could it be Magic on Donna’s Love Trilogy ?

Casper Janssen

No it’s exactly the same

Paolo

What’s the timing of Could It Be Magic 12″ version on CD 28? Thanks. Paolo

Domenico

I also ordered this box set. And I’m looking forward to opening such a treasure. I live in Italy but ordered via amazon.uk (Amazon.it price was far more expensive). Donna surely deserved a career spanning remastered set. Thanks Paul.

Bob

To anyone in the states who are interested. popmarket are offering the set for $215.00, free shipping until 12 midnight. Gogogogo.

Sterling

With VAT removed, price from Amazon UK works out cheaper. My total cost was $185.
Also worth noting, if first time ordering from Popmarket, make sure you sign up for their email first, they usually send a 10% off voucher code.

Dave McG

I’ve got this on pre-order.

A hard-core Donna fan who was lucky enough to meet her on a UK breakfast TV show in 2004 when The Journey came out.

The box set looks great, and will never please everyone. I have all the non-album tracks that AREN’T in the box set, although I would loved to have seen them here…….Sally Go Round The Roses/So Said The Man/If You’re Walking Alone/Can’t Understand/Black Power/How I Feel/ Hand In Hand/Adonai/Begin Again and about 20 other non-album tracks rather than loads of edits and remixes.

I have the 2012 Japanese SHM which are MASTERPIECES! Attention to detail is breath-taking.

I may be selling my Japanese 2012 SHM reissues of Donna’s 70s classics.

Roll on the end of March!

DJRMewzique

The biggest reason I am buying this is because of the amount of remixes that are I clouded…that was what tipped the scales for me to spent a fortune on this box set!

Eric Henwood-Greer

I can’t help thinking that stuff like Adonai, from the fabled 2001 Sony album (some have called it Angel) will all end up on their own release eventually as a lost album. There’s too much stuff there for it not to.

Am I the only one disappointed by the lack of including the 12″ of Walk Away? An underrated track and also one of her few disco era 12″ versions to actually not simply be looped but to have added vocals (the vocal bridge “This time I’ll get over you…” etc). To add insult to injury, it was on the Deluxe 2 disc Bad Girls but they accidentally included it in… mono.

Michael

Ordered. It seems Demon are just using Amazon UK for orders now. I’m in Australia so used a shipping service. Not too bad 12 pounds. Could this have been done better? Yes.

Having the cd’s on 1 cd would have been better. Plus a cd each of the Casablanca 7″ & 12″ mixes.
Then 2 cd’s each of of the 7″ & 12″s from the Geffen etc years. And include the non single songs in those.

It’s missing some of my favourites which it should not for the price point.

Try Me, I Know We Can Make It 4.46 which was on Anthology.
MacArthur Park 8.27 album version without the suite which has not been on cd. Was on vinyl.
No More Tears 7″ or the Wet album version.
And the Supernatural Love 12″ which is great.

Thank you Paul.

Ian D

I would’ve liked to have seen Stop, Look & Listen (12″ version) & Unconditional Love (12′ version). To best of my knowledge these are available on CD.

Christopher Moore

The 12″ of “Stop, Look and Listen” was simply the album version on a single.

Andrew

There’s two different versions of Supernatural Love.
I have the UK & US 12” and they both start differently.
One rolls into a beat with the LOVE…ove ove ove repeat over the top.
And the other….starts with vocals alone.
I forget which is which but to add to the confusion they are both the same length !

David

Junior Vasquez if your listening in Thank You ever so much for letting them include your mix of ‘My Life’ it’s been a long time coming I can’t wait to finally hear it.

