LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late-1970s.
Artist: Donna Summer
Title: Live And More
Label: Philips Records
Live and More is the first live album recorded by American singer Donna Summer, and it was her second double album. The live concert featured on the first three sides of this double LP album was recorded in the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California in 1978. This album was released on August 28, 1978 by Casablanca Records.
During the concert, Summer performs a large number of her disco songs – both her hit singles, and a selection of songs from her previous album, Once Upon a Time. However, in this album, Donna also experimented with other musical styles such as jazz, in “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” and the George Gershwin song, “The Man I Love”. She also performed a version of the ballad “The Way We Were“, originally recorded by Barbra Streisand for the film of the same name, and a self-written ballad called “Mimi’s Song”, dedicated to her young daughter, Mimi. She was present at this concert for Summer to sing the song to her, and she is heard on the recording saying goodnight to the audience. The concert ends with one of Summer’s best-known songs in the United States – “Last Dance“. This hit song was included on the soundtrack of the film Thank God It’s Friday, in which Summer had also acted. The composer, Paul Jabara, won an Academy Award for Best Song from a motion picture, and Summer herself won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance with this song. A personal favorite of Summer’s, it was one of the first disco songs to feature a slow ballad-tempo both at the beginning and in the middle of the song. This would become a format that Summer would use on several other songs. Some versions of “Last Dance” have the slow part removed from the middle but keeps it at the beginning. The full version, however, was sung at this concert.
The fourth and final side of this double LP album contained a new studio recording entitled “MacArthur Park Suite”, which is a medley of four songs including the main song “MacArthur Park“, originally recorded as a ballad by the Irish actor Richard Harris. Summer’s disco version was edited and issued as a single, and it became one of her biggest hits – her first number one song on the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and a Top five song in the United Kingdom. This song also earned Summer a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Another song in the medley, “Heaven Knows” was an American Top five hit, and it featured vocals by Joe Esposito of the Brooklyn Dreams musical group. That group included the musician Bruce Sudano, whom Summer would later marry.
Live and More would become Summer’s first number one double album in the United States, and achieved double platinum status in the U.S.
1. Once Upon A Time (3:03)
2. Fairy Tale High (2:20)
3. Faster and Faster to Nowhere (2:09)
4. Spring Affair (2:34)
5. Rumour Has It (2:34)
6. I Love You (3:38)
1. Only One Man (2:06)
2. I Remember Yesterday (3:52)
3. Love’s Unkind (2:37)
4. My Man Medley (6:25)
(a) The Man I Love”
(b) I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
(c) Some of These Days
5. The Way We Were (3:23)
6. Mimi’s Song (4:28)
1. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It (4:14)
2. Love To Love You, Baby (3:23)
3. I Feel Love (6:54)
4. Last Dance (5:50)
1. MacArthur Park Suite / MacArthur Park (8:27)
2. One Of A Kind (4:57)
3. Heaven Knows (2:38)
4. MacArthur Park (Reprise) (1:32)