Silk Electric

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Silk Electric
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September, 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Genre R&B, pop, post-disco, funk
Length 37:31
Label RCA
Producer Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
Diana Ross chronology
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
(1981)
Silk Electric
(1982)
Ross
(1983)
Singles from Silk Electric
  1. "Muscles / I Am Me"
    Released: September 17, 1982
  2. "So Close / Fool For Your Love"
    Released: January 7, 1983
  3. "Who / Anywhere You Run To (not released in the US)"
    Released: April 5, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

Silk Electric is a 1982 album released by American entertainer 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 cover was designed by Andy Warhol. The LP contained Ross' Top 10, Grammy-nominated single, "Muscles", which was produced and written by Michael Jackson. All other tracks were produced by Ross. (The song "I Am Me" is incorrectly listed as written by Cindy Birdsong instead of Janie Bradford on the "Diana Ross Greatest Hits - The RCA Years" compilation album) The album was certified Gold in the USA and Silver in the UK.

Ross toured in support of the album in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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".

The album was remastered and re-released on September 2, 2014 by Funky Town Grooves as an "Expanded Edition", with bonus material.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Muscles"   Michael Jackson 4:40
2. "So Close"   Bill Wray, Rob Mounsey, Diana Ross 4:14
3. "Still In Love"   Randy Handley 4:08
4. "Fool For Your Love"   Bill Wray, Ray Chew, Diana Ross 3:48
5. "Turn Me Over"   Steve Goldstein 1:08
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Who"   Barry Blue, Rod Bowkett 3:38
2. "Love Lies"   Allan Chapman, Michael Hanna 3:47
3. "In Your Ams"   Linda Creed, Michael Masser 4:07
4. "Anywhere You Run To"   David Roberts 3:31
5. "I Am Me"   Freddie Gorman, Janie Bradford, Diana Ross 3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Diana Ross - vocals, producer
  • Michael Jackson - producer
  • Patti Austin - backing vocals
  • Luther Vandross - backing vocals
  • Rob Mounsey - string & horn arrangement
  • Bill Wolfer - synthesizer
  • Paul Shaffer - keyboards
  • Tawatha Agee - backing vocals
  • Joe Bargar - piano
  • Errol Bennett - percussion
  • Michael Boddicker - synthesizer
  • Ray Chew - keyboards
  • Cissy Houston - backing vocals
  • Eric Gale - guitar
  • Steve Goldstein - synthesizer
  • Lucio Hopper - bass
  • Yogi Horton - drums
  • Neil Jason - bass
  • Bob Kulick - guitar
  • Paulette McWilliams - backing vocals
  • Rick Marotta - drums
  • Daniel Miller - keyboards
  • Jeff Mironov - guitar
  • Jonathan Moffett - drums
  • Julia Tillman Waters - backing vocals
  • Greg Smith - synthesizer
  • Ed Walsh - synthesizer
  • Maxine Willard Waters - backing vocals
  • David Williams - guitar
  • Nathan Watts - bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Shewey, Don (November 25, 1982). "Diana Ross: Silk Electric : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Silk Electric (Expanded Edition)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.