Donna Summer — I Feel Love

"I Feel Love" is a song by Donna Summer, taken from her 1977 concept album I Remember Yesterday. The song originally symbolised the 'future' segment of the album, which loosely depicted a musical trip through time. The title track of the I Remember Yesterday album represented the 1940s, "Love's Unkind" the 50s, "Back in Love Again" the 60s, while the album concluded with the futuristic "I Feel Love". The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and number nine on the Hot Soul Chart.

Before "I Feel Love", most disco recordings were backed by acoustic orchestras. Although such mid 1970s bands as Kraftwerk had pioneered all-electronic music, it has been said that this song is the first disco-style song recorded with an entirely synthesized backing track, and has been enormously influential in the development of disco, electronica, house and techno thanks to Giorgio Moroder's innovative production. In particular, the song popularised the insistent, robotic bass line, which has been frequently imitated ever since.

According to David Bowie, then in the middle of his own groundbreaking 'Berlin Trilogy', its impact on the genre's direction was recognized early on:

“One day in Berlin ... Brian Eno came running in and said, 'I have heard the sound of the future.' … he puts on 'I Feel Love', by Donna Summer … He said, 'This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.' Which was more or less right. ”

The original album version of the song lasted almost six minutes. The song was extended for its release as a 12" maxi-single, the eight-minute version is included on the 1989 compilation The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles. The song was only very slightly edited on the 7" format, with the fade-in opening sound reaching maximum volume quicker. A version which fades out at 3:45, before the third verse and the final choruses, has however been included on a large number of greatest hits packages and other compilations issued by PolyGram, Mercury Records, Universal Music and others, such as 1994's Endless Summer: Greatest Hits and 2003's The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "I Feel Love" #411 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The review for the song stated that Moroder and Summer "claimed tomorrow in the name of disco."

Patrick Cowley's 12" remix which clocks in at 15:45 became a dance floor hit all over again - five years after its original release, and was also re-issued as an edited 7" single which reached #21 on the UK singles chart.

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