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Diana Ross: Diana

Album 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..."

Album Notes

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.

Recorded at Power Station and Electric Lady, New York; New York, Motown Studios, Hollywood, California.

All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

Includes 28-page booklet.

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.

Recorded at Power Station and Electric Lady, New York, New York, Motown Studios, Hollywood, California.

All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

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



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