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Diana (1980)

Artist: Diana Ross
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Format: CD
Sku: 240516446
UPC: 602517372603
UPC 14: 00602517372603
Release Date: 8/27/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Upside Down
2. Tenderness
3. Friend to Friend
4. I'm Coming Out
5. Have Fun (Again)
6. My Old Piano
7. Now That You're Gone
8. Give Up
9. Upside Down
10. Tenderness
11. Friend to Friend
12. I'm Coming Out
13. Have Fun (Again)
14. My Old Piano
15. Now That You're Gone
16. Give Up
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Diana Ross (vocals); Nile Rodgers (guitar); Eddie Daniels (saxophone); Bob Milliken (trumpet); Meco Monardo (trombone); Raymond Jones, Andy Schwartz (keyboards); Bernard Edwards (bass); Tony Thompson (drums); Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, Fonzi THorton, Michelle Cobbs (background vocals); The Chic Strings.
Muze PNote Recorded at Power Station and Electric Lady, New York; New York, Motown Studios, Hollywood, California.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.
Muze PNote Includes 28-page booklet.
Muze PNote Personnel: Diana Ross (vocals); Niles Rodgers (guitar); Eddie Daniels (saxophone); Bob Milliken (trumpet); Meco Monardo (trombone); Raymond Jones, Andy Schwartz (keyboards); Bernard Edwards (bass); Tony Thompson (drums); Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin, Fonzi Thorton, Michelle Cobbs (background vocals); The Chic Strings.
Muze PNote Recorded at Power Station and Electric Lady, New York, New York, Motown Studios, Hollywood, California.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.
Muze PNote Personnel: Diana Ross (vocals); Nile Rodgers (guitar); Cheryl Hong, Valerie Heywood, Karen Milne (strings); Eddie Daniels (saxophone); Bob Millikan (trumpet); Meco Monardo (trombone); Andrew Barrett (piano); Andy Schwartz (keyboards); Tony Thompson (drums); Fonzi Thornton, Luci Martin, Alfa Anderson, Michelle Cobbs (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Electric Lady, NY (02/1975-06/1980); Motown-Hitsville U.S.A. Studios, Hollywood, CA (02/1975-06/1980); Power Station, NY (02/1975-06/1980).
Muze PNote Photographers: Douglas Kirkland; Francesco Scavullo.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Nile Rodgers ; Bernard Edwards.
Muze PNote Diana Ross would probably be offended by anyone who called her 1980 smash Diana a comeback, but let's face it -- after the flop of The Wiz, and the way that the disco revolution steamrollered so many of her Motown compatriots' careers, that's exactly what it was. Wisely hooking up with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (both the most traditionally rooted and most fearless of the major disco-era producers), Ross sounds more forceful than she had in years. The helium-toned style of her early hits with the Supremes is worlds away from the assertive way she rips into the funky hit "Upside Down." Even better, the joyous, celebratory "I'm Coming Out" is probably the best solo track of her career, and the heartfelt "Now That You're Gone" is one of her most subtle ballads. The glossy Chic production might sound a bit dated to some ears, but it's matured much better than many similar albums of the era. Overall, this is, in many ways, Diana Ross' best solo record. ~ Charity Stafford

Producer: Nile Rodgers; Bernard Edwards

Engineer: Ralph Osborn; James Farber; Neil Dorfsman; Bill Scheniman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Nile Rodgers

Artist Overview

The most successful female vocal group of the '60s, The Supremes were one of the quintessential Motown acts, scoring countless memorable hits that helped to define that label's distinctive R&B/pop hybrid. Diana Ross was the group's leader, but the Supremes still managed to chart several times after her departure in 1969. Ross became a solo superstar in the '70s, delving into pop, disco, and soul with great success. She also became an actress, and was nominated for an Oscar for her 1972 portrayal of Billie Holiday in LADY SINGS THE BLUES.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Motown Singles Collection (1959-1971)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Muze Music Compilations The Master 1961-1984
Muze Music Compilations Wods Ultimate Christmas Album Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Pure Disco
Muze Music Compilations My Life
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Pure Disco
Muze Music Compilations Bridget Jones's Diary
Muze Music Compilations Mi Vida Grandes Exitos(spanish)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Motown 1980s Vol. 2-Millennium Collection
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Duets A Love Songs Collectio
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Disco Gold
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters:motown Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Gold: 80's
Muze Music Compilations Love's Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations 80S Soul Gold 0906
Muze Music Compilations 80's Pop Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Motown Number 1's Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations 70's Soul Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations More Motown Classics Gold
Muze Music Compilations Last Days Of Disco (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist Plus
Muze Music Compilations Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Motown
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 11B:1971(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Icon:motown Classics
Muze Music Compilations We Love The Nightlife(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations 5 Classic Albums
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Chicken Little
Muze Music Compilations 70's Pop Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Old School Vol 9
Muze Music Compilations Motown 50 Fanthology
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations Pacha Ibiza 40 Years 1973-2013
Muze Music Compilations 1100 Bel Air Place

Associated Artists and Works

Dido
Dyke, Earl Van
Diana & Marvin [Remaster] ~ Gaye, Marvin
Lady Sings the Blues [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Diana ~ Original Soundtrack
Supremes (The)
Christmas Hits Back to Back ~ Supremes (The)
Sure!, Al B.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1980
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0009280
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517372603

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (9/4/03, pp.146-7)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Contrasts the Nile Rodgers-Bernard Edwards production team's original unreleased 1980 director's cut of DIANA with the more conservative mix Motown released instead....Heard now, the jazzier, more dangerous dynamism of their original mix is a prescient vision of the modern urban sound."

Q (10/99, p.160)
- Included in Q Magazine's Best Motown Records Of All Time - "...a skilful, nay, glorious harnessing of Motown's presiding diva to the hip club styles of the day. She's in good voice but the real joy lies in the elegance and percussive muscle of the Chic Organisation's tunes..."

Q (4/93, p.101)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...[in 1980] Diana Ross was svelte, funky, and smart enough to make an album with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic..."

Q (10/99, p.160)
- Included in Q Magazine's Best Motown Records Of All Time - "...a skilful, nay, glorious harnessing of Motown's presiding diva to the hip club styles of the day. She's in good voice but the real joy lies in the elegance and percussive muscle of the Chic Organisation's tunes..."

Q (01/01/04, p.77)
- Included in Q's "Best Re-releases of 2003" - "[A] truly sparkling slice of disco-pop."

Mojo (Publisher)
(11/03, p.138)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Fascinating stuff...an essential treat for Ross fans, Chic fans and dance historians..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ross,Diana
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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