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Reissue Talk #40


Product Description from Amazon UK
For the first time in history, Donna summer's iconic studio albums are presented in one box set. This exquisitely packaged 33CD box set (within 24 individual 'albums'), features 329 tracks and collates all of Donna summer's 17 studio albums, from her debut 'Lady of the night' Up to 2008's 'Crayons'. Also included are 1978's 'live and more', 1980's 'on the radio' And 1999's 'live & More encore!', along with four bonus double-cds of '7" Single versions', '12" Single versions', 'remixes' And 'non-studio album singles & extended mixes', that include one-off recordings, which have been considered rarities over the years.
The box set includes the debut official commercial release of 'my life' [Junior Vasquez private collection mix]. the individual re-mastered albums are packaged in mini replica sleeves, with inner wallets. A 40-page 12"x12" Hardback book, includes the album label copy Information, as well as a newly commissioned 25, 000+ word essay by noted us writer, Christian John wikane, which starts with a foreword by long-term friend, collaborator and producer GIORGIO MORORDER. The essay features new interviews with many of donna's collaborators, including GIORGIO moroder's production partner Pete bellotte.
Also included are special new personal tributes from twenty-five industry legends, including Nile Rodgers, Philip Bailey, George Benson, Liza minnelli and bootsy Collins. Donna summer gained prominence during the 1970s disco era, propelled by her incessant and creative driving force behind the genre's global popularity, rightly earning the title "Queen Of disco" And becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the entire decade. Her catalogue has sold more than 130 million units worldwide and this special edition proves that she was able to accommodate new musical and production styles.
Donna was the first artist to have three consecutive double-albums, reach no. 1 on the US Billboard charts and also became the first artist to achieve four no. 1 singles in a thirteen month period. Donna worked with legendary producers GIORGIO MORORDER, Pete bellotte, Harold faltermeyer, John Barry, Quincy Jones, Richard Perry, stock aitken waterman, Michael omartian and Keith Diamond. Her Records have also been remixed by many of the great club producers, including Tony Moran, Junior Vasquez, Frankie knuckles, Eric kupper, masters at work and Jason nevins amongst others. The most comprehensive collection ever!

Nick Ashford was someone I greatly admired, had the honor of knowing, and was the real-life inspiration for Cowboy Curtis' hair. RIP Nick. - Pee Wee Herman
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Reply #1 posted 01/26/20 5:50pm


hmmm I'll have to check out that set,to see if it's worth it

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Reply #2 posted 01/27/20 8:20am



All Donna’s albums in one box • Remastered • Massive amount of bonus material • Large format • Hardcover book • Expensive, but limited

A new comprehensive 33CD box set, Encore, will bring together remastered versions all of Donna Summer‘s 17 studio albums and offer eight bonus discs of rarities and non-album material.

Encore starts at the beginning with Lady of the Night from 1974 and works its way through the Casablanca era to the eighties, when Donna had spells on Geffen, Mercury and Atlantic. The last album is 2008’s Crayons. Also included are 1978’s Live And More, the 1979 compilation On The Radio and Live & More Encore! from 1999.

That totals 25 CDs and a further eight discs offer a massive 109 bonus tracks (there are 329 tracks in total). These include seven-inch mixes, 12-inch mixes, non-album rarities and other one-off recordings.

Encore – 33CD box set (click image to enlarge)

All the music is remastered and the albums are presented in mini-replica CD sleeves with inner wallets (the latter is welcome). These are all housed in a large format lift-off lid box set which comes with a 40-page 12” x 12” hardcover book which features a newly commissioned 25,000 words of sleeve notes by Christian John Wikane. The notes incorporate new interviews with many of Donna’s collaborators, including Giorgio Moroder’s production partner Pete Bellotte (Moroder himself provides a foreword).

Encore is limited to 1500 copies and will be released on 27 March via Crimson Productions (a Demon Music imprint).

Nick Ashford was someone I greatly admired, had the honor of knowing, and was the real-life inspiration for Cowboy Curtis' hair. RIP Nick. - Pee Wee Herman
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Reply #3 posted 01/30/20 1:56pm



Roberta Flack’s inimitable voice has stirred listeners for over 50 years. She’s had hits in the pop, R&B, and traditional vocal fields; earned six gold records, and achieved a multi-platinum success with Killing Me Softly. In April, Flack will be honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her lasting creative contributions. To mark the occasion, and Run Out Groove will release a special version of Flack’s debut on April 10.

First Take: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a 2CD/1LP set including a newly remastered version of the original album on CD and vinyl plus single edits, B-sides, a Flack guest appearance, and 12 unreleased tracks from the archive.

Recorded in February 1969, the aptly titled First Take introduced the world to Flack’s talents. But it wasn’t until 1972 – after her version of Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time I Saw Your Face” was featured in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me – that the album took off. The song would remain at No. 1 for six weeks and would win a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1973. Though it’s one of Flack’s most famous tracks, “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” is far from the only highlight on First Take. There are also songs written with longtime collaborator Donny Hathaway; a stunning cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”; and a version of “Compared To What,” which would become a hit in 1970 by Les McCann and Eddie Harris. McCann provides an introduction to the album’s liner notes, which were penned by soul music authority (and SoulMusic founder) David Nathan and are presented in a 12″x12″ hardcover book.

For longtime fans, the star of the three-disc set is no doubt the bonus disc. Flack has long been reticent to release archival material, but this set finally sees her opening the vault doors. It kicks off with a live version of “All The Way” from 1968 as released on Les McCann’s Les Is More, followed by 12 unreleased demos that Flack recorded in two days in November 1968 with producer Joel Dorn.

