Ross (1983 album)
|Studio album by Diana Ross|
|Released||June 9, 1983|
|Producer||Gary Katz, Diana Ross, Ray Parker Jr|
|Diana Ross chronology|
|Singles from Ross|
Ross is a 1983 album by American singer Diana Ross, her third released on the RCA label. The album was a critical and commercial failure. It was released shortly before Ross gave a pair of free concerts in New York's Central Park. The album reached #32 on the US charts, #14 on the US R&B charts and #44 in the UK. It has never been reissued as a digital download.
Five of the eight tracks were produced by Gary Katz, two by Ray Parker Jr and one by Ross. The disc's premier single, "Pieces of Ice", was accompanied by a music video that included the blond lead dancer from Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video. It peaked at #31 on the US charts. Subsequent singles "Up Front" (US R&B #60, UK #79) and "Let's Go Up" (US #77) were also minor hits. "Up Front" was remixed by Jolley & Swain for its European release.
It remains the only Diana Ross album that has not been re-released here nor abroad. It is believed that Diana now owns all of her 80s era masters along with the albums that are imprinted with her boutique label, Ross Records. This includes every release from "Working Overtime", "The Force Behind the Power" to 2006's "I Love You". It has become fairly standard for superstar acts to regain their masters 20 years after the original release date.
The artwork extracted shots from the photo session to promote her iconic "Diana Ross Live in Central Park: For One and For All" concert(s).
While Gary Katz had rarely worked with any act of Diana's caliber, many fans embraced the eclectic work, often citing "Pieces of Ice" as a favorite single.
- "That's How You Start Over" (Ed Sanford, Michael McDonald) – 4:09
- "Love Will Make It Right" (Donald Fagen) – 4:44
- "You Do It" (Deborah Allen, Eddie Struzick, Rafe Van Hoy) – 4:31
- "Pieces of Ice" (John Capek, Marc Jordan) – 4:54
- "Let's Go Up" (Franne Golde, Peters Ivers) – 4:01
- "Love or Loneliness" (Ray Parker Jr.) – 4:17
- "Up Front" (Ray Parker Jr.) – 3:56
- "Girls" (Bill Wray, Marc Jordan, Diana Ross) – 3:58