Once Upon a Time is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on October 31, 1977. Donna Summer and her liberators have created one audience and redefined another, and this record’s four sides of dream worlds without end sometimes manipulate each audience. The candy-girl music of “Fairy Tale High,” “Queen for a Day,” and “If You Got It Flaunt It” explicitly recognizes her newly created gay audience, a daring acknowledgement coming from a mainstream pop star. As for her redefined audience of naïve young things who live in the suburbs and dream of romance, adventure, and sex while they search for identity, Summer works her music into a true-to-life Cinderella story staged as four acts of impatient pulse, delirious space noise, wish-upon-a-star voice monologues, and motion.
The concept album was Summer’s (and Disco’s) first double album, telling a modern-day Cinderella-themed story through means of disco music. The album’s story concept was conceived by Joyce Bogart, Susan Munao and Donna Summer based on an idea by Al Bogatz. The songs were written in collaboration between Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. The album was her last to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich.
Video: Donna Summer – Once Upon A Time 1977
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