Thursday, May 15, 2008

Donna Summer/Cyndi Lauper album updates..


It's less than a week before the release of Donna Summer's "Crayons" and a number of album tracks have premiered on the Australian radio station, Joy 94.9 out of Melbourne, including this one, "It's Only Love," written/produced by the same team behind her club single "I'm A Fire" (Sebastian Arocha Morton, Al Kasha etc.). With the sensual feeling of "I'm A Fire" paired with a throbbing, hypnotic energy, it's an absolutely stunning contemporary dance track; in fact, I think it's club single material. Unfortunately though this won't be appearing on the standard North American release, but as a bonus track on the international release (scheduled for June 23) and reportedly as an exclusive on editions sold at Circuit City stores in the US.. Hear it here before it's gone..

I haven't been able to access it myself, but for those of you who can't wait until the release, you can stream the album in it's entirety at VH1's The Leak. Sooner or later, I'll put up a full review of the album..

Also, for those of you who want remixes, the first CD of mixes for her latest single "Stamp Your Feet," which I quite enjoy, are available officially and exclusively through Perfect Beat.

Speaking of veteran divas, Cyndi Lauper's returning with a dance album "Bring Ya To The Brink," coming out May 27th (already out in Japan). She'll be on the road this summer with the True Colors Tour and I'm kind of bummed that I won't be able to go to see her (and the awesome Nona Hendryx) on any of the Canadian stops.. As far as her album goes though, I'm not too crazy for the first single "Same Ol' Story," but I've heard some of the other tracks and I've liked what I've heard for the most part. With collaborators like Basement Jaxx, Kleerup, Axwell and the awesome Dragonette (my favourite Canadian band at the moment), there's bound to be something good on the record.

While at work last week, I heard a fun interview with her on one of my favourite shows, Jian Ghomeshi's Q on CBC Radio One where she talks about her disco roots, her Sylvester connection and goes off on her record company for calling this 'her first original album in 12 years.' Listen to the interview here.

PURCHASE:

DONNA SUMMER - CRAYONS (US CD) - RELEASED MAY 20
AMAZON.COM | CD UNIVERSE

DONNA SUMMER - CRAYONS (UK/INTERNATIONAL CD) - RELEASED JUNE 23
CD WOW | AMAZON.CO.UK | PLAY.COM

DONNA SUMMER - STAMP YOUR FEET (CD SINGLE)
PERFECT BEAT

CYNDI LAUPER - BRING YA TO THE BRINK (STANDARD CD) - RELEASED MAY 27
AMAZON.COM | CD UNIVERSE

CYNDI LAUPER - BRING YA TO THE BRINK (JAPAN CD) - RELEASED MAY 14
JPOPHELP | HMV.CO.JP

PREVIOUS RELATED ENTRIES:
NEW DONNA SUMMER ALBUM COMING IN MAY.. (WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2008)
BBC RADIO 2: CLASSIC SINGLES - I FEEL LOVE (SUNDAY DECEMBER 30, 2007)
TWIGGY DOES DISCO.. (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DONNA) (TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2007)
NEW DEAL FOR DONNA (THURSDAY AUGUST 3, 2006)
DONNA SUMMER - I GOT YOUR LOVE (MONDAY JANUARY 16, 2006)

DISCO DELIVERY #52: STAINLESS STEAL - CAN-CAN (1978, WARNER BROS.) (TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2008)
DISCO DELIVERY #40: MUNICH MACHINE - A WHITER SHADE OF PALE (1978, CASABLANCA) (SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2007)
DISCO DELIVERY #14: SUZI LANE - OOH LA LA (1979, ELEKTRA) (SATURDAY APRIL 8, 2006)
DISCO DELIVERY #5: GIORGIO MORODER - FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1977, OASIS/CASABLANCA) (FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2006)

LINKS:
DONNA SUMMER'S OFFICIAL SITE
DONNA SUMMER - OFFICIAL MYSPACE
VH1 - THE LEAK: DONNA SUMMER
SOULTRACKS: DONNA SUMMER - CRAYONS (ADVANCE REVIEW)

CYNDI LAUPER'S OFFICIAL SITE
CYNDI LAUPER - OFFICIAL MYSPACE
CYNDI LAUPER'S BRING YA TO THE BRINK - THE UNOFFICIAL SITE
ROLLING STONE: CYNDI LAUPER - BRING YA TO THE BRINK (ALBUM REVIEW)
TRUE COLORS TOUR

CATEGORIES: NUDISCO, DISCO NEWS

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, Thanks for posting the clip of the new Donna Summer track - its HOT. I can see me buying this album.

Cheers
Darryl

Eddy said...

Nice post, Tommy. I've been a fan of Donna Summer for years. Looking forward to hear some new material from her!

peachmahoney said...

I've heard both albums and they are both worth a listen. Donna's falls flat with a couple of tracks but it's still a fun listen. Cyndi, on the other hand, knocks it out of the park! Much better than Madonna's Hard Candy and nearly as good as Confessions. I expect to hear this in clubs for months to come.

Mike said...

I love Cyndi's album - it's such a stunning return to form. Donna's album, however, is fucking atrocious. You can check out my review on PTAs. I'm so disappointed with "Crayons". It sounds like something Cher regurgitated in 2001.

Anonymous said...

Even Donna's first single is a bore. It's nowhere near as good as anything Madonna has done recently. How does one lose an ear for quality anyway? I suspect that commercial appeal was all she went after. Hopefully Grace Jones will ride to the rescue and put these other comebacks to shame.

Anonymous said...

Oh Cyndi's album is fabulous and Donna's is crap. Let's see where Cyndi's fabulous album debuts, it's going to be way lower than Donna's that's for sure. Cyndi probably won't even make the Top 40, the poor dear.

Tommy said...

Hey Darryl, glad you enjoy the song. I love it too!

Hey Eddy, no problem.. :)

Hey Peachmahoney, having played both albums like crazy on my iPod this week, I'd agree - both are definitely worth a listen. Donna seems to be doing well with it so far, I'd hope Cyndi can do as well, too. I think her album sits extremely well along Madonna's "Hard Candy" - easily.

Hey Mike, sorry to hear you didn't like Crayons. Let's just say as much as I enjoy it, I can see why the reviews have been decidedly mixed so far. I definitely agree about Cyndi's album though! As always though, even when I don't agree, I always relish the Pop Trash perspective :)

Hey anonymouses, I hope Cyndi will do well, although I'm not sure.. Maybe when the True Colors tour gets off the ground, and if "into The Nightlife" gets a good reponse, things will pick up with her album.. Yeah, I personally would love to hear some new stuff from Grace.. If there's anyone who can deliver something defiantly original and forward looking, it'll be her. Somehow though, I suspect there will be more waiting. I suppose it'll be like one of her shows, where she's absurdly late, probably high on something-or-other, but ends up giving a show like nothing else - or so I've heard at least..

Anonymous said...

I was right, Cyndi's album failed to make the Top 40 (#41), and charted way lower than Donna's debut at #17. I do like Cyndi, but sorry fellas, she ain't no Donna and never was.

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