Diana Ross – 1970 – Diana Ross

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Diana Ross solo debut was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1970..Here for the first time we get to hear all of Diana’s early solo work from 1969 until the lp’s final release in early 1970..Including the 4 tracks that have been in Motowns vaults for over 30 years..The tracks were produced by Bones Howe (Time and Love, Stoney End, The Interim and Loves, Lines Angles and Rhymes)…Diana’s amazing vocal versatility is showcased with these unreleased treasures…Teaming Miss Ross with Ashford and Simpson was a match made in Motown heaven..Masterworks such as Ain’t No Mountain, Reach Out And Touch, Your All I Need, Dark Side Of The World, Now That Theres You, and Keep An Eye were arranged to suit Diana’s amazing vocal abilities.. Their striking arrangements and Diana’s powerful vocals make this an instant CLASSIC…every track on this release is a pop and R&B masterpiece..

Tracks
A1 Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) 2:59     
A2 Now That There’s You3:00     
A3 You’re All I Need To Get By 3:00     
A4 These Things Will Keep Loving You 2:58     
A5 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 6:00     
B1 Something On My Mind 2:23     
B2 I Wouldn’t Change The Man He Is 3:05     
B3 Keep An Eye 3:05     
B4 Where There Was Darkness 3:03     
B5 Can’t It Wait Until Tomorrow 3:03     
B6 Dark Side Of The World 3:00  

The DIANA ROSS album carries some well-crafted soul/R&B numbers that amicably showcase Diana’s remarkably versatility and diversity as a serious recording artist. There is so much character and drama in her voice. You really sense those emotions pouring out on numbers like Now That There’s You, where her voice steadily goes from points of vulnerability to self assurance at the climax of the recording. A moody, soulful remake of another Marvin and Tammi Terrell hit, You’re All I Need To Get By again features Diana’s vocal expertise and this emerges surprisingly as far superior to that of the origanal. These Things Will Keep Me Loving You, a pleasantly uptemp soul-pop track, was recorded a few years before whilst she was still with The Supremes and the track sounds distinct to that era but still its a fine recording whilst she sounds utterly magnificent on the divine SomeThing’s On My Mind. Her performance is effective on the bluesey I Wouldn’t Change The Man He Is where she projects a lot of emotion and feeling in her silky, soulful vocal style whilst the mood goes deeper on the amtmospheric recordings, Keep An Eye (a less ambitious version recorded with The Supremes was included on the Love Child (1968) album), Where There Was Darkness and the stark Dark Side Of The World which completley turns the mood sombre yet the material remains utterley compelling. There are some rare treats to be found beyond the origanal albums track line-up on this re-released disc with a showbizzy live version of SomeThings On Mind, alternate vocal versions of Now That There’s You, These Things Will Keep Me Loving You and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and some cuts left off the original albums release, culled from the Bonie Howe sessions of 1969 (recorded whilst she was still offically lead singer of The Supremes). Time And Love is a bouncy soul-pop number that would have suited the times perfectly had it been releases as a single whilst Stoney End (later re-recorded by Barbara Streisand) again perfectly demonstrates her versatile vocal approach. Outstanding is The Interim, where her performance is so heartwarmingly sincere and strong. Although some may argue this recording verges on the lines of being repetitive and ponderous, the sweeping musical arrangements is complimented firmly by Diana’s delivery which remains firly focused throughout making it all the more compelling. Firmly retaining the quality of The Interim was the fantastic Love, Lines, Angles And Rhymes (another track to later be re-recorded by Barbara Streisand) where her astounding delivery begs you to question why this had been lcked away in the Motown vaults for 32 years!

As a whole DIANA ROSS is a consistently excellent affair that really is no exaggeration to be classed as a masterpiece. Artistic and well crafted. Highly recommended to any Soul/R&B lover!

 

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22 Comments
  • Grumpy
    Posted at 10:57h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    Thank you!

  • Nuno
    Posted at 15:51h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    A great record!

  • zobba
    Posted at 16:33h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    Thanks

  • Felicity
    Posted at 21:21h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    So beautiful and soulful. diana ross is my hero.

  • Barry
    Posted at 21:22h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    Diana is a joy to listen to.

  • Susan
    Posted at 21:29h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    Falling in love with her voice…Nothing like it

  • Dora
    Posted at 21:29h, 12 November 2013 Reply

    Amazing voice ! i remember my childhood years.

  • Santiago
    Posted at 21:31h, 12 November 2013 Reply

    LA REINE!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 21:40h, 12 November 2013 Reply

    classic diana one of her best

  • Adam
    Posted at 06:45h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the record. I’m looking forward to listening to it.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 10:22h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    Diana Ross is One of the Best Artists Ever. Keep up the good work you do.

  • Billy
    Posted at 10:34h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    One of the legendary black performers ever.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 11:25h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” The song became Miss Ross‘ first solo No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts in 1970 and was nominated for a Grammy award. It was written by the songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson before they joined Motown, and was first recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, peaking at No. 19.

  • Luc3312
    Posted at 11:26h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    I now see why Billboard magazine chose her Female Entertainer of the Century.

  • Isner
    Posted at 13:18h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    With or without The Supremes, she is gorgeous.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 21:19h, 13 November 2013 Reply

    We love you Diana.

  • Judy
    Posted at 15:53h, 14 November 2013 Reply

    My fav singer, amazing album.

  • Celso
    Posted at 06:14h, 15 November 2013 Reply

    Thank you so much

  • Raymond
    Posted at 10:00h, 15 November 2013 Reply

    Another classic.

  • Felipa
    Posted at 10:50h, 26 November 2013 Reply

    The best of the Best

  • Shirley
    Posted at 21:43h, 27 November 2013 Reply

    I have allways loved her and allways will

  • Zul34
    Posted at 20:40h, 08 December 2013 Reply

    A fine album. A shiny star.

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