Diana Ross [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This self-titled release, issued in February 1976, was Diana Ross' first album since December 1973's Last Time I Saw Him. It followed Ross' starring role in the Berry Gordy-directed Mahogany. That film's theme, a sweeping Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser ballad sung by Ross, topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts; though it appeared on the Mahogany soundtrack, it was also included here and leads a set that's as diverse as Last Time I Saw Him, with a total of nine songs involving 16 songwriters. "I Thought It Took a Little Time But Today I Fell in Love," a stately ballad with a commanding chorus, was a Top Five Adult Contemporary hit but wasn't nearly as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This self-titled release, issued in February 1976, was Diana Ross' first album since December 1973's Last Time I Saw Him. It followed Ross' starring role in the Berry Gordy-directed Mahogany. That film's theme, a sweeping Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser ballad sung by Ross, topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts; though it appeared on the Mahogany soundtrack, it was also included here and leads a set that's as diverse as Last Time I Saw Him, with a total of nine songs involving 16 songwriters. "I Thought It Took a Little Time But Today I Fell in Love," a stately ballad with a commanding chorus, was a Top Five Adult Contemporary hit but wasn't nearly as successful with R&B radio. "Love Hangover," with its extended lead-in and hurtling and thumping yet graceful groove, was Ross' entry into the disco market, where she proved to be a natural fit, and it not only topped the dance chart but the R&B and pop ones as well. "Kiss Me Now" is another highlight, a frisky, showbiz jazz number where Ross feels free enough to throw in a quick impression of Louis Armstrong. That covers the album's first side. Side two is much more focused, generally sticking to contemporary soul. "One Love in My Lifetime," yet another one of Ross' Top Ten R&B singles, is the most notable of the five songs, with the Ashford & Simpson-penned "Ain't Nothin' But a Maybe" a close second. Subsequently mired in a couple unfocused patchwork recordings, Ross wouldn't make another truly fine album until The Boss, written and produced in its entirety by Ashford & Simpson. [Hip-O Select released a deluxe edition of this album in 2012. A two-disc package, it contains several single and alternate versions, and "Coming Home," a rare promo-only single.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527843490
  • Catalog Number: 001620902
  • Sales rank: 74,245

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Ross Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Elton John Composer
Diana Ross Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Wade Marcus Arranger
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
David Blumberg Arranger
Jeffrey Bowen Composer, Producer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Don Costa Arranger, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Clay Drayton Arranger
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer, Executive Producer
Lee Holdridge Arranger
Kenneth Lupper Composer
Michael Masser Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rod McBrien Composer
Terry McFaddin Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Harry Weinger Executive Producer
Ron Miller Composer, Producer
John Turner Composer
Billy Davis Producer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
William Backer Composer
Roquel Davis Composer
Terri Etlinger Composer
Lawrence Brown Composer, Producer
Michele Horie Producer, Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Producer, Liner Notes
Geoffrey Parsons Composer
George Solomon Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Andrew Labarrere Licensing
Leonard Perry Composer
Gwen Gordy Fuqua Composer
Nickolas Ashford Composer
Sylvester Stewart Composer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Ed Redmond Arranger
Don Pietromonaco Interviewer
Bubba Banks Composer
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