The Force Behind the Power

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The Force Behind the Power
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre R&B
Length 47:33/56:51
Label Motown
Producer Stevie Wonder, Al B. Sure!, James Anthony Carmichael, Peter Asher
Diana Ross chronology
Greatest Hits Live
(1989)
The Force Behind the Power
(1991)
Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings... Jazz and Blues
(1993)
Singles from The Force Behind the Power
  1. "If We Hold On Together / If We Hold On Together (Instrumental)"
    Released: January 21, 1989
  2. "No Matter What You Do (Duet w/ Al B. Sure)"
    Released: February 20, 1991
  3. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me / You and I"
    Released: August 20, 1991
  4. "You're Gonna Love It"
    Released: October 15, 1991
  5. "The Force Behind The Power / You're Gonna Love It"
    Released: January 15, 1992
  6. "Waiting in the Wings"
    Released: April 28, 1992
  7. "One Shining Moment"
    Released: 1992
  8. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Force Behind the Power is a 1991 album, released by Diana Ross on the Motown label. It reached #102 in the USA and #11 in the UK, and its first single, "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" became an international hit, reaching #1 in the Philippines, #2 in the U.K.,#4 in The Netherlands, #6 in Norway as well as making the Top 40 R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in the United States.

In the UK the album was nearly certified double platinum for sales near 600,000 copies. It yielded five UK top 40 hits, including "One Shining Moment" (UK #10), and "If We Hold on Together" which reached #11. The album also went Gold in Japan.

"If We Hold On Together" was from Don Bluth's 1988 animated adventure film The Land Before Time. It rose to prominence after released as a single worldwide in 1989 (most prominently in Japan in 1990, after it was used as the theme song for the TBS drama Omoide ni Kawaru Made).[2] It reached #1 on the Japanese Oricon International single charts for 12 contiguous weeks making it the biggest selling record by a foreign artist; and in total, sold over 400,000 copies.[3][4]

The international edition of The Force Behind the Power has two additional tracks, "No Matter What You Do," a Top 5 R&B duet with Al B. Sure!, as well as "You And I".

The album was successful enough internationally that Ross' "Here and Now" World Tour lasted nearly 2 years.

Track listings[edit]

US edition

  1. "Change of Heart" (Terry Britten, Graham Lyle) - 4:02
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (John Bettis, Albert Hammond David Campbell) - 4:13
  3. "I Live on a Battlefield" (Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, David Campbell) - 3:35
  4. "Blame It on the Sun" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright, David Campbell) - 3:55
  5. "Heavy Weather" (Michael Sembello) - 4:59
  6. "The Force Behind the Power" (Stevie Wonder) - 4:45
  7. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)" (Robbie Buchanan, Diane Warren, David Campbell) - 4:19
  8. "Waiting in the Wings" (Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield) - 4:52
  9. "One Shining Moment" (Vaneese Thomas, David Campbell) - 4:48
  10. "You're Gonna Love It" (Cydney Davis, Lloyd Tolbert) - 5:11
  11. "If We Hold on Together" (James Horner, Will Jennings, David Campbell) - 4:09

International edition

  1. "Change of Heart" (Britten, Lyle) - 4:03
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Bettis, Hammond, David Campbell) - 4:13
  3. "Battlefield" (Carrack, Lowe, David Campbell) - 3:35
  4. "Blame It on the Sun" (Wonder, Wright, David Campbell) - 3:55
  5. "You're Gonna Love It" (Davis, Tolbert) - 5:11
  6. "Heavy Weather" (Sembello) - 4:59
  7. "The Force Behind the Power" (Wonder) - 4:42
  8. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)" (Buchanan, Warren, David Campbell) - 4:19
  9. "Waiting in the Wings" (Hill, Sinfield) - 4:52
  10. "You and I" (Dormer, Goldo, Vigil, David Campbell) - 4:09
  11. "One Shining Moment" (Thomas, David Campbell) - 4:48
  12. "If We Hold on Together" (James Horner, Will Jennings, David Campbell) - 4:13
  13. "No Matter What You Do" (duet with Al B. Sure!) (Brown, West) - 5:09

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