Diana [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming off four Top Ten hits in three years for their group Chic, producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were the hot R&B/disco team of the day when they wrote and produced Diana Ross' second album named simply diana. The first was her 1971 TV soundtrack, Diana!. The result was Ross' best-selling album ever, paced by her biggest singles hit yet, "Upside Down," and its Top Ten follow-up, "I'm Coming Out." For the most part, disco productions tended to emphasize the beat over the voice, and it might be argued, but for the billing, Ross had been reduced to guest vocalist on her own album. But it was exactly her struggle to retain an identity beyond the groove that...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming off four Top Ten hits in three years for their group Chic, producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were the hot R&B/disco team of the day when they wrote and produced Diana Ross' second album named simply diana. The first was her 1971 TV soundtrack, Diana!. The result was Ross' best-selling album ever, paced by her biggest singles hit yet, "Upside Down," and its Top Ten follow-up, "I'm Coming Out." For the most part, disco productions tended to emphasize the beat over the voice, and it might be argued, but for the billing, Ross had been reduced to guest vocalist on her own album. But it was exactly her struggle to retain an identity beyond the groove that made this music more compelling than Chic's records. diana marked an important comeback for Ross, who had struggled in the late '70s after the early successes of her solo career. She celebrated by leaving Motown for a six-year, five-album sojourn at RCA. The 2003 Deluxe Edition reissue settles a historical controversy by including the album's original, rejected mix as submitted by Edwards and Rodgers. Ross seems even more of guest vocalist here, and one more buried in the mix, but the chief difference is that the original mix blends the instruments more, while the more familiar one, done by Motown veteran Russ Terrana, separates them clearly and is clearly superior for that. Terrana's and Rodgers' memories of the mixing dispute are featured in the liner notes. Also included is an additional disc, "Diana: Dance," consisting of dance remixes of Ross recordings of the 1970s, some of them previously unreleased. Together, the two discs make for an excellent collection of Ross' most danceable tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498604410
  • Catalog Number: 000079102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Ross Primary Artist
Bernard Edwards Bass, Conductor
Gene Page Conductor
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Conductor
Michelle Cobbs Background Vocals
Eddie Daniels Saxophone
James Gadson Drums
Cheryl Hong Strings
Raymond Jones Keyboards
Luci Martin Background Vocals
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Karen Milne Strings
Meco Monardo Trombone
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Andy Schwartz Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
LaMar Nathan Watts Bass
Alfa Anderson Background Vocals
Valerie Heywood Strings
Tony Thompson Drums
Raymond Jones Keyboards
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bernard Edwards Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gene Page String Arrangements
Nile Rodgers Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Tom Snow Composer
Gregg Wright Arranger, Composer, Producer
John Davis Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
John Barnes Arranger
H.B. Barnum Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Blumberg Arranger
James Anthony Carmichael rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis Producer
Pamela Davis Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Clay Drayton Arranger
James Farber Engineer
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Eddie Holland Composer, Producer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Ronald Dean Miller Composer
Karin Patterson Composer
Richard Perry Producer
Ken Peterson Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Bill Scheniman Engineer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Russ Terrana Liner Notes, Remixing
Harry Weinger Producer
Art Wright Arranger
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Engineer, Remastering
Francesco Scavullo Cover Photo
John Matousek Mastering
Mack David Composer
James Simpson Remixing
John Davis Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Kenny Stover Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Andrew Skurow Producer
Ria Lewerke Shapiro Original Cover Artwork
Calvin Harris Remixing
Ralph Osborn Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Boss is still # 1

    When Diana appeared at the 2004 Billboard awards to grant Stevie Wonder his century achievement award, she was just spectacular and super hot in that red slinky mini dress. Now in her 60's, we all must celebrate and purchase this Diana Deluxe album because the Boss is still the best diva of all time. I just wish she would start recording again as some new material is overdue from the Boss. Buy this album, you will really be glad that you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DIANA/HAVE FUN AGAIN!!!!!!

    i bought this cd as sonn as it came out and i am glad i did.this was one of DIANAs biggest selling lps and one of her best.it is reissued here with the original CHIC mixes,that have never been released before .now you can hear these mixes,however for the most part the original 1980 mix is better.in addition,disc 2 is filled with all DIANA dance hits from the 70s,including the long version of LOVE HANGOVER,YOUR LOVE IS SO GOOD FOR ME,LIVIN LOVIN AND GIVIN,I AINT BEEN LICKED,WHAT YOU GAVE ME and also includes never before released tracks like,FIRE DONT BURN,SWEET SUMMERTIME LIVIN,YOU BUILD ME UP TO TEAR ME DOWN.in addition there are several rare alternate tracks like,YOU WERE THE ONE,WE CAN NEVER LIGHT THE OLD FLAME,TOP OF THE WORLD,SUPREMES MEDLEY OF HITS.if you are a Ross fan or a Ross dance fan than this cd is for you.i havent stopped playing it.my favorite songs are upside down/chic mix.you build me up...you were the one...my old piano..love hangover.actually all of the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    have fun again

    this is the classic lp from 1980 remeastered with all the original tracks but ...with the unreleased original chic/ross tracks on disc 1 and disc 2 has all ross dance hits leading up to this release with even more unreleased tracks.includes remixes of the hits YOURE LOVE IS SO GOOD FOR ME ,LOVE HANGOVER,TOP OF THE WORLD,YOU WERE THE ONE,WHAT YOU GAVE ME,AINT BEEN LICKED.MORE

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