I Will Survive: Anthology Import
Two CDs' worth of Gaynor is, frankly, a lot: Beyond her two classics (the brilliant, cyclically relentless title track and "Never Can Say Goodbye"), there's not much that made it above the dustier reaches of the charts, and not much that deserved to. Gaynor was a disco diva by the numbers, and her career lived and died with the style--her records are generic in the sense that they were absolutely of their genre. So I Will Survive is programmed for discophiles more than for Gaynorphiles--the real star here is the production. The set includes three medleys that occupied full sides of her first three disco albums, as well as tracks from her '74-'81 albums that show off what her arrangers could do. --Douglas Wolk
Striking the right balance between the lush sound of disco and the driving beat of funk and soul, the tracks on both CDs unfold and give the listener just a hint of those days when night time adventures on the dance floor was magic.
Of course, the wildly popular "I Will Survive" starts off this set and then we get to two songs that have always been my favorites from Gaynor "Honey Bee" and "Never Can Say Goodbye," a remake of the Jackson Five song.
All songs are remastered and sound great. I even like the disco remakes of Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell's duet "You're All I Need To Get By" and Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By" because Gloria Gaynor is able to reinvent the song without taking away nor competing with the original. The same goes for the Jackson Five's "Never Can..."
And the price is right. The anthology also comes with a small booklet that includes liner notes by Brian Chin, pictures of the album covers, and song info that includes chart position.
Perfect for the disco fans out there who "never can say goodbye" to that wonderful music!