Blue (Diana Ross album)

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Blue
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released June 20, 2006
Recorded 1971–1972
Genre Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary
Label Motown
Producer Gil Askey
Diana Ross chronology
Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross
(2001)
Blue
(2006)
I Love You
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favorable)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Independent 1/5 stars[5]
Metro Weekly (mixed)[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
The Times 2/5 stars[9]

Blue, also referred to as The Blue Album,[10] is a 1970s studio album released in 2006 on Motown Records by American singer Diana Ross.

Recorded in late 1971 and early 1972,[11] the album was originally conceived as follow-up to Ross' #1 Lady Sings the Blues soundtrack. Berry Gordy and Motown subsequently decided to shelve the album, and Ross' next release was the "Touch Me in the Morning" single and album.

Blue was initially sold through Starbucks' US stores for the first 30 days of release. Starbucks immediately sold out of its supply nationwide. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Jazz Chart. It logged a single week on Billboard's pop album chart, at #146. It's final sales figure was slightly higher than 100,000 US copies[12].

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" (Stanley Adams, María Méndez Grever) - 3:28
  2. "No More" (Camarata, Russell) - 3:09
  3. "Let's Do It" (Cole Porter) - 3:00
  4. "I Loves Ya Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 5:11
  5. "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner) - 2:58
  6. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 2:50
  7. "Had You Been Around" (Richard Jacques, Ronald Miller, Avery Vandenburg, Bernard Yuffy) - 3:29
  8. "Little Girl Blue" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 4:00
  9. "Can't Get Started with You" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) - 3:10
  10. "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 2:13
  11. "You've Changed" (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer) - 2:54
  12. "My Man" (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain) - 3:31
  13. "Easy Living" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) - 2:54
  14. "Solitude" (Eddie DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 2:05
  15. "He's Funny That Way" (Daniels, Richard Whiting) - 3:02
  16. "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do" (Porter Grainger, Everett Robbins) - 2:22

Tracks 12-15 were originally recorded for Lady Sings the Blues but some were left out of the movie or were included in different versions.[11]

Numerous remixes of "What a Difference a Day Makes" were produced for promotional use.

Personnel[edit]

  • Gil Askey – Conductor, Producer
  • Guy Costa – Engineer
  • Cal Harris, Sr. – Engineer
  • Michele Horie – Producer, Artwork
  • Harry Langdon – Photography, Cover Photo
  • Pat Lawrence – Executive Producer
  • Ralph Lotten – Assistant
  • Bill MacMeeken – Engineer
  • Larry Miles – Engineer
  • John B. Norman – Engineer
  • Ryan Null – Photo Coordination
  • Kevin Reeves – Mastering, Mixing
  • David Ritz – Liner Notes
  • Greg Ross – Design
  • George Solomon – Consultant
  • Art Stewart – Engineer
  • Russ Terrana – Engineer
  • Harry Weinger – Liner Notes, Compilation Producer

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