Nal

This release is bittersweet because we’re finally getting the Casablanca albums remastered, but so much space is wasted by putting the double albums on two cds when they could easily fit onto one each. Though I HATE cardboard cd packaging (regardless if they’re mini replicas of the original albums) , I’m totally game for gatefold design but the 2 cd thing for one album is annoying and a total waste. The gatefold packaging is enough symbolism of Donna’s double albums. And seeing how SWHFTM is debuting in this new series, more of an effort should’ve been made to include all the bonuses. Most of them are except the crucial “Unconditional Love” extended mix. This was the finally chance to finally include “The Woman In Me” 7″ without spoken intro and they blew it. I know there are licensing issues, but doesn’t Driven BTM own TWIM?. And all those rehashed APAT and Crayons remixes are just too much. Why is “The Power of Love” here instead of the Donna original “The Power of ONE”? And those Love to Love You Donna tracks (Midnight Shift) don’t belong here. I hate to say it, but I think alot of this was Bruce Sudano’s idea, he supported Midnight Shift remix before, no one from Crimson would select that track. Gripes aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy this set (mostly for LOTN and the Casablanca stuff plus Christmas Spirit and the VH-1 album all remasted. But again, because of some selected material and poor packaging (splitting the albums into 2 cds, it makes it very bittersweet. But it’s Donna, who is absolutely worth it.

Nal

Aside from my suggestions in another post, I’m very excited about this release. The news of this box set seem to come out of nowhere and I can’t wait to own it, regardless of earlier criticisms.

D.Harris

I agree with you regarding “The Woman in Me” (7″ single version) not being included in this pkg. I have raised this up numerous times before. Most recently, when “The Ultimate Collection” and “Donna Summer” were reissued. In fact, I’ve actually gotten into arguments with fans saying there is no such version or there is no difference. But as you’ve mentioned, the 7″ version does not include the spoken intro (so radio personalities could talk over the opening) and makes this much more than just an edit.

That said, my guess is that they just cannot locate it. I can’t think of any other reason the label would continue to ignore including this.

John

The Woman In Me 7 inch version is on youtube , as is everything else in this collection. And the one unreleased not so great track will be on youtube too. The better sounding SHM Japanese remasterings are on youtube also, so there is no use for this boxset, which sadly, doesnt include any unreleased material and also omits plenty of rare tracks.

Bob

I felt the same way at first. But if you consider that they’ve also recreated the inner sleeves as well, the weight of the discs would be helpful to push the sleeves in and out of the narrow jackets. I know I’m not gonna be able to read those tiny liner notes and lyrics, but it’s a nice touch none the less. I’m stoked about seeing those miniaturized Casablanca albums. Here’s to a big ole trip down nostalgia street.
Also, for those who keep harping on about how great the Japanese remasters look. Take a peek at the how the jackets were done. The photo’s don’t quite meet up with the four corners of the back of the album covers. Bad girls and On the radio were done well, but the rest are kinda… meh. I would love to sell mine, complete with the Bad Girls case.. Let me know if anyone wants them.

Luke

Good news for Australian and New Zealand fans, it’s now listed for pre-order at deepdiscount.com for the same price as UK amazon. Bye-bye amazon…I am never ordering another thing from you again.

plumbat

Thanks. I’ve been revisiting this page in the hope that someone would find a way of getting this box set in Australia. Deepdiscount.com now bookmarked!

Walter

It looks like a great set to own but I’m not sure whether I’ll buy it though.

Others have already mentioned their concerns and many of them I agree with. Maybe Crimson/Demon will listen to SDE readers just like they did with “The Ultimate Collection” in 2016 and make this box more interesting for the “I want it all & in the best quality” fans :)

I’m mostly interested in getting the songs in the best quality and that’s not what I’ve been hearing in Crimson/Demon CD’s like “The Ultimate Collection” or the 2014 re-releases. Mostly their remastering made the songs just sound loud -not better per se- and though DR numbers (http://dr.loudness-war.info/) aren’t the holy grail they give a certain indication of the sound (the lower the DR numbers the more “just loud” the music seems).

Speaking of sound… there’s no mention of “remastered from original master tapes” nor the name of the person who did the remastering.
So does this mean just some 20+ year old person, already half deaf because of listening to loud mp3 files on his mobile phone for hours and not familiar with the sound of the original releases (the Casablanca ones sound great), fiddles with the buttons to make the songs all sound loud instead of making them sound musical (for lack of a better word/expression)? ;-)

I also wonder if they’ll use any vinyl rips and if they do if that info will be available in the book, assuming there will be a proper credits section in there.

It’s strange that news of this box set isn’t mentioned on the official website donnasummer.com yet it is on a some of their social media outlets. Probably because it’s a “some territories only” release.

