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

Long before Beyoncé and Ashanti, there were Diana Ross and Donna Summer. These inimitable divas' bestselling studio albums, Ross's 1980 disco hit Diana and Summer's 1979 double disc Bad Girls, have both been reissued as deluxe two-CD sets that will again turn dance floors upside down with their hot stuff.

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.

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