The Definitive Collection [Hip-O]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Throughout her decades spent in the music world, Diana Ross has been a huge force in shaping and influencing its direction, both in her appearance and her distinguished voice, and also in her exploration within genres, from the Motown of her early days to the disco, adult contemporary, and jazz (the latter of which stemmed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues) that she delved into as her career progressed. Hip-O's The Definitive Collection captures the biggest songs from the first 15 years of her solo career, beginning with her first single "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" from 1970 and continuing through 1984 -- after she ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Throughout her decades spent in the music world, Diana Ross has been a huge force in shaping and influencing its direction, both in her appearance and her distinguished voice, and also in her exploration within genres, from the Motown of her early days to the disco, adult contemporary, and jazz (the latter of which stemmed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues) that she delved into as her career progressed. Hip-O's The Definitive Collection captures the biggest songs from the first 15 years of her solo career, beginning with her first single "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" from 1970 and continuing through 1984 -- after she had already been away from Motown for a few years -- with "Missing You," a tribute to Marvin Gaye, and "Swept Away." Though the 20 tracks aren't in chronological order (or any discernible order for that matter), nearly all of Ross' important hits from that time period are on the collection, including all that reached number one on the Billboard pop singles charts ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)," "Love Hangover," "Upside Down," and "Endless Love," her duet with Lionel Richie), not to mention other favorites of hers like "I'm Coming Out" and the Michael Jackson-penned "Muscles." The only surprise on The Definitive Collection comes with "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," which was originally supposed to be released on the album Blue, a follow up to Lady Sings the Blues, but didn't actually make it to shelves until June 2006. Besides that, however, there's nothing too unexpected on this album, but it is a great collection of Ross' solo work, which, while it may not have the substance or vitality of what she did with the Supremes, has its own important place in pop music history nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498790786
  • Catalog Number: 000608802
  • Sales rank: 1,342

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diana Ross Primary Artist
Gil Askey Conductor
Technical Credits
Arthur Baker Producer
Michael Jackson Producer
Frankie Lymon Composer
Lionel Richie Composer, Producer
Diana Ross Producer
Rob Mounsey Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer, Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Daryl Hall Composer, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Nile Rodgers Composer, Producer
Michael Sembello Composer
John Davis Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
Tom Baird Arranger, Producer
David Blumberg Arranger
Randy Brecker Horn Arrangements
James Anthony Carmichael Producer
Ray Chew Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis Producer
Ervin Drake Composer
Clay Drayton Arranger
Barry Fasman rhythm arrangement
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Lee Holdridge Arranger, String Arrangements
Morris Levy Composer
Michael Masser Arranger, Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Michael Omartian Arranger
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Paul Riser Arranger
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Bert de Coteaux Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Brian Chin Liner Notes
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. String Arrangements
Harry Langdon Inlay Photography, Tray Photo
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Sara Allen Composer
Douglas Kirkland Cover Photo
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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