Once Upon a Time is the sixth studio album by Donna Summer and was released on October 25, 1977.
OUAT hit No. 26 on the US Billboard 200, number thirteen on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 24 on the UK Albums Chart. The entire album charted as one entry at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Discochart. Once Upon a Time includes the singles “I Love You”, “Fairy Tale High”, “Once Upon a Time” and “Rumour Has It”. Originally the album was not as successful as Summer’s previous album I Remember Yesterday’; but now occupies a special place in music history despite the fact that it did not produce a single stand alone hit.
The concept album was Summer’s first double album, telling a modern-day Cinderella-themed story through means of disco music. The album’s story concept was conceived by Joyce Bogart, Susan Munao and Donna Summer based on an idea by Al Bogatz. The songs were written in collaboration between Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
Throughout the album and as described in the liner notes storyline, the songs tell the story of a young woman who lives in a fantasy world of make-believe in which she is seemingly trapped, but thanks to her belief in her dreams she embarks on an adventure that ends with the man she loves entering her life. The “rags to riches” story is brought into the modern day via the use of the electronic disco sound.
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Below is the 35 minute Once Upon A Time Suite” mixed by the very talented leftatalbuquerque on Youtube
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1. “Once Upon a Time” 4:02
2. “Faster And Faster To Nowhere” 3:34
3. “Fairy Tale High” 4:25
4. “Say Something Nice” 4:44
5. “Now I Need You” 6:09
6. “Working the Midnight Shift” 5:07
7. “Queen for a Day” 5:59
8. “If You Got It Flaunt It” 4:43
9. “A Man Like You” 3:34
10. “Sweet Romance” 4:31
11. “(Theme) Once Upon a Time” 0:48
12. “Dance Into My Life” 4:10
13. “Rumour Has It” 4:57
14. “I Love You” 4:43
15. “Happily Ever After” 3:51
16. “(Theme) Once Upon a Time”