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|Studio album by Diana Ross|
|Released||September 10, 1982|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, Funk, Disco|
|Producer||Diana Ross, Michael Jackson|
|Diana Ross chronology|
|Singles from Silk Electric|
Silk Electric is a 1982 album released by American singer Diana Ross on the RCA label. It reached #27 in the USA (#5 R&B), #33 in the UK and the top 20 in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. The album is notable for its iconic Andy Warhol-designed cover. The LP contained Ross' Top 10, Grammy-nominated single, "Muscles". It was the second album self-produced by the singer except for the aforementioned hit, which was produced and written by Michael Jackson. The album was certified Gold in the USA and Silver in the UK.
The Andy Warhol cover design was replicated on the actual LP press, which instead of being called "Side 1" and "Side 2" were called "Face A" and "Face B". The song "Turn Me Over" was actually a cue to the listener to turn the record album or cassette over to the second side or "face." This cue would be unnecessary on the new CD format or in the digital MP3 world. The initial release of the LP had a clear sticker that contained the "Silk Electric" logo, so that once removed the cover looked like the Warhol painting without any words.
In 1984, with a different arrangement, the song "In Your Arms", written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser, was covered by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston as "Hold Me", charting as Houston's debut single that same year.
Diana expanded her creative contributions with this album being her second self-produced project. She also co-wrote 4 songs on this album. Her publishing company, Rossville Music was credited for more songs. Around the same time, Diana also co-wrote "Ladies Hot Line" Paul Jabara for The Weather Girls. "Silk Electric" was possibly the most comprehensive self-contained album in her discography. She included songs that she either co-wrote, assigned to her publishing company and produced all but the first single, "Muscles", the American Music Award nominee written and produced by Michael Jackson.
On tour, she made "Muscles" into a fun audience participation experience, "So Close" was included as part of the sound of music in her teen years and possibly her dating Kiss' "Gene Simmons" inspired her hard rock turn "Fool For Your Love" with a much more R&B edge on tour.
RTC her touring entity also boasted a successful world tour in 1982 including dates across the states, Europe, Australia and Asia.
This was possibly her most New York studio edged album as she sourced session players famous in that city. Nona Hendryx, also signed by RCA at the time, stated to one rock magazine reporter that Diana needed more spark in her music, this seemed to be a response to that.
This album is out of print in the states, but, is still a staple internationally in her digital music library at the global DSPs.
- "Muscles" (Michael Jackson) - 4:36
- "So Close" (Bill Wray, Rob Mounsey) - 4:12
- "Still In Love" (Randy Handley) - 4:06
- "Fool For Your Love" (Bill Wray, Ray Chew) - 3:47
- "Turn Me Over" (Steve Goldstein) - 1:10
- "Who" (Barry Blue, Rod Bowkett) - 3:45
- "Love Lies" (Allan Chapman, Michael Hanna) - 4:05
- "In Your Arms" (Linda Creed, Michael Masser) - 3:30
- "Anywhere You Run To" (David Roberts) - 3:30
- "I Am Me" (Freddie Gorman, Janie Bradford) - 3:50
- Diana Ross - vocals, producer
- Michael Jackson - producer
- Patti Austin - vocals
- Luther Vandross - vocals
- Rob Mounsey - string & horn arrangement
- Bill Wolfer - synthesizer
- Paul Shaffer - keyboards
- Tawatha Agee - vocals
- Joe Bargar - piano
- Errol Bennett - percussion
- Michael Boddicker - synthesizer
- Ray Chew - keyboards
- Cissy Houston - vocals
- Eric Gale - guitar
- Steve Goldstein - synthesizer
- Lucio Hopper - bass
- Yogi Horton - drums
- Neil Jason - bass
- Bob Kulick - guitar
- Paulette McWilliams - vocals
- Rick Marotta - drums
- Daniel Miller - keyboards
- Jeff Mironov - guitar
- Jonathan Moffett - drums
- Julia Tillman Waters - vocals
- Greg Smith - synthesizer
- Ed Walsh - synthesizer
- Maxine Willard Waters - vocals
- David Williams - guitar
- Nathan Watts - bass