Donna Summer: I Feel Love

Inside the National Recording Registry

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cover for Donna Summer's single I Feel Love (Casablanca)

In 1977 Donna Summer released a single that changed the sound of dance music forever. It abandoned disco’s funky roots in favor of a driving electronic pulse. Summer’s voice and a kick-drum were the only things on “I Feel Love” not created by a synthesizer, recalls the song’s composer, Giorgio Moroder. “Everything you hear is electronic,” Moroder says, “the bass, the high-hat, the snare, which at that time, nobody did.”

Musicologist Eric Weisbard says she “pushes so hard at the top of her voice, that you are amazed and not quite sure what you’re hearing.” Brian Eno famously predicted that it would change the sound of club music for 15 years; he undershot by decades. The thunderous beat and distant ethereal vocals are still the language of today’s dance music.

“I Feel Love” was chosen for preservation in 2012 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Donna Summer will be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring. 

 

Video: "I Feel Love" (Live, 1978)

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  • I Feel Love
    Artist: Donna Summer
    Album: I Remember Yesterday
    Label: Island Def Jam
    Purchase: Amazon

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Erik Beith and Ben Manilla

Comments [3]

Holden caulfield

Haunting... Beautiful....

Dec. 07 2013 04:38 PM
wegley

I love her. I love her voice so much. The first time I heard this song was in 1997, I was a teemager by that time. I still love her songs and think her music will be forever inside our hearts and souls. I heve this EP in vinyl from the time of its release (1977) in perfect conservation. My precious one!

Apr. 01 2013 04:14 PM
Mike from Ny

That video!! That song!!

I'm not a fan of most of her commercial stuff, and not generally charmed by the way she usually looked. But in that vid she is gorgeous, she moves beautifully, she absolutely owns that stage. Doesn't have to do a production to grab your attention.

And wow, on that song she had the voice of the angels. Beautiful ethereal tone, with Stunning control of depth and vibrato and pitch. RIP Donna.

Mar. 20 2013 10:30 PM

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