Bad Girls [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bad Girls marked the high-water mark in Donna Summer's career, spending six weeks at number one, going double platinum, and spinning off four Top 40 singles, including the chart-topping title song and "Hot Stuff," which sold two million copies each, and the million-selling, number two hit "Dim All the Lights." Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte recognized that disco was going in different directions by the late '70s, and they gave the leadoff one-two punch of "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" a rock edge derived from new wave. The original two-LP set was divided into four musically consistent sides, with the rock-steady beat of the first side giving way to a more ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bad Girls marked the high-water mark in Donna Summer's career, spending six weeks at number one, going double platinum, and spinning off four Top 40 singles, including the chart-topping title song and "Hot Stuff," which sold two million copies each, and the million-selling, number two hit "Dim All the Lights." Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte recognized that disco was going in different directions by the late '70s, and they gave the leadoff one-two punch of "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" a rock edge derived from new wave. The original two-LP set was divided into four musically consistent sides, with the rock-steady beat of the first side giving way to a more traditional disco sound on the second side, followed by a third side of ballads and a fourth side with a more electronic, synthesizer-driven sound that recalled Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love." Though remembered for its hits, the album had depth and consistency, concluding with "Sunset People," one of Summer's best album-only tracks. The result was the artistic and commercial peak of her career and, arguably, of disco itself. This two-CD reissue fits the original album on disc one with a sole bonus track, Summer's original demo of "Bad Girls." Disc two, dubbed "12" Singles & More," presents extended dance remixes of Summer hits from "I Feel Love" to the post-Bad Girls numbers "No More Tears Enough Is Enough" a duet with Barbra Streisand and "On the Radio," including versions of all four Bad Girls hits the fourth being "Walk Away". The packaging re-creates the expensive, glossy cover of the original LP, with Summer as a scantily clad streetwalker. The choices to augment the album are excellent, giving a good sense of Summer in her 1977-1980 prime.
Rolling Stone - James Hunter
Along with her producers, [Summer] was creating a new idea of international pop. Madonna's career without Summer and "Bad Girls"? Unthinkable.
Blender - Steve Lowe
Guess what? This disco doesn't suck.

Guess what? This disco doesn't suck.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498603574
  • Catalog Number: 000068302
  • Sales rank: 36,073

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donna Summer Primary Artist, Vocals
Barbra Streisand Vocals
Greg Mathieson Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Denny Christianson Horn, Horn Section
Brooklyn Dreams Vocals
Keith Forsey Percussion, Drums
Bruce Roberts Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Giorgio Moroder Moog Synthesizer
Chris Bennett Background Vocals
Thor Baldursson Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
Geoff Bastow Guitar
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ben Benay Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
George Bohannon Horn, Horn Section
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Jill Colucci Musician
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Scott Edwards Bass
Alan Estes Percussion
Harold Faltermeyer Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Donna Fein Background Vocals
Bruce Fisher Musician
James Gadson Guitar, Drums
Bob Glaub Bass
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jay Graydon Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gary Herbig Flute, Horn, Saxophone, Soloist, Horn Section
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Horn, Horn Section
Les Hurdle Bass
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jon Kip Flute, Saxophone
David Luell Flute, Saxophone
Steve Madaio Trumpet, Horn, Horn Section
Bill Payne Piano
Al Perkins Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Porcaro Bass
Holden Raphael Musician
Jack Redmond Trombone
Lisa Roberts Background Vocals
Sid Sharp Strings, Concert Master
The Sid Sharp Strings Strings
Stephanie Spruill Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Trevor Veitch Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals, Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Robert Wedel Moog Synthesizer
Michael King Musician
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Jeff Holman Musician
Scott Lipsker Musician
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone, Horn, Horn Section
Jai Winding Piano
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Mats Bjorklund Guitar
Don Gregorio Keyboards
Kevin Moore Musician
Dick "Slide" Hyde Trombone, Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Donna Summer Composer, Producer
Greg Mathieson Arranger, Composer
Paul Jabara Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Keith Forsey Composer
Bruce Roberts Composer, Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Webb Composer
Giorgio Moroder Composer, Producer
John Arrias Engineer
Thor Baldursson Arranger
Pete Bellotte Composer, Producer
Joe Esposito Composer
Harold Faltermeyer Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Eddie Hokenson Composer
Gary Klein Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Jürgen Koppers Producer, Engineer
Bruce Sudano Composer
Luther Waters Vocal Arrangements
Erik Zobler Engineer
Bob Conti Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Bobby Guttadaro Remixing
Marc Paul Simon Remixing
Steven Smith Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Alan Zentz Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Seperating Summer From The "Bad Girls"

