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:

BassSal Guglielmi
DrumsKeith Forsey
DrumsRichard Adelman
GuitarPete Woodford
ClavinetGreg Mathieson
KeyboardsDoug Livingston
MoogGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerVirgil Weber
SaxDick Spencer
SaxDon Menza
SaxJoe Romano
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneBruce Paulson
TromboneBob Payne
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetBobby Shew
TrumpetRich Cooper
TrumpetDalton Smith
CelloVictor Sazer
ViolinJohn Santulis
ViolinPavel Farkas
ViolinMari Tsumura
ViolinTeri Schoerbrua
ViolinJay Rosen
ViolinLya Stern
ViolaLeonard Selic
ViolaRobert Adcock
PercussionKen Park
PercussionBob Conti
Background VocalsCarlene Williams
Background VocalsDara Bernard
Background VocalsMary Ellen Bernard
VocalsDonna Summer


Studio Part (MacArthur Park)

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsKeith Forsey
Guitar (Solo)Jay Graydon
GuitarBen Benay
KeyboardGreg Mathieson
SaxJon Kip
SaxGary Herbig
SaxDavid Luell
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetSteve Madaio
PercussionKeith Forsey
Background VocalsChris Bennett
Background VocalsDonna Fein
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
VocalsJoe 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)