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August 1, 2017

Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday (1977) – Lp

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Donna Summer
Title:  I Remember Yesterday
Year:  1977
Format:  LP
Label:  Groovy Records
Catalog# GR 9003

I Remember Yesterday is the fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer. It was originally released in May 13, 1977, seven months after the release of her previous album. Like her previous three albums, it was a concept album, this time seeing Summer combining the recent disco sound with various sounds of the past. I Remember Yesterday includes the singles “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)“, “I Feel Love“, the title track, “Love’s Unkind” and “Back in Love Again“. “I Feel Love” and “Love’s Unkind” proved to be the album’s most popular and enduring hits, the former of which came to be one of Summer’s signature songs.

The album was recorded in Munich at Musicland Studios and Arco Studios with Summer’s long-term collaborators and production team headed by producers Moroder and Bellotte. Arrangements were handled by Thor Baldursson. The artwork was designed by Gribbitt! with photography by Victor Skrebneski.

Side One of the LP saw Summer “remembering yesterday” by combining the electronic disco sound with sounds of the 1940s (“I Remember Yesterday“), 1950s (“Love’s Unkind“) and 1960s (“Back in Love Again“). Side Two consisted of two pop/disco tracks, a ballad and finished with a disco song supposedly representing “the future” that would become one of the most famous songs of that genre – “I Feel Love“.With the exception of the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)”, all the songs were written in collaboration by Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

As with Summer’s last few albums, different record labels distributed her work in different nations. Some of the labels chose to release the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)” as the first single, with “I Feel Love” as the B-side. However, the impact of the song was so huge that it was soon released internationally as an A-side.

 

Side one
1.  I Remember Yesterday  (4:45)
2.  Love’s Unkind  (4:24)
3.  Back In Love Again  (3:54)
4.  I Remember Yesterday (Reprise)  (3:02)

Side two
1.  Black Lady  (3:47)
2.  Take Me  (5:03)
3.  Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over) (4:25)
4.  I Feel Love  (5:53)

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