Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
She Works Hard for the Money
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
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More of Why We Love Donna!
KRA | East End of LI | 08/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the debacle of the prior years Quincy Jones produced "Donna Summer" album, she was close to ending her legal battle with the former Casablanca Record Label (then taken over by Polygram (USA) and Phonogram (rest of the world).
A condition of the settlement was that Donna owed her former label one more original studio album, and thus, She Works Hard For The Money was born.
Released on Polygram's Mercury Label (strange since Polygram was still using the Casablanca brand at that time), the tag line for the albums marketing push was "made to order, with more of what you love summer for". This tag line was quite on the mark for as the prior's years Donna Summer album was anything BUT Donna's creation, she had a lot of input in the She Works Hard...album.
Produced by Michael Omartian (best known for his work with early 80's superstar Christopher Cross), most of the songs here were either written or co-written by Summer, and some are true gems.
She Workd Hard For The Money was the albums mega-hit, and although it was called by many a throwback to her 70's glory days, it was a very 80's track, and showed that she was not going away. Some of the tracks here are very message orientated, and as Rolling Stone reported, Donna is at her best when she keeps us guessing. As RS put it, He's A Rebel (her 3rd Grammy Winner) could be about Jesus, or James Dean. Stop, Look, and Listen (to your heart), and Women also fit this description.
Rounding out this collection are the ballads, Love Has a Mind Of It's Own (a song that became a huge AC radio hit), I Do Believe I Feel In Love (compare either of these to the Women In Me on the Donna Summer album), and the regae influence of Unconditional Love.
To me the standout track is People, People, this awesome song, that again could have many meanings is Donna at her best, and her vocals shine to new heights.
She Works Hard, indeed!
Summer tries to escape her disco connection
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 07/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Still trying to distance herself from her disco days, Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money" has more in common with 1981's "I'm a Rainbow" than it does the singer's classic '70's albums, as well as the Quincy Jones-produced album from 1982. Like "Rainbow", "...Money" is more pop-oriented and achieves a margin of success.Summer is good on the title cut, "Woman", "Unconditional Love", "Tokyo", "People People", and the touching ballad "Love Has a Mind of its Own" (sharing lead vocals with Matthew Ward).Unfortunately, the record-buying public still had such strong memories of Summer in her heyday. Though successful, "She Works Hard for the Money" paled in sales comparison to the likes of "Bad Girls" or "Live and More".It's too bad that Madonna - who was going to take the world by storm in a couple - would be the one that patterned "reinvention". Summer did her best to do just the same."
Queen Deb | Raleigh, NC | 04/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Donna Summer has no equal. She has a very distinctive style and delivery. Her voice is so clear. Because so many vocalists fail to enunciate, the message is lost. "She Works Hard For the Money" is the theme song for all working women, particularly women in the service industry! Although it did not get a great deal of attention, I particularly liked "Tokyo". "Unconditional Love" with Musical Youth shows her versatility. This CD is truly eclectic! If you are a Donna Summer, you must buy this CD!"