Picks and Pans Review: Diana and Donna...Dance Classics Redux
updated 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/18/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•Bad Girls, Donna Summer: When "Hot Stuff" seamlessly segues into "Bad Girls" on the remastered version of the original album, it still packs a killer one-two punch. But it's Disc 2, featuring extended mixes of nine of Summer's disco-heyday hits, that will really make you feel love for this collection. Included is an epic 17½-minute "MacArthur Park Suite," a medley highlighted by her brilliant cover of Jimmy Webb's "MacArthur Park."
•Diana, Diana Ross: The original producers' version submitted by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards accompanies the classic album that Motown had remixed without them. Disc 2, subtitled Diana: Dance, is a collector's dream with '70s Ross club faves, a disco medley of Supremes hits and previously unreleased tracks, including a 10-minute mix of "Love Hangover" that turns the heavy-breather into a gospel rave-up.