A Love Trilogy is the third album by Donna Summer. It was released on March 5, 1976, just eight months after her international breakthrough with the single and album of the same name - "Love To Love You Baby". The boldly sexual nature of that particular song had earned Summer the title "The first lady of love." By now Summer's work was being distributed in the U.S. by Casablanca Records, and they in particular were keen for her to continue portraying this image, despite her not being completely comfortable with it. As such, the Love Trilogy album continued in the same vein with the first side being taken up entirely by one long disco track in four fairly distinct movements ('Try Me', 'I Know', 'We Can Make It', and 'Try Me, I Know We Can Make It'), the incorrectly named "love trilogy" of the title - "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It". Side Two contained a further three sexually-oriented disco songs, including a cover of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic". The album's artwork showed Summer floating light-heartedly through the clouds, again adding to the image of her as a fantasy figure.
While the album sold well across the world, (it was her second, consecutive album to be certified Gold in the United States) it failed to produce a successful follow-up single to "Love To Love You Baby". Edited versions of "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" and "Could It Be Magic" charted in some nations, but sales figures did not come close to those of her breakthrough single.
|1.||"Try Me / I Know / We Can Make It / Try Me, I Know We Can Make It" (Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer)||17:57|
|2.||"Prelude to Love" (Bellotte, Moroder, Summer)||1:06|
|3.||"Could It Be Magic" (Adrienne Anderson, Barry Manilow)||5:15|
|4.||"Wasted" (Bellotte, Moroder)||5:09|
|5.||"Come With Me" (Bellotte, Moroder)||4:22|
- Donna Summer – vocals, composer
- Giorgio Moroder – bass guitar, composer, producer and synthesizer
- Pete Bellotte – composer, producer
- Backing vocals: Madeline Bell, Sunny Leslie, Sue Glover (the Midnite Ladies)
- Other musicians on this album were known collectively as "Munich Machine" and worked on a variety of Moroder/Bellotte productions from this period.
- Munich Machine are: Thor Baldursson – string arrangement, Frank Diez – guitar, Keith Forsey – drums, Martin Harrison – drums, Molly Moll – guitar, Gary Unwin – bass.
- Producers: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
- Engineer: Juergen Koppers, Mack & Hans
- Musical arrangements: Giorgio Moroder and Thor Baldurson