Record guide: selected rock and pop releases

These capsule reviews are designed to help readers decide which records to buy. Inclusion does not indicate Monitor endorsement. Further reviews in the rock/pop category - as well as in other categories, such as classical and jazz - are published from time to time.


Donna Summer: ''Donna Summer.'' GHS 2005. Miss Summer does some branching out on this album, which includes her version of Billy Strayhorn's ''Lush Life.'' But she's at her best when she returns to her roots in pop-disco. There's the single ''Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)'' with its propelling, danceable beat that makes for a good listen before it starts getting repetitive. The lyrics, generously offered on the record sleeve (along with the address of the Donna Summer Fan Club), make one glad that the words aren't very clear by listening to the song itself. ''State of Independence,'' written by Vangelis and Jon Anderson, and the patriotic ''Livin' in America,'' written by Donna herself, along with album producer Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, and others (a real group effort), also make it as tunes. The strengths of this album are in Donna's powerful singing, in the arranging, and, well . . . the good engineering work at the recording studio.

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