State of Independence (4:24)

Cover of Endless Summer

From Endless Summer and 31 other releases

Donna Summer covered Jon & Vangelis’ State of Independence on her 1982 album Donna Summer as produced by Quincy Jones, and released it as the follow-up to her hit single “Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger)”. Summer’s version of the song features an all-star choir including among others Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, James Ingram, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. It reached Number 14 in Britain and 41 in the US.

Jones later claimed that it was the inspiration for the USA for Africa collaboration two years later, while Chris Martin of Coldplay has said that it was played continually by Brian Eno while they were recording the Viva la Vida album.


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  • firefly2811

    great track

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
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    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Good bye Donna, we will certainly miss you.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • jomabbs

    We've lost another beautiful voice.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • GaryExo

    Long-time favourite.

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    R I P Donna, we will miss you!

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • flickothewrist

    For me this song showcases her amazing vocal range more than any other, it is like a symphony and sends shivers every time I listen, marvellous Donna and thank you, goodbye

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Never mind just We Are The World, I sometimes wonder whether it was this song that sparked that whole run of 'anthem' songs on MJ's albums, like Man In The Mirror, Earth Song etc... that idea of having a 'showpiece' on each album. Add Tomorrow from Quincy's Back On The Block to that list, and you can see that such songs became MJ/Q trademarks.

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns it!!!

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jomabbs

    That's is because it was composed by Jon Anderson & Vangelis.(Evangelos Odysseas)

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kiteo

    This shows pop music can sometimes match classical music for complexity, depth and aural power.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • British_Viking

    This isn't normally my kind of music, but this particular song is stunning.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bicknor

    Hmmm see ladycd is on to this one - better late than never, I suppose.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • marcswallow

    Even I stop my tractor when she goes..."hey". It's one of the great moments in recorded history

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Rebi_F95

    :))))))-thanks Carole......

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Just like Holy water to my lips :)

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Brilliant song, remember when she came to Manchester, in the 80s ..What a performance, Donna gave!!!!

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • willemjona

    It should take twice as long!

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • shep_shepherd

    Heaps better than the J&V version, although I like that one, too.

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • barwalker64

    Great song !!! Yeah man, Q ! The choir...Sars !

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
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