The Boss (Diana Ross album)
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|Studio album by Diana Ross|
|Released||23 May 1979|
|Producer||Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson|
|Diana Ross chronology|
|Singles from The Boss|
This album was written and produced by longtime Ross collaborators Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and marked her return to Top 40 radio based on the strength of the title track, which peaked #19 on the pop singles chart, and #12 on the US R&B Chart. In addition all the LP tracks went to #1 on the dance charts, and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and eventually platinum.
For its 20th Anniversary, the album was remastered and released on CD in 1999 with 12" versions of "The Boss" and "It's My House" as extra tracks. The 12" versions of "I Ain't Been Licked" and "No One Gets the Prize"/"The Boss" appear on Diana: Deluxe Edition, and a rare remixed single version of "No One Gets the Prize" on The Motown Anthology - Diana Ross. Ivo Del Prado remixed the bass-heavy "Once in the Morning" which is a very difficult promotional-only to find. 6 out of 8 of the songs are now club classics.
Ross also promoted the album on her first HBO special, "Standing Room Only". The special was culled from her successful "Tour '79", and the setlist included the title song, "The Boss", "It's My House", "No One Gets the Prize", "I Ain't Been Licked" and "All For One".
"The Boss" is still considered by her ardent fan base as one of her finest.
All songs were written and produced by Ashford & Simpson
- Side A
- "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:40
- "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:09
- "All for One" – 4:20
- "The Boss" – 3:52
- Side B
- "Once in the Morning" – 4:54
- "It's My House" – 4:34
- "Sparkle" – 5:23
- "I'm in the World" – 4:04
- 1999 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
- 9. "The Boss" (Original 12" Remix) – 7:15
- 10. "It's My House" (Original Promotion-only 12" Remix) – 6:07
- Diana Ross - vocals
- Michael Brecker - saxophone
- Rob Mounsey - horn & string arrangements
- Errol Bennett - percussion
- Francisco Centeno - bass
- Ray Chew - keyboards
- Sammy Figueroa - percussion
- Eric Gale - guitar
- Anthony Jackson - bass
- Paul Riser - horn & string arranger
- Valerie Simpson - piano, backing vocals
- Nickolas Ashford - backing vocals
- Maxine Waters - backing vocals
- Julia Waters - backing vocals
- Stephanie Spruill - backing vocals
- John Sussewell - drums
- Greg Arnold - re-mix engineer, Marathon Recording NYC
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 502.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 222.
"Here Comes That Sound Again" by Love De-Luxe
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (all cuts)
August 25, 1979 - September 1, 1979
"Found a Cure" / "Stay Free" / "Nobody Knows" by Ashford & Simpson