Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy (1976)

A Love Trilogy is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on March 5, 1976, just eight months after her international breakthrough with the single and album of the same name – “Love To Love You Baby“. The bold, sexual nature of that particular song had earned Summer the title “The first lady of love.” By now Summer’s work was being distributed in the U.S. by Casablanca Records, and the label encouraged Summer, Moroder and team to continue in this vein. A Love Trilogy uses the first side for one long disco track in three distinct movements (‘Try Me’, ‘I Know’, ‘We Can Make It’, and coalescing into the “love trilogy” of the title – “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It“. Side Two contained three additional erotic disco songs, including a cover of Barry Manilow‘s “Could It Be Magic“. The album’s artwork showed Summer floating light-heartedly through the clouds, again adding to the image of her as a fantasy figure.

The album sold well across the world, (it was her second, consecutive album to be certified Gold in the United States) and again topped the national US Disco charts. Edited versions of “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” and “Could It Be Magic” did not reach the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, but the latter was a sizable R&B hit (#21) and disco hit (#3). Casablanca released a 12-inch version of “Try Me I Know We Can Make It” with “Love to Love You Baby” on the reverse side. The single “Could It Be Magic” was a Top 5 hit in the Netherlands.

Tracklist

1.  “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” (Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer) – 17:57
2.  “Prelude to Love” (Bellotte, Moroder, Summer) – 1:06)
3.  “Could It Be Magic” (Adrienne Anderson, Barry Manilow) – 5:19
4.  “Wasted” (Bellotte, Moroder) – 5:09
5.  “Come With Me” (Bellotte, Moroder) – 4:22

Personnel

  • Donna Summer – vocals, composer
  • Giorgio Moroder – bass guitar, composer, producer and synthesizer
  • Pete Bellotte – composer, producer
  • Backing vocals: Madeline Bell, Sunny Leslie, Sue Glover (the Midnite Ladies)
  • Other musicians on this album were known collectively as “Munich Machine” and worked on a variety of Moroder/Bellotte productions from this period.
  • Munich Machine are: Thor Baldursson – string arrangement, Frank Diez – guitar, Keith Forsey – drums, Martin Harrison – drums, Molly Moll – guitar, Gary Unwin – bass, Les Hurdle  – bass

Production

Notes
Released: March 5, 1976
Recorded: 1975 Studio Musicland Studios, Munich
Genre: Disco
Length: 33:49

Label – Philips/Oasis Records

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