Diana Ross (1976 album)

Diana Ross is a 1976 album by Diana Ross for the Motown label, her second self-titled record after Diana Ross (1970). It reached #5 in the USA (4 R&B) and sold over 700,000 copies.[4]

Diana Ross
Diana Ross (1976 album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1976
Recorded1975
Genre
Length33:00
LabelMotown
M6-861S1
Producer
Diana Ross chronology
Live at Caesars Palace
(1974)
Diana Ross
(1976)
Diana Ross' Greatest Hits
(1976)
Singles from Diana Ross
  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"
    Released: September 24, 1975
  2. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"
    Released: February 20, 1976
  3. "Love Hangover"
    Released: March 16, 1976
  4. "One Love in My Lifetime"
    Released: August 11, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]

The album was Ross' biggest-selling album since 1973's Touch Me in the Morning, reaching #5 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, #4 on the US Billboard R&B Album Chart and the Top 5 in the UK, where it was awarded a Gold disc for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[5]

Two of the tracks included on Diana Ross were #1 hits: "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (released as a single in 1975 from the Mahogany soundtrack), and the disco anthem, "Love Hangover".

The album's official lead single "I Thought It Took A Little Time" was on its way to becoming a hit when its chart life was circumvented by "Love Hangover", which was rushed to release alongside a competing version by The 5th Dimension. "I Thought It Took A Little Time" became a Top 5 Adult Contemporary single despite its shortened run on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains a fan favorite and was also remixed for the clubs on the Almighty Records dance compilation, We Love Diana Ross. A final single, the disco-flavoured "One Love In My Lifetime" become a Top 10 US R&B hit.

The album also included cover versions of the Charlie Chaplin standard "Smile" and "Ain't Nothin' But A Maybe" that had previously been recorded by its writers Ashford & Simpson and Rufus & Chaka Khan. "After You' was subsequently recorded by Roberta Flack on her classic 1977 album Blue Lights In The Basement while R&B starlet Stacy Lattisaw covered 'I Thought It Took A Little Time" on her 1985 album I'm Not The Same Girl. British soul singer Joss Stone covered "One Love In My Lifetime" for her 2012 album The Soul Sessions Vol. 2.

The album's #1 singles, "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" and "Love Hangover" have been covered by many artists including Mariah Carey, Shirley Bassey, Johnny Mathis, Jody Watley and Tina Arena, keeping this classic album relevant for over four decades.

Ross was also nominated for a Grammy for "Love Hangover" (Best R&B Performance, Female Artist). Victor Skrebneski photographed Diana's iconic album art. It was chosen by the Italian Fan Club association as 'The Most Beautiful Album Art'. She performed many of the tracks from the album on her award-winning, An Evening with Diana Ross Broadway show, tour, television special and album.

In 2012 Motown/Universal re-released the album in an Expanded Edition, including tracks recorded for the original sessions that were shelved (including cover versions of contemporary tunes by Elton John and Sly and the Family Stone) and alternative versions of many of the album tracks.

Track listingEdit

Diana Ross – Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"Masser3:23
2."I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"Masser3:33
3."Love Hangover"Hal Davis7:48
4."Kiss Me Now"
2:42
Diana Ross – Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."You're Good My Child"Lupper
  • Gordy
  • Costa
3:35
2."One Love in My Lifetime"
  • Terri McFaddin
  • Lawrence Brown
  • Leonard Perry
Brown3:40
3."Ain't Nothin' but a Maybe"Diana Ross3:27
4."After You"Masser4:13
5."Smile"Gil Askey2:55

CD re-issueEdit

2012 Expanded Edition

Track listing for 2012 2-CD set issued on the Hip-o-Select label.

Disc 1
  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" – 3:24
  2. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" – 3:25
  3. "Love Hangover" – 7:48
  4. "Kiss Me Now" – 2:44
  5. "You're Good My Child" – 3:36
  6. "One Love in My Lifetime" – 3:40
  7. "Ain't Nothin' but a Maybe" – 3:26
  8. "After You" – 4:11
  9. "Smile" – 3:00
  10. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" (Single Version) (Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer) – 3:33
  11. "Together" (Single Version) (Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer) – 3:17
  12. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" (Single Version) – 3:21
  13. "Love Hangover" (Single Version) – 3:49
  14. "One Love in My Lifetime" (Single Version) – 4:03
  15. "To Love Again" (Alternate Version) (Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin) – 4:33
  16. "We're Always Saying Goodbye" (Alternate Version) (Ron Miller, Terry Etlinger) – 2:35
  17. "This Christmas" (Alternate Version) (Nadine McKinnor, Donny Pitts) – 4:10
  18. "Coming Home" (Unreleased Mix of Coca-Cola advert) (William Bakker, Roquel Davis, Rob McBrien) – 1:44

Tracks 1 to 9 include a remaster of the complete 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 10 and 11 non-album single tracks issued as A and B-side in 1975

Tracks 12 to 14 edited/remixed single versions taken from the 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 15 and 16 alternative versions of tracks taken from the 1978 album Ross

Track 17 alternative version of a track taken from the 1993 Motown album Christmas in the City

Track 18 previously unreleased mix of 1975 advert soundtrack for Coca-Cola, issued on Motown promotional single only

Disc 2
  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Alternate Version #1) - 3:26
  2. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" (Alternate Version) - 3:58
  3. "Love Hangover" (Alternate Version) - 8:17
  4. "Kiss Me Now" (Alternate Version) - 2:58
  5. "You're Good My Child" (Alternate Version) - 4:36
  6. "One Love in My Lifetime" (Alternate Version) - 4:40
  7. "Ain't Nothin' but a Maybe" (Alternate Version) - 4:00
  8. "After You" (Alternate Version) - 5:00
  9. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" (Alternate Version) - 3:35
  10. "Together" (Alternate Version) - 4:19
  11. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Alternate Version #2) - 4:05
  12. "Harmony" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 3:45
  13. "Le Lo Li" (Sylvester Stewart) - 3:26
  14. "Go Where Your Mind Is" (Jeffery Bowen, Bubba Banks) - 3:23
  15. "Diana Ross Interview" - 15:49

Tracks 1 to 8 and 11 include alternative takes from the 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 9 and 10 alternative takes of non-album single tracks issued as A and B-side in 1975

Tracks 12 to 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1975 and 1976

Track 15 January 1976 interview for TWA Airlines; conducted by Don Pietromonaco

ChartsEdit

Year Album Chart positions[6]
US US
R&B
1976 Diana Ross 5 4

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart positions[7]
US UK US
R&B
US
Dance
1975 "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" 1 5 14
1976 "I Thought it Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" 47 32 61
1976 "Love Hangover" 1 10 1 1
1976 "One Love in My Lifetime" 25 - 10

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Diana Ross - Diana Ross (1976) album review, credits & releases". AllMusic.com. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Diana Ross album ratings at The New Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles... USA album sales www.GreasyLake.org
  5. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  6. ^ "Diana Ross US albums chart history". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Diana Ross US singles chart history". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.[dead link]
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Diana Ross in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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