Bob

Here, here! A post that I can completely get behind. I can overlook the lack of one off recordings that we all wanted but aren’t gonna get. I can forgive the seemingly endless repeats of the same Another place and time Mixes, which will now be making their 3rd appearance on cd in less than 6 years. But the sound quality has got to be there!
I’m glad you mentioned the Ultimate Collection, which I despise. Although it was lovely to get a few new things on cd, the overly compressed sound, coupled with the strangely cobbled together track list made it virtually impossible to listen to. Then there were the errors…..The false starts on the wanderer and when love cries were just flat out embarrassing. But nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for the hack job edits they came up with for winter melody and sunset people. Who are these people? Is it some old couple living in a London flat, pumping this stuff out? Where is the quality control. Who’s checking for errors before it goes to print? I don’t know, but given the myriad of problems I’ve read online regarding crimson releases, I’m nervous. However, the great thing about ordering from amazon is… They accept returns. And that’s precisely what’s gonna happen if this $315.00 Canadian set is less than stellar. In the spirit of generosity, I will post a detailed review of the box set in early April. Hopefully, it will help when deciding to buy or avoid. P.s Glad to see I’m not the only one that uses the dynamic range database!

nal

Crimson: Please consider these revisions to this set.
CD 27 (7″ singles) SWAP OUT State of Independence (new bass 7), Breakaway (remix edit), Stamp Your Feet (jason nevins 7), Fame (dave aude 7) and I Feel Love (almighty 7) FOR: The Woman In Me (7 edit without spoken intro), Supernatural Love (7 remix), Breakaway (power radio edit), Melody of Love (classic club edit) and To Paris With Love (album version edit).
CD 27 (12″ singles) SWAP OUT Work That Magic (isa extended), I’m A Fire (craig c mix), Stamp Your Feet (jason nevins) and Fame (dave aude club) FOR: She Works Hard For The Money (hot tracks dub mix), Unconditional Love (extended club), Supernatural Love (7 remix) and Work That Magic (us album version)
CD 30 (Remixes) SWAP OUT State of Independence (millenium) FOR: State of Independence (murk club mix)
CD 31 (Remixes) SWAP OUT State of Independence (creation mix), Working The Midnight Shift (holyghost), Dim All The Lights (duke dumont) and Sunset People (hot chip dub edit) FOR: Stamp Your Feet (discotech remix), Macarthur Park (rosabel club remix), The Power of ONE (tommy musto vocal club) and Sunset People (hot chip re-edit).
CD 32 (Non studio, Album & Extended) SWAP OUT Melody of Love (west end 7), To Paris With Love (mendy radio), La Dolce Vita FOR: Melody of Love (album version), To Paris With Love (album version) and Carry On (album version).
CD 33 (Non Studio, Album & Extended) SWAP OUT Carry On (outta control extended), The Power of Love (hani mixshow) FOR: Carry On (hysteria 7 or 12), and The Power of ONE (album version).
Thanks for the consideration.

RJAD

To upgrade this boxset from ‘good’ to ‘simply great’, the Crimson/Driven by the music’ offices should take serious notice of the revisions suggested by Nal. Just consider: what on earth is the justification of including “Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost! Remix)” which isn’t even vocally performed by Donna herself !!

Ant

Great suggestions, just a few small things I noticed:

Disc 27:

You suggest removing Breakaway (Remix Edit) and replacing it with Breakaway (Power Radio Mix), but actually the Power Radio Mix is already featured on the same disc, it’s track 12. The inclusion of both those mixes in the tracklist as it is now is very hard to understand, especially as none of the other single songs feature twice (not ccounting the couple of remix singles which were released decades after the original versions). Both the Remix Edit and Power Radio Mix were also featured on the Geffen box version of Another Place And Time AND the 30th Anniversary Edition from last year, plus Power Radio Mix was included even on the 3-CD Ultimate Collection from 2016, so it’s not exactly like we need both of them again. Especially when there are so many other single versions missing.

I mean I don’t necessarily need the 7” version of No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) myself, as I have it on multiple collections, but to have two single versions of something like Breakaway and ignore No More Tears altogether on a disc of hit single edits? Excuse me? Someone please explain their thinking!

