Q (6/02, p.140) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Her self-titled 1970 debut took her into the capable hands of songwriting duo Nick Ashford & Val Simpson. The pair's blown-up balladeering and early disco learnings worked a treat scoring Ross a Number 1 with 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'..."
Living Blues (7-8/02, p.84) - "...A legitimate soulful triumph..."
Personnel includes: Diana Ross (vocals); Paul Riser (arranger); Johnny Bristol (background vocals).
Producers: Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Bones Howe.
Reissue producers: Harry Weinger, Andrew Skurow.
Recorded between 1970 and 1971. Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Motown's "Classic Albums" series.
Her self-titled debut LP (later retitled Ain't No Mountain High Enough after the single became a hit) was arguably her finest solo work at Motown and perhaps her best ever; it was certainly among her most stunning. Everyone who doubted whether Diana Ross could sustain a career outside the Supremes found out immediately that she would be a star. The single "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" remains a staple in her shows, and is still her finest message track. ~ Ron Wynn