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 certified platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 copies.[2] It yielded five UK top 40 hits, including "One Shining Moment" (UK #10), and "If We Hold on Together"(#11). The album also went Gold in Japan. In the USA it ultimately sold a little over 100,000 copies.[3]

"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).[4] 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.[5][6]

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. "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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