November 15, 2012

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4 Rare and Unreleased Donna Summer songs

The Queen of Disco passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. In addition to the vast number of releases she had, there are many songs that have remained unreleased and unheard for a long time. Among them were "My Life", "Love On And On", "Valley Of The Moon", and "Adonai." Certain versions of these four songs have surfaced during the last few months since her death.

My Life (Junior Vasquez & Welcome Mix)
This was a song from her Ordinary Girl stage show that was about her life. The song was written at some time during the 90s. She performed the song publicly during her 1999 VH1 special Live & More Encore! and at a few dates on the accompanying tour, however, the original studio version of it remains locked up. It can be said that Donna's vocals during that live performance were so perfect that this recording is close enough to a studio version. A special remix by Junior Vasquez and Welcome was produced at some point in the mid 90s. It was only played by Junior during his sets at his many residencies. A good amount of it surfaced in a megamix recently.

-Listen to the Junior Vasquez mix here (YouTube)

Love On And On (Original Version)
This song was recorded for the 54 movie soundtrack, however, for whatever reason it wasn't included nor was it in the movie. A Hex Hector and Mac Quayle remix appeared as a bonus track on some editions of her "I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)" single, however, the original version produced by Richie Jones remained unreleased. WKTU in New York used to play that version. Another singer named Lorraine Cato also recorded this song and it has remixes by David Morales, E-Motion, and Eddie Fingers.

-Listen to the Original Version here (YouTube)

Valley Of The Moon (Tony Moran & Jody Den Broeder Club Mix)
A clip of this was played along with several other songs on her website in 2005. The song was written by Donna, Nathan DiGesare, and Tony Moran. The original was a deep house song. Tony Moran with Jody Den Broeder produced a private remix of the song that Tony has played a few times over the years. A good amount of this remix was featured in Tony's latest podcast.

-Listen to some of the Tony Moran & Jody Den Broeder mix here (Podomatic)
(the song begins at 1 hour, 17 minutes, 13 seconds into the podcast)

This was also featured in that same set of clips in 2005. It is a spiritually-themed midtempo UK Garage song.

-Listen to the song here (Soundcloud)


Unknown said...

i wish all these unreleases songs see the light seem to be very indiferent and unwilling to promote her legacy.

Unknown said...

There have been a few reissues and expanded editions released through other companies with full cooperation from her estate. Though I think the reason they are taking their time and not doing a bunch of them just to make a quick buck is because Donna probably wouldn't want it done like that. If it's done, it has to be done right. I like that they are not being exploitative in the way some estates have been for other late artists.

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