Red Hot Rhythm & Blues

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Red Hot Rhy..thm & Blues
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released May 1987
Recorded 1986–1987
Genre R&B
Length 43:56 (US: 38:11)
Label EMI (UK) RCA (US)
Producer Tom Dowd, Luther Vandross
Diana Ross chronology
Eaten Alive
Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
Workin' Overtime
Singles from Red Hot Rhythm & Blues
  1. "Dirty Looks / So Close"
    Released: April 29, 1987
  2. "Tell Me Again / I Am Me"
    Released: July 18, 1987
  3. "Shockwaves / I Am Me"
    Released: July 18, 1987 (U.K. release only)
  4. "Mr. Lee"
    Released: January 12, 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Red Hot Rhythm and Blues is a 1987 album by the American singer Diana Ross. It also made the charts in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria, as well as reaching the top 20 in Sweden and Norway. It was Ross's final album for RCA Records. It peaked at No. 73 on the "Billboard album chart in the US despite an Emmy nominated television special that was a ratings success. It sold around 125,000 copies in the USA.[2]

The album included the Top 15 US R&B and UK Top 50 hit, "Dirty Looks", written by Richard Scher & Lotti Golden, and the ballad "It's Hard for Me to Say", produced by Luther Vandross. It also included cover versions of several R&B classics, including The Bobbettes' "Mr. Lee", Jackie Ross' "Selfish One," Etta James' "Tell Mama", and The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby". A Shep Pettibone remix of "Shockwaves" was released as a single in the UK which peaked at #76.

The album was promoted with a TV special featuring Etta James, Little Richard, Billy Dee Williams, Leslie Nielsen, LL Cool J, Bernadette Peters and Wolfman Jack. The tracks "Mr Lee" and "Tell Mama" did not feature on the US version of the album and the mix of "Dirty Looks" was the UK version which differs from the US version.

The cover photography was by Herb Ritts.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Dirty Looks" (Richard Scher, Lotti Golden) – 3:21 (different mix than US release, which runs at 4:10)
  2. "Stranger in Paradise" (John Capek, Amy Sky) – 3:59
  3. "Summertime" (Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson) – 4:04
  4. "Shine" (Mick Hucknall) – 3:32
  5. "Tell Me Again" (Wintley Phipps) – 3:13
  6. "Mr. Lee" (Emma Pought, Jannie Pought, Helen Gather, Laura Webb, Reather Dixon) – 3:07 (song not included on US release)

Side B

  1. "Tell Mama" (Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell) – 3:38 (song not included on US release)
  2. "Selfish One" (Carl Smith, Wilfred McKinley) – 3:31
  3. "Cross My Heart" (Sharon Robinson) – 4:09
  4. "There Goes My Baby" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, George Treadwell, Lover Patterson) – 3:03
  5. "It's Hard for Me to Say" (Luther Vandross) – 4:43
  6. "Shockwaves" (Diana Ross, Mark Cawley, Bill Wray) – 3:46

The album will be re-released in 2014 on september 2nd by Funky Town Grooves records, with bonus material, listed below : As expanded tracklisting on the first CD : 11. "Mr. Lee" (European Album Version) 12. "Tell Mama" (European Album Version) 13. "Sweet Soul Music" (Previously Un-Released)

On a second CD :

  1. "Dirty Looks" (Remix Version)
  2. "Dirty Looks" (Instrumental)
  3. "Dirty Looks" (Bonus Beats)
  4. "Dirty Looks" (UK Album Mix)
  5. "Shockwaves" (12” Remix)
  6. "Shockwaves" (Instrumental)
  7. "Shockwaves" (7” Remix)
  8. "Mr. Lee" (Swing Mix)
  9. "Mr. Lee" (Rare Groove Version)
  10. "Mr Lee" (7" Swing Beat Mix)