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Donna Summer Another Place And Time (1989)
Originally Released April 1989 or May 2, 1989 \n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: In the late '80s, the Mike Stock/Matt Aitken/Pete Waterman team was as important to European dance-pop as Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte had been to Euro-disco in the late '70s. Many pop critics hated Stock/Aitken/Waterman's slick, high-gloss approach with a passion, but what critics like and what the public buys are often two different things -- and the British team had the Midas touch when it came to Dead or Alive, Samantha Fox, Rick Astley, and other '80s favorites. So, for Donna Summer, working with them was a logical decision when, in 1989, she made a temporary return to a Euro-dance-pop setting. Produced, written, and arranged by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, 1989's Another Place and Time is arguably Summer's most European-sounding release since the late '70s. This CD came 14 years after the erotic "Love to Love You, Baby," and from a Euro-dance perspective (as opposed to a Top 40, adult contemporary or urban contemporary perspective), Another Place & Time is one of the best albums that Summer provided in the '80s. Critics can hate Stock, Aitken & Waterman all they want, but the team certainly does right by Summer on exuberant, club-friendly Euro-dance/Hi-NRG gems like "Whatever Your Heart Desires," "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt," and the hit "This Time I Know It's for Real." Not all of the songs are aimed at the dancefloor, but 90 percent of the time, this album is unapologetically dance-oriented. Contrary to popular wisdom, disco didn't really die with the '70s -- disco simply went high-tech and changed its name to dance-pop in the '80s, and it isn't hard to see the parallels between this release and Summer's work with Moroder and Bellotte in the mid- to late '70s. Another Place and Time is an excellent CD that Summer's fans should not overlook. -- Alex Henderson\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nThe very best Stock Aitken WaterWoman!!, August 31, 2005\nReviewer: Nse Ette (Lagos, Nigeria)\nIn 1988, Donna Summer, on the advice of her husband, teamed up with then white hot UK production team Stock Aitken Waterman, resulting in this upbeat, fun, pop/dance album released in 1989. \n\nQuite a few were horrified on hearing of the pairing (myself included), but it was a return to her dance roots after a series of experimental releases which were not fully embraced by most of her fans (except me, LOL!). \n\nI loved the cover art with its startling whiteface and arty gown and hat, Donna's attempt to look like a Geisha girl, and a look at the other album photos show what fun must have been had in making the album. All the tunes are incredibly catchy and fun! \n\nOpening track, the light hearted, bouncy Kylie sounding `I don't wanna get hurt' was a UK #7 hit. \n\nThe smash hit `This time I know it's for real' co written by Donna, was a US #7 Gold single and a UK #3, with a delightful video. This song was everywhere in '89. \n\n`The only one' is pure euro pop, with powerful echo-ey vocals singing `don't break my heart/say I'm the only one, and a melancholic guitar solo. The chorus sounds dreamy, especially because of the stunning backing vocals. Great! \n\nThe title track `In another place and time' is the only ballad on the album. It starts off with gentle vocals which build up in power like a hurricane as the song progresses. \n\nThe horn laden, retro sounding `Sentimental' was co written by Donna and should have been a single. \n\nMy absolute favourite has got to be `Whatever your heart desires', a mid tempo yet bouncy number with a deep distinctive bass line and Donna starting off in a lower register, rising as the song progresses to a joyous sing-a-long chorus. Again, co written by Donna. \n\n`Breakaway' is a beautiful, lilting mid tempo Caribbean influenced pop/R&B number about the sad end of a relationship. \n\nClosing number is the retro sounding techno/pop of `Love's about to change my heart'. This song is classic Summer; starting off as a ballad a-la `Last dance', `On the radio', etc, before kicking in to a hi energy song with Donna blasting away, and a killer note at the end. Excellent video too! A UK top 20 hit and US hot 100 hit. \n\nSAW did state that Donna's was the best voice they worked with and it shows, she really belts out on every song, breaking through the echo-ey vocal effects and programmed sounds. Definitely the best SAW produced album, and great ear candy! \n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nFALLIN' FOR SAW PRODUCTION, March 5, 2005\nReviewer: Autumn Sadness "Hello Hello" (Solitude Town, Clever State)\nIt didn't work for Kylie Minogue, neither Bananarama, the SAW production it's the music that dated the less gratefully from the 80's music. So Summer take on this ill advice move, although yes we all know she returned to the top 10 with THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL, the sound on this album sounds extremely dated, and hearing the entire album it's extremely painful since I DON'T WANNA GET HURT and LOVE'S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART sound extremely equally the same. This record does not differ from other produced SAW, who in fact could be say was pure 80's POP disposable music, no wonder they didn't promote Kylie's 80's music in America, it was like this Summer album painful.