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Diana Ross (Expanded Edition) by Diana Ross
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The only surprise in Diana Ross forging a solo career outside the Supremes is how long she waited to do it. Her 1970 debut shrewdly capitalized on her former band's spectacular string of successes at the same time that it carved out a niche for Ross as one of modern pop's most formidable divas. That not inconsiderable task of reinvention fell to the songwriting/production team of Ashford & Simpson, who constructed a musical framework that traded freely on the sheer dynamics and dramatic potential of Ross's voice on tracks like "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand" and the massive No. 1 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Loose, light, and occasionally neo-spiritual, it's an album that's almost daringly free of Motown history and clichés, right down to its cover imagery. This digitally remastered edition features a wealth of bonus tracks that include four from the album's first (aborted) sessions with producer Bones Howe--including Laura Nyro's "Stoney End," a hit for Streisand shortly thereafter--that give an intriguing glimpse of the somewhat jazzier and even more pop-oriented album that might have been. Also included are alternate mixes of "Ain't No Mountain" and "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You," an alternate vocal take of "Now There's You" that underscores the subtleties of Ross's technique, and a showy, unreleased live version of the album's "Something on My Mind" from one of the diva's first 1970 solo performances. --Jerry McCulley
I have almost all of the Diana Ross LP albums. Little by little I'm finding the new CD versions and I couldn't be happier to have them to enjoy again.
Diana's very first album as a solo artist. Looking back it confirms that truly Diana Ross is one of our national treasures and legends. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Robert
The best three Diana Ross albums were all mainly written by and certainly produced by Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by David Rigby
Released in 1970 after leaving "The Supremes", Diana Ross' first solo album, "Diana Ross", is arguably her best record to date. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Terrance Richard
As so many have stated, this outing for Diana was/is just awesome! No doubt about that, at all. But I have a question: does anyone else's copy begin with "Now That There's You"... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by R. J. Werner
Motown kept Diana in a very soulful delivery in her final chart topper with The Supremes. The Johnny Bristol produced "Someday We'll Be Together" was the multi-format smash Motown... Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by L. Boki