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Bad Girls [Deluxe Edition]
     

Bad Girls [Deluxe Edition]

by Donna Summer
 

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Disco never spawned a brighter star than Donna Summer -- or a more significant album than Summer's 1979 opus, Bad Girls. With the support of her celebrated colleagues, producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, Summer folded irresistible melodic hooks into innovative arrangements that blended dance-pop grace with

Overview

Disco never spawned a brighter star than Donna Summer -- or a more significant album than Summer's 1979 opus, Bad Girls. With the support of her celebrated colleagues, producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, Summer folded irresistible melodic hooks into innovative arrangements that blended dance-pop grace with guitar-rock muscle, and the resulting tunes were as popular with roller-skating suburban kids as they were with the cosmopolitan club crowd. The album's driving title track and equally fervent numbers like "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights" became massive hits, sailing to, respectively, No. 1, No. 1, and No. 2 on the pop singles chart. But more than a commercial behemoth, Bad Girls was proof that a personality as vibrant as Summer's could flourish in what many viewed as a faceless, technology-driven genre. Its impact on dance music could not, and cannot, be overstated.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602498603574
catalogNumber:
000068302
Rank:
12750

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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
Hurdle   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jon Kip   Flute,Saxophone
David Luell   Flute,Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Horn,Horn Section
Bill Payne   Piano
Perkins   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Holden Raphael   Musician
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Lisa Roberts   Background Vocals
Sid Sharp   Strings,Concert Master
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   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
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
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Bobby Guttadaro   Remixing
Marc Paul Simon   Remixing
Steven Smith   Engineer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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