1978 Donna Summer – Live And More

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 a medley she named “The My Man Medley”. It consisted of the George Gershwin song, “The Man I Love”, together with “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” and the old standard “Some of These Days”, neither of which she recorded previously. She also performed a version of the ballad “The Way We Were”, originally recorded by Barbra Streisand for the film of the same name, again, never previously recorded by Summer, but a big favorite of her live concerts. This was followed by 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.

Tracks

1 Once Upon A Time (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 3:03
2 Fairy Tale High (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:20
3 Faster And Faster To Nowhere (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:09
4 Spring Affair (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:34
5 Rumour Has It (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:34
6 I Love You llot(Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bete) 3:38
7 Only One Man (Bill Conti, Donna Summer, Virgil Weber) 2:06
8 I Remember Yesterday (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 3:52
9 Love’s Unkind (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:37
10 My Man Medley: 6:25
11 The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 0:00
12 I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good (Duke Ellington, Paul Webster) 0:00
13 Some Of These Days (Shelton Brooks) 0:00
14 The Way We Were (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) 3:23
15 Mimi’s Song (Donna Summer, Virgil Weber) 4:28
16 Try Me, I Know We Can Make It (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 4:14
17 Love To Love You Baby (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 3:23
18 I Feel Love (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 6:54
19 Last Dance (Paul Jabara) 5:50
20 MacArthur Park (Jimmy Webb) 8:27
21 One Of A Kind (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 4:57
22 Heaven Knows (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte) 2:38
23 MacArthur Park (Reprise) (Jimmy Webb) 1:32

Musicians

Live part:

Bass Sal Guglielmi
Drums Keith Forsey
Drums Richard Adelman
Guitar Pete Woodford
Clavinet Greg Mathieson
Keyboards Doug Livingston
Moog Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Virgil Weber
Sax Dick Spencer
Sax Don Menza
Sax Joe Romono
Trombone Bruce Paulson
Trombone Bob Payne
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trumpet Bobby Shew
Trumpet Rich Cooper
Trumpet Dalton Smith
Cello Victor Sazer
Violin John Santulis
Violin Pauel Farkas
Violin Mari Tsumura
Violin Teri Schoerbrua
Violin Jay Rosen
Violin Lya Stern
Viola Leonard Selic
Viola Robert Adcock
Percussion Ken Park
Percussion Bob Conti
Background Vocals Carlene Williams
Background Vocals Dara Bernard
Background Vocals Mary Ellen Bernard
Vocals Donna Summer


Studio Part (MacArthur Park)

Bass Mike Porcaro
Drums Keith Forsey
Guitar (Solo) Jay Graydon
Guitar Ben Benay
Keyboard Greg Mathieson
Sax Jon Kip
Sax Gary Herbig
Sax David Luell
Trombone Dick Hyde
Trumpet Steve Madaio
Percussion Keith Forsey
Background Vocals Chris Bennett
Background Vocals Donna Fein
Background Vocals Carolyn Dennis
Vocals Joe Esposito

Liner Notes

Production Manager: Sheri Wish

Graphics: Stephen Lumel, Henry Vizcarra/ Gribbitt!
Photographs by: Francesco Scavullo
Photography Assistant: Sean Byrnes
Donna Summer Logotype: Tom Nikosey

Recorded Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California
“Live” recording Engineered by: Juergen Koppers, Gary Ladinsky, Steve Smith
“Studio” side Engineered by: Juergen Koppers, Steve Smith, Erik Zobler
Mixdown Engineer: Juergen Koppers
Mastered by Brian Gardner at Allen Zentz Recording, Los Angeles, California
Mixed at Westlake Studios and Rusk Studios
“Studio” side Arranged and Conducted by: Greg Mathieson
“Studio” Strings: Sid Sharp String Section
“Live” side Conducted by: Michael Warren (Appears through the courtesy of Dobre Records)