CD 29 (12” Mixes):

You suggested bringing in Supernatural Love (7” Remix), which you already suggested for the singles disc. Just a typo, you meant a 12” Remix? (I can’t recall now for certain if there was one, but I think so yes.)

CD 30 (Remixes):

The peculiar obsession to include multiple Breakaway mixes we already have on previous deluxe editions strikes again! This time it’s the full length mixes of the previously mentioned Remix Edit and Power Radio Mix, what else… Almost back to back as tracks 5 and 7. So one of these should definitely be replaced with some missing remix.

Breakaway was a good song but hardly a monster hit, I truly don’t understand why it’s been included so many times on this release!

BillyD

This just popped up on Amazon US for $279! Plus another $21 in tax. The price may drop some, but not enough to equal + there is that pesky tax issue.
My copy from Amazon UK only cost me $190! All inclusive.

Sander

I wonder how fast it will sell out because it is only limited till 1500 boxes.

Quante

Does anyone know if the Donna Summer budget Universal Japanese reissues from 2018 have the same 24 bit mastering used for the Japanese 2012 shm cd’s?

Bob

I don’t know as I refused to buy them, and I was a huge Donna collector. If you can, wait out the release of the box set and see how good the mastering is. I know its expensive, but I say this without malice. The Japanese remasters were absolutely horrible. I have them all and I removed them from my Itunes library. I’ve said this in another post, somewhere in this thread but…. There is a website devoted to detailing information on dynamic range or lack thereof. It is a problem that started in the mid 90’s and still plagues music to this day. I urge everyone to check it out. It’s a simple format, you type in the artist’s name and whatever albums or singles that have been logged will appear and give you clear indications of the releases quality. Green numbers are good, yellow are meh, and red are crap. Donna’s Japanese remasters fail miserably. Even the 2014 Geffen and Atlantic remasters didn’t score very well. Check it out for yourself. http://dr.loudness-war.info/ It’s annoying since all of her original releases with the exception of crayons were mastered with such care. Sound quality was always a priority, thanks to the incredible standards in place from her producers and engineers. I mean, we’re talking about music here. It should sound as good as it can.

Quante

Thanks Bob.

AdamW

I have not listened to any of the remasters referred to here, but I can tell you that judging only by the numbers produced on the Loudness War website is folly. Your ears have to be the judge. I’ve heard perfectly good remasters of music I’m very familiar with come in at 7 or 8 on this site, and while dynamic range IS important, it is not the only aspect of a recording that should be used to judge its quality. The original mastering engineer’s choices might sound less good to you than the remastering engineer’s tweaks. Alternatively, they might sound neither better or worse, just different, which is fine – it’s another way to experience the music.

We all have different ears and brains, and sometimes things hit us differently than other people. You have to judge for yourself.

Edward Andrews

Totally agree Adam with everything you said…the Loudness War website is rubbish..I let my ears be the judge and the Japanese 2012 CD’s sounded amazing

Jeffrey M Back

YES! I ordered them thru CD JAPAN for $8.88 each! Sound identical to my SHM Live & More!

Michel

This looks great, but I don’t think the Casablanca albums can be topped by the Japanese 2012 SHM CD’s. The Japanese take extreme care in recreating the original album sleeves to make them look fantastic. There’s a luxurious feeling about Japanese mini-LP’s that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Also, the 2012 SHM CD’s have excellent 24-bit mastering and sound great, at least to my ears.

I’m mostly into Donna’s Casablanca output and I don’t have any of her studio albums that were released from the eighties onwards, except for ‘Donna Summer’ (1982) which I think was a fine album. Although this box set might be a bit too comprehensive for me, I couldn’t resist pre-ordering it.

By the way, I noticed a mistake on the sticker on the box. It says 1980’s ‘On The Radio’ is included. But this album was released in 1979.