    When Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" was first released in 1979, it was the height of the anti-disco fervor. It was the summer of "My Sharona" by The Knack. It was the rise of power pop by Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. It was where an anti-disco rally at Chicago's Soldier Field turned into a full-fledged riot. What people seemed to forget at the time was that not all disco sucked. "Bad Girls" not only more than makes that point clear; it also confirms that Donna Summer was (and still is) a tremendously talented female singer whose range went beyond Studio 54. From the thunderous opening of "Hot Stuff" to the urban speed of "Sunset People", this was unquestionably Donna Summer's greatest album. It was also the sound of the "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" generation just before the AIDS epidemic would evisicerate many of them. Summer would eventually distance herself from this genre. Yet, thirty years later, the album's whomping power remains undeniable and has lost none of its exciting crackle. To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, this special edition contains extended versions of many of the songs that made Summer into a 1970's megastar, including "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "On The Radio" and a charging, orgasmic version of "Hot Stuff" that squashes the album version like a grape. If disco can be considered timeless, then this is one of the few albums that made it so. This was also the album that seperated Donna Summer from every other disco singer in the world, which by itself is a major achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remastered Masterpiece!!!!!!!

    Everyone has heard this album at one point or another. What's special about this collection is that it is remastered and the sound is IMPECCABLE! This album could easily have been released yesterday it sounds so very current!! The digipack is designed to imitate the original LP album fold out and the 12" versions on the second disc are also first time remastered. Truly an awesome collection of Donna's hits. There is no other that can match the honest, emotive, soulful voice that is Donna Summer. For those who have complained that this set does not include anything unreleased other than the fabulous demo version of Bad Girls, read the foreword beautifully written by Brian Chin. Giorgio Moroder says that when he and Donna recorded back then, it was not common practice for them to do a demo first. They laid down the tracks and Donna did the vocals usually all at the same time and the songs were done. This is the reason why there is very little unreleased music from that time period with Giorgio. It would be wise for Universal to release additional Deluxe versions of Donna's albums where there is plenty of unreleased material from the 80's. I look forward to seeing She Works Hard For The Money in Deluxe form to include all of the unreleased songs from that decade. Anyone at Universal listening? If so, check out the Delphiforums called Endless Summer. There are plenty of fans very willing to discuss and have discussed what would make a fabulous deluxe set. 'Nuff said!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing 'Bad' here, entirely 'Hot Stuff'!

    1979 was a great year. One downfall, that 'Bad Girls' did not win the grammy for 'Best Album of the Year'. Beside securing Donna as disco's queen, she broke ground proving her vocal diversity could challenge and conquer rock 'n roll. There is nothing difficult about this album. It is not overproduced or shameless. The concept is clever. The music remains fresh and timeless today. Newly remastered, 'Deluxe' deserves repeated airplay to remind everyone how underrated Donna Summer became. Listen to 'Sunset People' and 'Our Love' and you will rediscover the magic of Donna's vocal sensuality and power. Lyrically, Donna and her writing team were at a creative height, and swiftly enticed us to the dance floor with hipnotic rythyms and catchy hooks. 'Bad Girls Deluxe' is superb. It is worth every cent. The bonus demo track of 'Bad Girls' adds to the fun. A 6 out of 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's really a Hot Stuff album

    Gosh, When you listen those tunes as Hot STuff, Bad Girls, Sunset People, Our love, On the Radio(extended version) and not mention one of the greatest dance tracks, which was the opening door for the thecno music 'I fell love' you just need to " Dim all the lights" and start dancing, jumping and singing, specially that new sound from BAD GIRLS album it's just fantastic !!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    toot toot "hey" beep beep

    WOW....this is an incredible piece of music....forget that it is a classic....it is just fantastic!!! Every single song sounds so clear, the percussion, the brass and strings....amazing the influence that i hear in todays r&b/dance music. Donna Summer....what can you say about that voice.

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