1982 Donna Summer – Donna Summer

Donna Summer is the tenth studio album of American singer Donna Summer, released in 1982, and is currently out of print. It featured the Top 10, Grammy-nominated “Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)” single.

Since the disco era, Summer’s work had covered a variety of musical genres and this album was no exception. It had quite a strong soul influence, and featured a couple of gospel-styled tracks, namely “(If It) Hurts Just a Little” and a version of Jon and Vangelis’ “State of Independence”, which featured an all-star choir. Rock music was also found in the form of the Bruce Springsteen-penned “Protection”; the track had been planned as a Donna Summer/Bruce Springsteen duet but that concept was abandoned as unworkable. The album concluded with Summer’s take on the Billy Strayhorn torch standard “Lush Life”.

Several very popular songwriters were used on this album. As well as the aforementioned Springsteen and Vangelis, Quincy Jones himself contributed to the writing, as did other names such as Rod Temperton, Merria Ross, John Lang, Richard Page, Bill Meyers, Michael Clark, John Bettis, Jon Anderson, David Foster, Steve Lukather, Michael Sembello, Dan Sembello and David Batteau. This made it the largest number of songwriters ever to contribute to a Donna Summer album.

A period of six months elapsed between the first session for the Donna Summer album and the completion of the tracks. Summer has since stated that this was one of the hardest albums ever to record – some of the songs were quite challenging, plus she was pregnant with her daughter Amanda Grace at the time. It has also been reported that she found producer Quincy Jones to be rather boisterous and controlling and soon after the album’s release she opened up to the Los Angeles Times: “Sometimes I feel it’s a Quincy Jones album that I sang on”.

Tracks

Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) (Merria Ross, Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones) 4:19
2  Mystery Of Love (John Lang, Bill Meyers) 4:25
The Woman In Me (John Bettis, Michael Clark) 3:55
State Of Independence (Jon Anderson, Vangelis) 5:49
5  Livin’ In America (Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, David Foster) 4:43
6  Protection (Bruce Springsteen) 3:39
7  (If it) Hurts Just A Little (Daniel Sembello, David Batteau) 3:54
8  Love Is Just A Breath Away (Donna Summer Rod Temperton, David Foster) 3:55
9  Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 6:26

Musicians

1 Love Is In Control (finger On The Trigger)

Drums Leon Chancler
Guitar Michael Sembello
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Sax Ernie Watts
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Howard Hewett
Background Vocals James Ingram


2 Mystery Of Love

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Leon Chancler
Guitar Michael Sembello
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synclavier Don Dorsey
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Sax Ernie Watts
Trumpet Gary Grant
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Piano David Paich
Synthesizer David Paich
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals James Ingram
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


3 The Woman In Me

Drums (programming) Steve Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals James Ingram
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George


4 State Of Independence

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Leon Chancler
Guitar Eric Clapton
Synclavier Don Dorsey
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer David Paich
Sax Ernie Watts
Background Vocals Michael Jackson
Background Vocals Brenda Russell
Background Vocals James Ingram
Background Vocals Dionne Warwick
Background Vocals Kenny Loggins
Background Vocals Lionel Richie
Background Vocals Stevie Wonder


5 Livin’ In America

Drums Joe Porcaro
Drums JR Robinson
Drums Larry Bunker
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Michael Sembello
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Sax Ernie Watts
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Rini Kramer


6 Protection

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Bruce Springsteen
Piano Roy Bittan
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer David Paich
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes


7 (If it) Hurts Just A Little

Drums Leon Chancler
Guitar Michael Sembello
Synthesizer David Paich
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Sax Ernie Watts
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals James Ingram
Background Vocals Liza Miller


8 Love Is Just A Breath Away

Drums (programming) Steve Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Synthesizer David Paich
Synthesizer Steve Porcaro
Synthesizer David Foster


9 Lush Life

Drums Leon Chancler
Piano Dave Grusin
Synthesizer Don Dorsey
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Sax Ernie Watts

Liner Notes

Producer – Quincy Jones
Arranged By – David Paich (Track 8)
Arranged By – David Foster (Track 8)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Rod Temperton (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Greg Phillinganes (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – David Paich (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Bill Meyers (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – David Foster (Track 5)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Michael Sembello (Track 7)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Dave Grusin (Track 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Michael Omartian (Track 2)
Arranged By (Strings) – Johnny Mandel (Track 9)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Greg Phillinganes (Track 2)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Bill Meyers (Track 2)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – David Paich (Tracks 2, 3)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Greg Mathieson (Track 4)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Rod Temperton (Tracks 5, 7
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – David Foster (Track 5)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Michael Sembello (Track 7)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Dave Grusin (Track 9)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Quincy Jones (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Rod Temperton (Tracks 1, 4)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Richard Page (Track 3)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Michael Sembello (Track 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – John Van Nest, Matt Forger, Steve Crimmel
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien
Recorded By – Bruce Swedien

Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Pressed By – Allied Record Company
Recorded At – Westlake Audio
Mixed At – Westlake Audio
Recorded At – Allen Zentz Recording
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix