COLLECTOR'S NOTE #2: Shout It Out - never has one collection of third rate tracks been released so many times! LOL For those of you who have never encountered this CD (or maybe I should say these CDs), it is a collection of tracks recorded back in the early 70s. Originally most of us just assumed that these were demo tracks that Donna recorded while she was still in Germany. Well, that's not the case. Ruud from the Endless Summer board did a little research and this is what he came up with:
When Donna finished doing musicals in the early 70's she joint a group called "The Veith Marvos Red Point Orchestra". This was a group of singers of all nationalities like "The Les Humpries singers", who were very popular back then and had many top 10 hits like "Mexico", "To my Fathers house" and "Old time religion" (Liz Mitchel - later the lead singer of BoneyM was a member of them). The VMRPO made only one album and that was re-released (and remixed) in 1983 called: "Donna Summer and friends". Later they released it as an album of Donna (1984 UK as "Shout it out" and Belgium as "I love to dance") And in 1987 they started to release it on CD. As far as I know there are about 32 different releases of the same CD (in 2 different versions, one "original" and one remixed) The original albums is from 1971 or 1972 (I'm not sure about that). (Essay by Ruud - taken from the Endless Summer forum.)
As Ruud said, there are 2 different versions of this album - an original version and then a remixed version that was updated to make it a bit more palatable to the 80s listeners. There's no real way to know which version of the CD you are buying until it's playing in your CD player, but the remixed songs are longer than the originals. The track lists and running times are as follows:
NON-REMIXED VERSION Fun Street (5:12) Little Marie (2:57) Shout It Out (3:37) They Can't Take Away Our Music (6:27) Back Off Boogaloo (3:43) Jeannie (3:50) Nice To See You (3:35) Na Na Hey Hey (3:50) Do What Mother Do (4:05) Total time .... 37:16
REMIXED VERSION Na Na Hey Hey (6:00) They Can't Take Away Our Music (6:11) Jeannie (5:09) Little Marie (6:10) Shout It Out (6:05) Fun Street (5:40) Back Off Boogaloo (5:31) Nice To See You (5:43) Do What Mother Do (5:51) Total time .... 52:20
This collection of tracks has been released so many times under so many different titles that it is very easy to find on and off line. However, it's not really worth wasting your money on. But having said that, I know there are completists out there who will want to have it anyway. So my advice to you is to pay as little as possible, and try to find a version with a halfway decent cover picture. I've seen Shout It Out sell for a wide range of prices, but if you pay more than "bargain bin" prices for it, you are being ripped off.