Personnel: Donna Summer (rap vocals, background vocals); Donna Summer (vocals); Brooklyn Sudano, Marietta Waters, Amanda Grace Sudano, Larry Lee, Larry Michael Lee, Barbra Streisand (vocals); Neil Thomas (rap vocals); Ernie Watts (tenor, tenor saxophone); Matt Aitken (guitar, keyboards); Pete Bellotte (guitar, percussion); Mats Bjorklund, Donald Griffin, Trevor Veitch, Molly Moll, Geoff Bastow, Wesley Plass, Jay Graydon, Joe Taylor , Al Perkins , Marty Walsh, Michael Landau, Michael Sembello, Nick Woodland, Skip McDonald, Steve Lukather, Timothy May , Ben Benay (guitar); Nick Moroch (wah-wah guitar); Julieanne Klopotic (violin); Michelle Kinney (cello); The Sid Sharp Strings, Sid Sharp (strings); Gary Herbig (clarinet, saxophone, brass); Dick Hyde, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (brass, horns); Benny Gebauer, David Luell, Dino Solera, Jon Kip, Hanus Berka, Erik Zobler, Jef Coolen, Rick Blanc, Hermann Breuer, Lee Harper, Steve Madaio, Jack Redmond, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (brass); Dara Lynn Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard (horns, background vocals); Chuck Findley, Matthew Ward, Charles Loper (horns); Harold Faltermeyer (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard bass, programming); Jai Winding, Bill Payne (piano); Greg Phillinganes, Silvester Levay (keyboards, synthesizer); Thor Baldursson (keyboards, Moog synthesizer); Bob Esty (keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Mac Quayle (keyboards, programming); George DeAngelis, Matt Aiken, Eve Nelson, Don Gregorio, Michael Thatcher, Keith Diamond, Alan Hawkshaw, Mike Stock (keyboards); Brenda Russell (synthesizer, background vocals); David Paich (synthesizer); Dan Wyman, Robert Wedel (Moog synthesizer); Don Dorsey (Synclavier); Michael Boddicker (vocoder, drum programming); John Pierce , Lee Sklar, Les Hurdle (bass guitar); Larry Klein (fretless bass); Keith Forsey (drums, percussion); Michael Baird , James Gadson, A. Linn, Joe Hornoff, Martin Harrison (drums); Lenny Castro (congas); Howie Rice (claves); Alan Estes, Collyer Spreen, Terral "Terry" Santiel, Bernie Brocks, Joseph Spector, Paulinho Da Costa, Bob Conti (percussion); Lil' Louis, Marcus Brown (programming); John Gilston (drum programming); Chris Bennett, Luther Waters, Joe Turano, Robert Kelley, Dee Lewis, Petsye Powell, Eddie Hokenson, Charles Vassy, LA Crew, Dani McCormick, Jerry Rix, Lisa Roberts, Gitta Walther, Susannah Melvoin, Donna Fein, Gitta, Eugene VanBuren, Betsy, Lucy ONeale, Howard Hewett, Julia Tillman, Carolyn Dennis, James Ingram , Edo Zanki, Joe Esposito, Judy Cheeks, Julia Waters, Khaliq Glover, Mae McKenna, Matthew West , Maxi Anderson, Maxine Willard Waters, Mike Scott , Pattie Brooks, Phillip Ingram, Portia Griffin, Richard Page, Siedah Garrett, Stephanie Spruill, Steve George, Terry Williams , Bill Champlin, Marti McCall, Bruce Sudano, Bunny Hull, Carmen Grillo (background vocals); Giorgio Moroder (vocals, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, percussion); Brooklyn Dreams (vocals, background vocals); Musical Youth (vocals); Jeff Baxter, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Greg Mathieson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, electric piano, keyboards); Steve Lindsey (piano, organ, synthesizer, drum programming); Michael Omartian (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums); Munich Machine.
Audio Mixers: Pete Bellotte; Giorgio Moroder; Harold Faltermeyer; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Uli Rudolf ; Uli Rudolph; George Karras; Gerard Smerek; Bruce Carbone; John Guess; J'rgen Koppers; Julian Beeston ; Keith Diamond; Steve Bates; Steve Shepherd; Bruce Swedien.
Liner Note Author: Brian Chin .
Recording information: Allen Zentz Recording; Arco Studios, Munich, Germany; Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA; Fibre Studios, New York, NY; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Lion Share Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany; Oasis Studio; PWL, London, England; Record Plant, NY; Rhema Studios, Beverly Hills, CA; Rusk Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Studio 55, Los Angeles, CA; Union Studio, Munich, Germany; United Western Studios, Hollywood, CA; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Harry Langdon; Lawrence Lawry; Francesco Scavullo.
Unknown Contributor Role: Harold Faltermeyer.
Arrangers: Greg Mathieson; Giorgio Moroder; Harold Faltermeyer; Michael Omartian; Keith Diamond; Thor Baldursson; Bob Esty.
Gold isn't the first Donna Summer compilation (it isn't even the 24th), and you can bet it won't be the last. Released by the reputable Hip-O, it's a two-disc set containing an overly generous list of 34 songs, roughly half of which will be of no consequence to those only wanting the big dancefloor hits from the '70s and '80s -- "I Feel Love," "Love to Love You Baby," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "On the Radio," "She Works Hard for the Money," and the like. All the obvious picks are included, along with just about every other chart entry through 2004. Though this does have the advantage of being an up-to-date anthology as of early 2005, the track listing is too extensive to appeal to those who want a quicker introduction (and there are several of those floating around). This set does score points for snaring "Spring Affair," an excellent Giorgio Moroder collaboration from 1976 that gets unfairly lost in the shuffle of the more familiar singles. ~ Andy Kellman