Edward Andrews

I Totally agree you with everything you said…Japanese labels are meticulous and create fantastic CD’s..I let my ears be the judge and the Japanese 2012 CD’s sounded amazing and the were amazing replicas of the original records

ian graham

will there be a unboxed video for donna summer encore box set

Bob

I would agree that everyone needs to be their own judge. But that’s how I found that website. I was growing increasingly irritated by what I perceived was louder but somehow more muddled sounding music. It may be that I grew up in a time where people used vinyl on good turntables, with good sound systems and big ass speakers. Music was able to breathe more and you could hear the mids as well as the lows and highs. When the reissue craze first started, I was excited and ready to spend. But alas, I found that I wasn’t knocked out by what I was hearing. I then spent a small fortune on pairs of studio quality headphones. I then deleted my Itunes library and ripped every single cd at Aiff quality. Better but still no joy. I even had my hearing checked. In short.. it took me way too long to understand that music is no longer produced for sound systems, its now made for headphones. People listen to music differently now and that’s ok. But I want it to sound as it was originally intended. Not louder without substance. But crisp, clean so that the listener can hear everything, not just the base. 24 bit remastering means nothing if the mids have been lost in a sea of compression. It’s for this reason that I’ve kept most of my cd’s purchased prior to 1995. If I played two identical tracks, one from 1992 and the same track mastered in say 2015, I guarantee that I would be able to tell the difference in seconds. That website was founded and is run by someone that shares the same fondness for music. It’s nice having tools at my disposal that help to maintain standards. It’s music, it should sound good! Not just loud.

Eric Henwood-Greer

I’m both excited for this box set (Donna Summer is my favourite pop artist) and feel a bit like a sucker with all of the stuff that I already have (and will hold on to–a ton of singles, the albums, the box set of post 1980 stuff–though I never did get the singles box).

I agree with much of what has been said. I really wish we would be getting something from the almost mythical 2000-2001 “Angel” album with Sony where she worked with the then red hot Metro, Linda Perry and Tony Moran (who of course we’ve had some of his stuff with her released). She used to stream some excerpts on her website and I had assumed she kept the rights to the recordings– Maybe they are holding off on it for yet another release.

Sad to see a few other things not get an officially release–stuff like We’re Gonna Win, etc. Also, surprised as others have said that with all the excellent remixes of I Will Go With You, so little is included (but I have those singles–including the promo Love is the Healer single and of course I Will Go With You included as a B-Side the Hex Hector remix of Love On and On which was written for 54 but not used.)

One of the strangest omissions for me, though, and one that oddly I haven’t seen others bring up, is perhaps my favourite of the 12″ mixes from her disco era–Walk Away. Unlike the other singles from Bad Girls, this wasn’t merely a looped mix, but had new vocals with the added bridge (“This time I’ll get over you” etc) which for me makes the song. We have had it on two previous CD releases, but on The Dance Collection it remains unremastered. And then on the Bad Girls Deluxe release for some reason they messed up and the version included there is in *mono* something I am pretty sure they never corrected. Grrr. But still, yes, it looks beautiful and luckily is coming out just when I should be getting some birthday money.

Michael Harper

Walk Away 12″ is available as a digital download as 24 bit 192khz remaster from the mercury tapes on at least 3 hi rez download sites — store.acousticsounds.com Prostudiomasters, and HD Tracks. The album is The Dance Collection -2013.

Kpreecorn

Donna Summer 70’S rarities

Sally Go Round The Roses
So Said The Man
If You Walking Alone
Can’t Understand
Down Deep Inside
Down Deep Inside (Love version)
Shut Out
Burning Up With Fever
Never Loose Your Sense Of Humor

Donna Summer 80’ S

Lover In The Night (backing vocals)
I Won’t Let Go (backing vocals)
Pretenders (backing vocals)
A Girl Like You (backing vocals)
True Love (backing vocals)
Modern Age (backing vocals)
Talk To Me (backing vocals)
Highway Runner 12 » remix
Sometimes Like Butterflies
Protection (12 ‘’ remix)
Walk Hand In Hand
Romeo
Incommunicado
Face The Music
The Girls Back In Town
Tearin’ Down The Walls
Something s Missing
Spirit Of The Forest

Donna Summer 90’ S

We Gonna Win
Carry On
I’m A Rainbow
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (remix)
La Vie En Rose
Melody Of Love
Any Way At All
I Feel Love 95’
Does He Love You
From A Distance
Let It Be Me
Someday
Whenever There Is Love
State Of Independence 96’
Carry On 97’
Tant Qu’il Y Aura L’ Amour
Sing To Me To Sleep Mommy