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nI played this a lot in summer '89! Still love it today!, September 2, 2004\nReviewer: Preston (nc)\nI thought that this was a fun album! I still love This Time I Know It's for Real--was surprised by its jump from No. 88 to No. 57 in the Billboard Hot 100, proving that people in America were excited to hear Donna again! It peaked at No. 7. This album obviously was a Stock/Aitken/Waterman production, but Donna obviously pulls it off on all of the songs. Some songs sound like the ones they did for Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue and Bananarama, the same formula, but they knew what they wanted for Donna. They had a string of hits in '86,'87, '88 and '89 so this was during their streak. There's a little bit of Donna's 1978 disco sound injected into the modern S/A/W music, especially on This Time. Some critics didn't like this album, but I thought this was a fun album. If I saw it in the stores again, I'd definitely get it. If It Makes You Feel Good, Sentimental, the dramatic Breakaway and others are still in my head a good 15 years later just like her '70s hits! One of her very overlooked albums. \n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nBreakaway should have been the big hit here, August 3, 2002\nReviewer: chris jennings (Florida, the best of the u.s.)\nI only bought this because Breakaway was getting a little airplay in early 1990, and I loved it, though it soon faded into obscurity .This is song-writing pinnacle of achievement stuff here-they even added Flamenco guitar.This is how drum machines and synths SHOULD be used-to provide an original groove.Hard to believe these are the same guys responsible for the rest of the album ,which really isn't my cup of tea since I'm not a huge dance music fan.Breakaway is so good, it makes the rest of the album seem not so bad.This is most definitely leftovers from Bananarama/Rick Astley, but she has the vocal skill to bring some originality. That being said, a couple songs also separate themselves from the looped-arpeggio StockAitken- very throwaway sound.When Love Takes Over you, is a higher caliber of writing, and Sentimental is reminiscent of her early hit I Remember Yesterday-with it's 30's horn sound.The title track is the third best song-sounds like Jeremy off her 1987 All Systems Go album-which is a little better than this one,but seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. The best thing about this album is how insanely happy it is-you can't frown when playing this.Most of the songs sound the same, but the great ones really shine through.I HIGHLY recommend the previous album All Systems Go from 87-Dinner With Gershwin was as much of a style departure as the Wanderer back in 1980, which is the first song I ever liked by her.State of Independence and Breakaway are her best ever.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nDonna sung and went..... just an excercise!, June 29, 2001\nReviewer: Lody van Rijssel (Dordrecht Netherlands)\nThere is a lot of pros and cons about this album of Donna. It was a remarkable album because Donna teamed herself (or the recordcompany teamed her as a commercial strategy?) to the dull but then hot pop producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman. She just co-wrote 2 songs instead, far less then we know from Donna's output. And it seemed to be an very strange try to put Donna on the charts again. There should have been better guides around at that time to handle such a vocalist as Donna! But well, this was the result, and commercially one of the best albums of Summer during the eighties. Of course the songs are typical SAW formula: easy accessable, easy tunes, easy drum intros as we know from other SAW artists like Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Ashley and Bananarama. But there is something special! For the first time it's prove loud and clear how huge Donna's vocals are! For Kylie etc. the SAW formula was good, useable and perhaps difficult enough. With Donna behind the microphone, the arragements are simply overruled and put in the background! If there have been people in doubt about Donna's vocal skills (do they excist?), this recording sure will faint them all, just it did the poor SAW producers. It seems Donna went into the studio, saw the written music, asked to start the recording and just sang the whole project in a couple of hours maybe two days. I can fantasize her coming in the studio during a shopping break in Oxford Street, sing and leaving again to shop further! :-) This is just a simply excersise for Donna. And listen to the SAW formula breaking apart, it is sheer joy! It confirms Donna's supreme vocals and leaves the pop formula biting the dust. It was a commercial good move and renewed Donna's status as vocalist. But further is was dull and not surprising at all. Donna deserved better, but ok, it's was only something 'in between' her shopping :-) And for us? It was dancing time agian!