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Diana Ross (1976): Special Edition [2 CD]
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Theme from Mahogany
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So many more but Love Hangover took over the dance floor and shook the NYC clubs like the Paradise Garage, Xenon, Crisco Disco and every club that played disco. I am so thrilled to see this remastered release with so many flawless songs and alternate versions.
Of course Smile was also a great hit recorded by many singers such as Diana's co-star of The Wiz (30th Anniversary Edition w/ Bonus CD) legendary Michael Jackson.
I have been a fan of Diana Ross since the days of the Supremes. When the Supremes broke up and sang their 12th #1 single "Someday We'll Be Together," on TV. Not only my whole family was crying but I think half of America was too. You can find that song everywhere but it is lovely on The Best of Diana Ross & The Supremes: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection)
I was given a Birthday gift for my 18th Birthday which were tickets to see Evening With Diana Ross also on CD Evening With at the Palace Theater for which she won a Tony Award.Read more ›
The remastered sound is superb. In particular, "Love Hangover" and especially "One Love in My Lifetime" benefit from the remastering. They sound crisp and clear and there's enough bass to give them some kick. Diana's vocals on this album are top-notch. My favourite vocal performance is on "I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)", which should have been a bigger hit. Like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", it features a superb Ross vocal and reaches a dramatic climax.
The alternate takes are a treat. She sounds very relaxed on these takes, taking different approaches to find the right voice for each song. It's a little startling at first to hear some of the different takes, particularly on "Sorry Doesn't Always Make it Right".
The packaging is beautiful. The cover of this album - dubbed by fans as "The Black Album" - is one of Diana's most iconic covers. There are more striking photos inside the digipack foldout and inside the booklet.
Like the previous reissue of "Touch Me in the Morning", this is a must-buy for Diana Ross fans. The impressive Diana Ross reissue series by HIp-O-Select is finally giving Diana Ross the respect she deserves as an albums artist, since she is more famous for her hit singles. But this series is a reminder of the high-quality albums Ross has released over the years. Highly recommended.
However Ross hadn't had a major chart hit since 1973's divine classic, Touch Me In The Morning. Black music was steering into different directions with Soul music divulging into Disco and in some aspects Ross' recording career had lost course.
That changed in 1975 when the classic Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) catapulted to the top of the charts. This epic ballad with its sweeping musical arrangements and an almost dreamy yet compelling performance from Ross was written and produced by the genius Michael Masser. The track really is a masterpiece and that classic interlude at the climax of the song is breathtaking. For some odd reason, Theme From Mahogany was not nominated for a Grammy Award despite its cross-Atlantic success though after strong protest it was deservedly added yet still failed to win. Even so, Theme From Mahogany rightfully remains one of Ross' key classics and became the opening number on this excellent 1976 studio LP.
Diana Ross had an uncanny and effortless flair for ballads and nobody could quite convey such warmth and genuine emotion as she could. I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love) is another example of her unique expertise. This exotic and exalting ballad is enhanced by Ross' delicate but effective vocal performance and was written and produced by Michael Masser. The track surprisingly faltered within the lower reaches of the Top 40, probably as promotional priorities were suddenly turned to the albums next release, Love Hangover.
Love Hangover was quickly covered by The Fifth Dimension and issued as a single.Read more ›
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I recall purchasing this "record" back in the day simply because it was DR and the cover art floored me. The photo on the back is my all time fave photo of Diana. Read morePublished 4 months ago by saint james
Great album! I especially loved the alternate versions and the unreleased singles.Published 5 months ago by Reginald Glover
Excellent album! The basic formula is here...love songs. Please give my favorite song a chance...I Thought It Took A Little Time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Don
Fantastic set! If you love "Love Hangover," you get 3 versions; alternate version on Disc 2 has never been on radio. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jo-Ann Paulson
The 2 disc is slightly over expanded but true treasure. Have always enjoyed this truly happy they finally remastered this classic album. Sounds wonderful.Published 20 months ago by A REAL FAN!!!