Donna Summer 2000

Dream catcher
When I Look Up
The Power Of One
When The Dream Never Dies
I Cannot Be Silent
Another Rosie Christmas
Take Heart
I Got Your Love
That’s The Way It Is
Dream A Lot (Theme)
You Are So Beautiful
Power Of Love
Are You Brave
Thank You For Being You
À Whole New World
It’s Only Love
Valley Of The Moon
Adonai

Donna Summer 2010

Love To Love You Baby (Diesel mix)
To Paris With Love
Freedom
Angel
Crazy/ On The Radio (diet with Seal)
La Dolce Vita
Netherlands

All this should be in the box otherwise it’s not a complete collection

Eric Henwood-Greer

Some of that (La Dolce Vita, the Paul Jabara duet version of Something’s Missing, etc) is on the box set. But I agree with you–at least with most of it (I don’t consider some of those tracks that she sang backup on too important).

Kpreecorn

I forgot in the 70’s
Old Fashioned Girls (backing vocals)
(With Brooklyn Dreams)
El Verdadero Amor (from Daylight)
(Spanish version)etc etc etc
Done with no precise reflection about what is expecting I really do believe they should have take one of us as a consultant and use a rare photo of the 80’ S just to give the box a better image other than the nostalgic Disco style

Darryl Fraylon

Well ❗

John

You’re right. The boxset is a ripoff,especially since it has no unreleased material. In addition to these, also include 3 great originals , Don’t Wanna Work, Nobody and If There is Music There and a gospel cover ,originally recorded during Live and More but included years later on a CD called The Very Best of Donna Summer. The backing vocals of Donna on the Gene Simmons song Burning Up with Fever make the song extra good, and she also did backing on another Gene song, Tunnel of Love which is not so great. Several of the songs you included in your list (eg Romeo, Down Deep Inside, Tearin down the Walls, Face the Music, Something’s Missing, Does he Love you,etc) are actually in the boxset.It;s shocking, though, that essential traks like It’s Only Love and To Paris with Love aren’t though.The Casablanca albums are available in the Japanese remastered SHM sound versions on youtube. I doubt the remastered versions on this collection will be up to that sound. The Bad Girls deluxe edition was supposedly remastered , but I couldn’t notice any improvement in the sound. LOL. The boxset also omits the Bad Girls demo version that was on Bad Girls deluxe edition. What a shame that the boxset is such a waste. The 2014 boxset was great, but this is just rehashing all the stuff us fans have already.

Jomaro Kooke

Hi Kpreecorn,

Thank you for all your detailed info.
Am I wrong or or do I miss the song “Begin Again”?

Regards,
Jomaro

Petee

This is quite expansive, but there’s still a wealth of rare material I wish had been included. “Sally Go Round The Roses”/”So Said The Man”, “If You Walkin’ Alone”/”Can’t Understand”, the 7″ remix of “The Woman In Me” (sadly not on that lovely singles box set), the remix of “All Systems Go” on the b-side of the “Fascination” single, and there are MANY more single edits, some only released internationally (“Je T’aime Moi Non Plus”).

Niko M

There was a lot of remixes released for “I Will Go With You” in ’99 but strangely not one is included. Also one of the remixes for “La Vien En Rose” would have been nice addition. As for “The Power Of One” perharps they couldn’t get licence from Pokemon :-)

Jimmie

Not to mention the “Someday” remixes that seem to only be available on vinyl only.

Freddie Barren

owned by Disney…so probably not possible to get.

Neill2407

This is pretty expensive. I’m not going to buy it. I already have the other reissues and will wait as I suspect there may be more reissues to come for the albums that haven’t been reissued yet.

Michael K

Dear Crimson Productions/Donna Summer Estate

Something along the lines of the following would make a great highlights package & something I would purchase. Kind Regards.

Love To Love You Baby
Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
Could It Be Magic
I Remember Yesterday
I Feel Love
Theme From The Deep
Last Dance
MacArthur Park
Heaven Knows
Hot Stuff
Bad Girls
Dim All The Lights
On The Radio
No More Tears

The Wanderer
Love Is In Control
State Of Independence
She Works Hard For The Money
There Goes My Baby
Dinner With Gershwin
This Time I Know It’s For Real
I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt
Love’s About To Change My Heart
Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved)
I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiró)
I Feel Love [Patrick Cowley Mega Mix]

Michael

Track down the Gold compilation for this selection Michael. The only thing missing is the Cowley Mega Mix.

