Donna Summer - I Feel Love 1977 (High Quality)
Official video for the song does not exist. For the best quality for a synchronization I had to compile this vid from few different sources.
"I Feel Love" is a song by American recording artist Donna Summer, produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. It was first released on Summer's fifth studio album, I Remember Yesterday (1977). The song became popular during the disco period and is widely credited as "one of the most influential records ever made", originating electronic dance music. Moroder described Summer's work with him on the song as "really the start of electronic dance" music. In 2011, the Library of Congress added the song to the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important".
In 1970s Munich, Musicland Studios, led by producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte, had produced a number of disco hits, including Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" (1975). Summer had moved to Munich to perform in the musical Hair, and had become a successful session vocalist. Moroder described her as "an incredibly talented singer, who could improvise but was also very disciplined".
Summer's fifth album, I Remember Yesterday (1977), would be a concept album with each track evoking a different musical decade, such as 40s swing, 60s girl groups, and 70s funk and disco. For the final track, "I Feel Love", the team wanted to create a futuristic mood.
Before "I Feel Love", most disco recordings were backed by orchestras. Instead, the team produced "I Feel Love" with a Moog Modular 3P synthesizer borrowed from the classical composer Eberhard Schoener, aided by Schoener's assistant, Robby Wedel. Wedel proved essential for using the technically complex synthesizer, and Moroder described him as the "unsung hero" of the project. He demonstrated how to synchronize the song's various elements using an internal click track, a feat Moroder described as "a revelation".
The song was recorded on a 16-track tape recorder, with the various parts played on a sequencer. As the Moog went out of tune quickly, it had to be recorded in bursts of twenty or thirty seconds before being retuned. To create the hi-hat sound, the team took white noise generated by the Moog and processed it with an envelope. As the Moog could not create an appropriate kick drum sound, the kick was played on a drum kit by session drummer Keith Forsey. Aside from Summer's vocals, the kick drum is the only element of the song not played by a machine.
Bellotte wrote the lyrics, which Summer recorded in one take. In contrast to the deeper chest voice of most disco vocals, Summer sang in head voice, which Pitchfork described as "breathy and angelic".
Unusually for a disco track of that era, Moroder composed the backing track and bassline before the melody. He introduced a variety by altering the key at regular intervals and layering in Summer's vocals.
Each note of the bassline is doubled by a delay effect. The unmodified bassline plays through the left channel and the slightly delayed repetition through the right, creating a flickering, strobe-like effect.
According to David Bowie, then in the middle of recording of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno, its impact on the genre's direction was recognized early on; "One day in Berlin ... Eno came running in and said, "I have heard the sound of the future."... he puts on "I Feel Love," by Donna Summer ... He said, "This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years." Which was more or less right.