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Diana Ross [Special Edition]
     

Diana Ross [Special Edition]

by Diana Ross
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2012
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602527843490
catalogNumber:
001620902
Rank:
75565

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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   Producer,Executive Producer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger
Kenneth Lupper   Composer
Michael Masser   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rod McBrien   Composer
Terry McFaddin   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
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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