Michael K

Thank you but I want the I feel Love Patrick Cowley Mega Mix & the 8.23 versus of MacArthur Park. Both of which I cannot find on cd or on iTunes.

Auntie Sabrina

The 16 minute Cowley mega mix and a 17 minute plus version of McCarther Park Suite are on the I Feel Love Collection, a double CD release, can be bought in the U.K for under £10.

Bob

yup, stay away from the gold collection. With the exception of crimson’s “ultimate collection” it represents the worst sounding compilation in her catalogue. Sadly, even the I feel love mega mix that appeared on the u.k I feel love collection was a vinyl rip. Here’s hoping they restore it with better care for this forthcoming opus.

Auntie Sabrina

The I Feel Love Cowley mega mix was originally mixed using 2 vinyl 12″ records. The I Feel Love compliation was remastered at Abbey Road.

Jeffrey Back

I have been a TRUE Donna fan my whole life! From my teens to senior citizen status. I’m getting tired of hearing “Love to Love You Donna” was “awful”! David Foster was a close friend of our divas’. He is also the CEO of Verve Records. Besides one misstep, Holy Ghost, the remix album was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Some remixes I loved more than others, BUT it was truly a tribute to our QUEEN! I think she would have been PROUD! She was introduced to a legion of young people, whom might not have known who she was otherwise.

D.Harris

I agree 100%!!! From the gorgeous cover photo to the song selections. I thought this was extremely well done. My only regret is that they didn’t release this as a 2-CD Deluxe Edition!

Bob

To be fair, I’m not a fan of ltlyd, but there are at least 6 mixes that I quite enjoy from that project. I think the anger stems from the fact that most of Donna’s ardent fans have that in their collection already. Whomever put this new collection together selected 7 cuts from that project that could have easily housed a more varied selection of better remixes. Like the most recent remixes of hot stuff, or as someone else suggested Con te partiro. And all of her fans hate the holy ghost mix of Working the midnight shift. I would be happy if they just removed that completely. That said, I had a tiny interaction with Bruce yesterday and he did make it clear that it was a difficult and lengthy process to get licensing for everything that’s going to be included. And although I did express my slight disappointment over the final track listing, I didn’t want to piss on his cornflakes, as he was so chuffed about the fact that the collection hit number 1 in the sales charts yesterday. So is Encore perfect? Absolutely not, but I think at this juncture, as long is the music is handled with care, we should be somewhat grateful it’s coming our way.

Steve

I was amazed that a $200 box set hit Number one. I wonder if they will consider making more than 1500 sets.

Andrew Edwards

I’m glad to hear that you and many many others on this site, acknowledge that no collection will ever satisfy everyone…The licensing on this had to be HUGE with all the Universal and non-Universal tracks…Sony and independent labels etc. I have been trying to infuse some sanity about what was included and not included due to licensing, availability, feasibility, and practicality. I’m sure he appreciated you not pissing on his cornflakes…Nothing including any of us will create anything perfect…Gratitude is always a positive resolution. Sometimes vinyl rips are all we are ever gonna get.

Ray D

Id like to know when they will ever release the version of Hot Stuff that was only on some Disco years cd from years ago compilation. Its on youtube. Its basically the single version extended. I have heard a couple different versions to of that one.

Philip Marshall

It’s available on the soundtrack to the movie Superstar. You can pick up used copies from Amazon UK from as little as £1. Here’s the link:

https://amzn.to/3169krt

Billythe50yearoldkid

Maybe we get the Casablanca remasters in Vinyl. Here’s the first one.
https://amzn.to/2RwJGsx

Bob

I’m quite certain that will be the next chapter of her reissue campaign. Her casablanca vinyl collection has been out of print for ages. But.. lets see how the remasters sound on the forthcoming boxset. Because you can be sure they will use the same thing for the vinyl.

