Eaten Alive (album)

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Eaten Alive
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released 24 September 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre
Length 40:25
Label RCA
Producer Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson, Albhy Galuten
Michael Jackson (co-producer on "Eaten Alive" only)
Diana Ross chronology
Swept Away
(1984)
Eaten Alive
(1985)
Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
(1987)
Singles from Eaten Alive
  1. "Eaten Alive"
    Released: 1 September 1985
  2. "Chain Reaction"
    Released: 28 November 1985
  3. "Experience"
    Released: 4 April 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Eaten Alive is a 1985 album by Diana Ross which reached #11 in the UK and Australia and the top ten in Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. It includes her international hit single "Chain Reaction". "Chain Reaction", with its homage to her success with Holland, Dozier, Holland, topped the charts in the U.K., across Europe and Australia. (Only in the US, it was deemed a critical and commercial disappointment, selling less than 300,000 US copies. Once again, her international sales usurped its domestic performance).

Primarily written and produced by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, the album also includes a contribution from Michael Jackson who co-wrote and performs vocals on the title track.

The album was released on the RCA label in the US where it was not a success, though fared better internationally as an EMI (co-founded by RCA) label release to which Ross had been signed directly since 1981 (though Ross's relationship with EMI dates back to the beginning of her international career since they distributed Motown releases).

Overview[edit]

The album was primarily conceived by Barry Gibb, who had co-written and co-produced successful albums for Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Kenny Rogers earlier that decade. Most of the tracks were co-written by Gibb and at least one of his other siblings, though some were written by all members of the Bee Gees. The album includes the UK and Australia #1 hit "Chain Reaction", along with the Top 10 R&B title track - written and co-produced with Michael Jackson. "Experience" was also released as a single, reaching #47 on the UK Singles Chart, by then album sales were well over 1 million across Europe.

Videos were made for each of the three singles, with the title track being done in the style of the film The Island of Dr. Moreau. The video for "Chain Reaction" paid homage to American Bandstand-type shows of the 1960s. Both "Eaten Alive" and "Experience" co-starred actor Joseph Gian.

Due to the success of "Chain Reaction", the album would reach the Top 20 in many European territories. Barry Gibb accompanied Ross in the background on most of the tracks with Jackson also performing on "Eaten Alive". Despite perceptions, the title single, "Eaten Alive" hit the Top 20 in several European territories including Italy where it reached #10, Sweden #14 and Switzerland #17. It also peaked at #3 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Eaten Alive" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Michael Jackson) – 3:50
  2. "Oh Teacher" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 3:37
  3. "Experience" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb) – 4:54
  4. "Chain Reaction" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 3:47
  5. "More and More" (Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Andy Gibb) – 3:05
Side B
  1. "I'm Watching You" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 3:50
  2. "Love on the Line" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 4:19
  3. "(I Love) Being in Love with You" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 4:31
  4. "Crime of Passion" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 3:31
  5. "Don't Give Up on Each Other" (Barry Gibb, George Bitzer) – 3:45

Later CD reprints, outside the US under the label Capitol Records-EMI Records, contains as an additional 11th track, an extended remix of the title track "Eaten Alive" (length 5:52).[2][3]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians credited in the liner notes:

The Eaten Alive Demos[edit]

Main article: The Eaten Alive Demos

The Eaten Alive Demos as sung by Barry Gibb were made available as downloads on iTunes in October 2006. The album contained most of the songs with the exception of the title track and "Chain Reaction".[4] In the spring of 2009, when iTunes changed into DRM-free downloads with higher bit-rates; all of the Barry Gibb demos were no longer available. In August 2011 all of the Barry Gibb demos reappeared on iTunes shortly after the opening of the download store on his official website where many of the same tracks were available. Another demo of the title track by Michael Jackson is known to have been recorded, but, to this date, has not yet surfaced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron (1985-08-23). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron (1985-08-23). "Eaten Alive (Bonus Track)". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Eaten Alive (Bonus Track)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Gibb Songs 2006 - Selected record releases". Columbia.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-06.