Seemingly, a live album and a studio album are two different worlds. But for her seventh album, Donna Summer would fuse the two together.
In August 1978, she released the double album Live and More and it would truly live up to the title. While the majority of the album (the first three sides) was recorded live at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the last side comprised entirely of studio recording of new material. Among the songs performed by Summer, and captured on the album included “Love to Love You Baby”, “Last Dance”, “Mimi’s Song”, and “I Feel Love”. Summer also experimented with other musical styles, covering jazz standards such as the Duke Ellington co-penned “I Got it Bad (and That Ain’t Good” and George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love”. She also performs a cover of Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”.
For the studio side, it comprised of the 17 minute-plus medley titled “MacArthur Park Suite”. It consisted of four tracks including “Heaven Knows”, which would go on to be a top five single. The medley’s lead single was the Jimmy Webb penned title song, and when released as a single, would become Summer’s first number one pop hit.
As for the Live and More, it would become Summer’s first number one album, and would go on to be certified double platinum in the U.S. More importantly, it would be the first of three consecutive chart-topping double albums Summer would achieve between 1978 and 1980.