Bob

Just a quick shout out to Paul Sinclair. I fear I may have become addicted to your site, as I have a growing need to log in several times a day. I just wanted to say a quick Thank You for hosting such a lovely site. The site is beautifully laid out, informative and the attention to detail is astonishing. Your efforts are very much appreciated! Here’s to you, mate.

V16trola

Hear hear Paul! Your site has become essential daily viewing. Obviously i don’t like all of the artists featured but it is always fascinating to read about what is coming out and how artists’ catalogues are dealt with (or not!). Thank you for making it so informative and interesting.

…..and ‘Hi Bob!’ ;-)

Noel

Couldn’t have put it better Bob – SDE is one of my most visited web pages :)

smirkdj

Is this exclusive for amazon.uk? I hope this will be available through jpc.de too

Mark Richards

Also missing are the 12″ versions of Walk Away, Last Dance, No More Tears. It’s a shame they can’t release a boxset of Donna’s ‘Imperial Years’ at Casablanca.

Auntie Sabrina

The 12″ version of Enough Is Enough is track 6 on CD 13. Maybe we’ll get a Casablanca Boxset if this sells out…

Bob

the Last dance 12inch is included as part of the final disc.

fabio garuffo

Also missing this alternate vocal available only on itunes, We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over).

Luke R

So amazon.co.uk will not ship to Australia or New Zealand. I wonder if Crimson Productions (Demon Music) were aware of this when they decided to use amazon as their means of selling the product ? This is extremely disappointing and upsetting…several people I know are in the same situation. Is there anyone at superdeluxeedition.com who could try to find out if 1) they are aware of this and 2) if they will do anything to help those of us who amazon refuses to sell to? Any help sincerely appreciated.

Auntie Sabrina

Demon music’s website mentions “Due to licensing restrictions, we are not always able to offer our products for sale in every global territory”.

Jarmo Keranen

33 cd’s? I own I Remember Yesterday, Bad Girls and The Wanderer cd’s and Once Upon A Time vinyl from her. Other recordings what i have heard from her thru the years, 33 tracks would be enough for me!

gwynogue

Amazon (still) aren’t shipping to Australia – is there a way for us colonials to order it?

I looked on the Demon/Crimson website but I couldn’t find any mention of it.

Michael

You could use one of the shipping services from the uk. I’ve done this before. They charge you but it works.

Karsten

As far as 7″ and 12″ versions go, is there anything on here that wasn’t on the recent deluxe re-releases?

Ed Hanke

Lose the “Love to Love You, Donna” mixes. Everybody hates them (for good reason). It’s bad enough that they’re on a “tribute” album. Some tribute. To include them in this set is a travesty.

V16trola

Totally agree with Ed. To include the Love To Love You Donna mixes is a real insult (especially one mix which only includes about 10 seconds of Donna’s voice!).

Dump those mixes from the collection and include the full amazing John Morales remix of the MacArthur Suite which includes outtake vocals etc and/or the recent Ralphi Rosario remixes. The fans would go mad for that!

Daniel

So imma nerd out abit and wonder if the Rollo & Sister Bliss mix of I Feel Love is the full orgasmic 9:54 min mix or the edited/faded one. AND if they got hold of the full 7:52 Frankie’s Director’s Cut of Hot Stuff too. He posted that and a dub on Soundcloud.
And to be really honest (and greedy), considering that she was a dancediva with ALOT of remixes under her belt I really love a complete singles box. Like Driven but done properly. But that’d be a feat getting all those mixes (and rights) together. And the number of discs would be maybe too many. A digital option for her nerdiest hardcore fans maybe?

Jim

Unable to order in Australia. Disgusted and furious doesn’t fully express how I feel right now.

nale chaben

This set is Amazing, but I agree that with the exception of the Casablanca material alot is just rehash of recent sets. Where is The Woman In Me (single version without spoken intro), Unconditional Love (Extended Version) and why is The Power of Love (a Luther Vandross remake) here and on Ultimate Collection instead of the superior and original Donna track “The Power of ONE”. Also, the 7″ remix of Supernatural Love. And the individual albums don’t have bonus tracks, they should’ve been put on one disc for convenience. Spreading the songs out like that is a waste. I would’ve also love to have The Dance Collection included but I guess those songs are accounted for on the remix/extended cds.