According to the press release, “she covers a range of genres, including her take on traditional songs (‘Frankie And Johnny’), blues standards (‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’), folk (‘The Song Is Love’), pop (‘To Sir With Love’) and R&B (‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’)”

First Take: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is limited to just 3,000 copies and is available exclusively from in association with Run Out Groove/Atlantic. You can find the track listing and pre-order link below!

Roberta Flack, First Take: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Run Out Groove/SoulMusic, 2020) (

CD 1 / LP: First Take remastered (album originally released as Atlantic LP SD-8230, 1969)

  1. Compared To What
  2. Angelitos Negros
  3. Our Ages Or Our Hearts
  4. I Told Jesus
  5. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
  6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  7. Tryin’ Times
  8. Ballad of the Sad Young Men
  9. Compared To What (single edit) (bonus track)
  10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (single edit) (bonus track)
  11. Trade Winds (B-side) (bonus track)

Track 9 originally released as B-side to “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” Atlantic single 45-2665, 1969.
Tracks 10 and 11 originally released on Atlantic single 45-2864, 1972.

CD 2: bonus tracks

* denotes previously unreleased demo

  1. All The Way (live)
  2. This Could Be The Start Of Something *
  3. Groove Me *
  4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out *
  5. Hush-A-Bye *
  6. Afro Blue *
  7. It’s Way Past Suppertime *
  8. Frankie And Johnny *
  9. On The Street Where You Live *
  10. The House Song *
  11. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough *
  12. The Song Is Love *
  13. To Sir With Love *

Track 1 released on Les McCann, Les Is More Night Records LP, VNLP-4, 1991

Nick Ashford was someone I greatly admired, had the honor of knowing, and was the real-life inspiration for Cowboy Curtis' hair. RIP Nick. - Pee Wee Herman
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Reply #4 posted 01/31/20 12:57pm


the Donna Summer set looks nice,but I don't think I'll get it.I have all of her albums already,in one form or another and there aren't enough rare bonus tracks to justify buying.I am curious about the hardcover book that comes with it,though.

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Reply #5 posted 02/05/20 1:59pm



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Village People were a phenomenon and one of the most successful pop groups of the late-1970s, selling tens of millions of records worldwide, charting one of the all-time Top 40 best-selling singles. They were known for their catchy tunes, on-stage costumes and suggestive lyrics but they transcended all barriers. They simply released great pop records, which were mostly composed and produced by Jacques Morali for Can't Stop Productions, Inc., who came up with the group's concept. This 9 album collection covers the group's albums from the debut 1977 'Village People', up to 1985's 'Sex Over The Phone', including 1979's double album 'Live And Sleazy', which has been reproduced within the set on two discs. The albums are packaged in mini replica sleeves, including gatefold wallets for 'Live And Sleazy' and 'Can't Stop The Music'. For the 40th anniversary of the group, Victor Willis re-joined and backed by a live band, Village People continue to thrill concert-goers around the world - as they did back in the day - and as seen in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve 2019, the eve of a sixth decade of their popularity.

1. San Francisco (You've Got Me)
2. In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)
3. Fire Island
4. Village People

1. Macho Man
2. I Am What I Am
3. Key West
4. Medley: Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
5. Sodom And Gomorrah

1. Y.M.C.A.
2. The Women
3. I'm A Cruiser
4. Hot Cop
5. My Roomate
6. Ups And Downs

1. In The Navy
2. Go West
3. Citizens Of The World
4. I Wanna Shake Your Hand
5. Get Away Holiday
6. Manhattan Woman

1. Fire Island
2. Hot Cop
3. San Francisco (You've Got Me)
4. In Hollywood (Everybody Is A Star)
5. Macho Man
6. In The Navy
7. Y.M.C.A.

1. Sleazy
2. Rock & Roll Is Back Again
3. Ready For The 80's
4. Save Me (Ballad)
5. Save Me (Up - Tempo)

1. Village People - Can't Stop The Music
2. David London - Samantha
3. The Ritchie Family - Give Me A Break
4. Village People - Liberation
5. Village People - Magic Night
6. David London - The Sound Of The City
7. Village People - Milkshake
8. Village People - Y.M.C.A.
9. Village People - I Love You To Death
10. The Ritchie Family - Sophistication

1. (Do You Wanna) Spend The Night
2. 5 O'Clock In The Morning
3. Fireman
4. Jungle City
5. Action Man
6. Big Mac
7. Diet
8. Food Fight

1. Fox On The Box
2. In The Street
3. Lonely Lady
4. Everybody Loves The Funk
5. Success
6. Spaced Out
7. Play Bach
8. Radio Freak

1. Sex Over The Phone
2. New York City
3. Just Give Me What I Want
4. I Won't Take No For Answer
5. Power Of The Night
6. Sexual Education
7. Sensual
8. Sex Over The Phone (Nouvel Enregistrement Clubs)
Nick Ashford was someone I greatly admired, had the honor of knowing, and was the real-life inspiration for Cowboy Curtis' hair. RIP Nick. - Pee Wee Herman
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Reply #6 posted 02/08/20 10:26am


^^It surprises me when I see these massive box sets for groups like the Village People (let's face it,they were basically a novelty act),but strangely,there aren't any sets like these for great bands like the Commodores,Frankie Beverly and Maze or Cameo.


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Reply #7 posted 02/14/20 2:56pm



To celebrate that album’s 35th anniversary, on this, its literal 35th anniversary, Vinyl Me, Please is hyped to announce a deluxe edition of the album. Coming on 180g 2LP peaches and cream colored vinyl, this edition of Whitney Houston comes packaged in a boxset that includes:

  • Whitney Dancin’ Special, a previously Japan-only EP that remixes some of the songs on Whitney Houston into dancefloor smashes
  • A color hardcover booklet featuring new liner notes about the album, color photos from behind the scenes of the making of the album, and other ephemera

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