"This is the sound of the future", Brian Eno said to David Bowie in the midst if recording the Berlin trilogy, a series of albums that changed the course of alternative and ambient music forever. It's hard to think that the inspiration was actually disco.
Donna Summer's "I Remember Yesterday" was released in 1977 and was already her fifth album. And like her previous releases, it's a concept album, this time about the different eras of music. The album kicks off with a fourties ragtime pastische.. with a disco sound. Does that work? Sometimes. Not quite. Second song "Love's Unkind" remembers the fifties and a more virginal, innocent outlook on love, and this suits Donna a lot better. But let's be honest here, she shouldn't venture that far from what she does best, which is sexualized disco as in "Take Me", and the album closer, the synth dripping Giorgio Moroder produced classic "I Feel Love".
Brian Eno was right though.