DONNA SUMMER The Wanderer (David Geffen Company). This is the album where Summer's fascinations -- with dance rhythms, rock and roll, Christianity and the degradations of street life -- coalesce. It is also the record on which she, and her production team (producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, arranger-engineer-keyboardist Harold Faltermeyer) begin to find a collective style which elevates the production team concept to the actual status of a band. On "Cold Love," "The Wanderer," "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'" and the final, exultant "I Believe in Jesus," Summer simply demolishes the whole labyrinth of pop music barriers, and emerges as one of its leading artists. Rock fans ought to listen up, especially those who think that "Private Idaho" and "Whip It" are hot dance music. And hopefully, Summer's older followers will stick with her as she makes the final stages of her transition from disco icon to committed artist. DIRE STRAITS Making Movies (Warner Bros.) Mark Knopfler's voice, which ranges from a whisper to a mumble, is about the only major drawback to this breakthrough set. Knopfler's playing has taken a sharp turn towards rock & roll bite, and his songs have developed into the kind of semi rock-opera tale-spinning Bruce Springsteen was turning out circa "Jungleland." (A feeling deliberately achieved, partly through the work of production ace Jimmy Iovine and keyboard master Roy Bittan.) "Tunnel of Love" is sheer guitar extravaganza, and while "Romeo and Juliet" is more innocent than believable, its peak moments are splendid. And "Les Boys" is the toughest song Knopfler has come up with on any of his records. KURTIS BLOW Kurtis Blow (Mercury) "The Breaks" seemed merely like the best one-shot rap record when it came out earlier this year. But Blow proves himself a much more resourceful performer here, cruising through not only other raps but also a couple of ballads and a revved-up funk version of Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business." This surprisingly adventurous album now makes Kurtis Blow an artist whose further development bears close attention.