\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nWrong place, right time, January 1, 2001\nReviewer: WAYNE ALLAN DICKSON (Glasgow, Lanarkshire United Kingdom)\nIn 1987, UK Pop Magazine Record Mirror reviewed Donna Summer's then album "All Systems Go". After giving it a fair review the writer commented that Summer perhaps, would be better advised to team up with the new Chart Kings Stock/Aitken/Waterman. A novel idea it seemed at the time. In the Winter of 1987, SAW had not quite reached the level Production line Pop Overkill that they ultimately would within the next 12 months. A legacy that has made them the most admired, envied, disrespected and hated in the British Pop Industry. Initial plans for Summer to bring in her own Writers to work with SAW were quickly abandoned as she stepped onto the PWL Conveyer-belt in the early months of 1988. She co-wrote three tracks with the team, including the album's lead Single "This Time I know It's For Real" (UK#3/US#7). She was also credited with Co-producing these tracks but the Co-producer Credit has strangely disappeared from all subsequent reissues. The Goal of this project however, was not an artistic one. After being famously misquoted as a Bible-bashing Homophobe, Summer went all out to become a contemporary Chart Act again as well as regain her large Gay Audience which to a certain degree, she did. She told SAW that she didn't like the Kylie-sounding "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt" and would prefer not to record it. The Producers convinced her it would be a Hit and she reconsidered (UK#7). The album's HI-NRG sound almost completely lost her loyal Black Fanbase for good. Her US label GEFFEN passed on the project and she was without a US Deal before ATLANTIC came to the recue eventually in the late Summer of 1989. Summer's favourite tracks on the Album were "Love's About To Change My Heart" (UK#20/US#85 although the original mix here is much weaker than the Single Remix) and "Breakaway"(UK#49). These actually are the Standouts and sound less dated than the rest of the album wich time has not been kind to. At the time, it seemed that "Another Place and Time" had closed the Darkest period in Donna Summer's career. It did in fact open it and listening to it now makes the reasons for that clearer than ever. Even her soaring vocals sound claustrophobic trying to battle it out with the Calrec Sound Microphone! Fun perhaps but dangerously misguided.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nDelicious Cookie Cutter Pop Dance, January 1, 2000\nReviewer: J. Collins "stoned-soul" (www.sufferingsappho.com)\nThe much maligned Stock Aitken and Waterman wrote, produced, and performed on all of these tracks, and like the wealth of huge-selling Brit Pop they put out in the mid-to-late '80s, this album is a surface-level pleasure. Listen too deeply and you might notice that Donna abandons all pretense of delicacy, and simply sings out. Fortunately, Donna Summer "singing out" is a blessing, and the un-adventurous pop-dance ditties here are more than adequate vehicles for her huge voice. Despite a certain "homogenized" tone to the recording, the melodies are upbeat and memorable, and SAW's signature sound is augmented with candy-sweet hooks, like the synthesized strings. There are no surprises here, just solid tunecraft: "This Time I Know..." was a worthy comeback hit for Donna, "Breakaway" and "Whatever Your Heart Desires" are pure Pop gems, and "Love's About To Change My Heart" is one of the most affecting songs Donna has ever recorded. So ignore critics who complain about the SAW musical assembly line, and ignore all those who say that an "artiste" of Donna's caliber was shlepping for a fast and easy hit when she agreed to work with SAW. This album may be a "guilty" Pop pleasure, but it's a very satisfying one.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nsynth-pop is good, July 18, 1998\nReviewer: Daniel (djdano@worldnet.att.net) (San Diego)\nA lot of people don't realize that Donna Summer really doesn't do soul music; she does Euro. Her hits of the late 70s were produced by Giorgio Moroder who pioneered what is presently referred to as euro-disco. It's isnt suprising that in the late 80s she would team with Stock, Aitken and Waterman to make an album; they were the epitemy of euro-dance in the late 80s. This album is a collection of dance-pop in the style of Rick Astly and some of the songs are really nice. I liked this CD when it was big, I don't listen to it too much now.\n\nHalf.com Details \nProducer: Stock Aitken Waterman \n\nAlbum Notes\nPersonnel: Donna Summer (vocals): Matt Aitken (guitar, keyboards); Mike Stock (keyboards, background vocals); George De Angelis (keyboards); A. Linn (drums); Dee Lewis, Mae McKenna (background vocals).\n\nRecorded at PWL, London, England.
This rock cd contains 10 tracks and runs 37min 38sec.
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  1. Donna Summer - I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (03:28)
  2. Donna Summer - When Love Takes Over You (04:13)
  3. Donna Summer - This Time I Know It's For Real (03:38)
  4. Donna Summer - The Only One (03:55)
  5. Donna Summer - In Another Place And Time (03:22)
  6. Donna Summer - Sentimental (03:11)
  7. Donna Summer - Whatever Your Heart Desires (03:52)
  8. Donna Summer - Breakaway (04:04)
  9. Donna Summer - If It Makes You Feel Good (03:45)
  10. Donna Summer - Love's About To Change My Heart (04:03)


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