20 Golden Greats (Diana Ross album)

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20 Golden Greats
20goldengreatsDiana.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released2 Nov 1979[1]
Recorded1970-1979
GenrePop, soul
Length67:28
LabelTamla Motown
Diana Ross chronology
The Boss
(1979)
20 Golden Greats
(1979)
Diana
(1980)

"20 Golden Greats" is a compilation album by Diana Ross, released on the Motown label in Europe in 1979. Although Ross had scored 22 single hits in the UK since leaving The Supremes in 1970, the album only contained the 18 solo tracks that had charted for Ross in the UK, together with the two tracks that had charted in partnership with Marvin Gaye. Both the hit singles Ease on Down (with Michael Jackson) and Pops, We Love You (with Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder) were excluded in favour of solo hits. By the time the album was released, Ross had already scored her 23rd post-Supremes hit single (her 19th solo) with It's My House, which was thus not included. The album was released just two years after the 20 Golden Greats compilation featuring 18 of her 21 UK hits with The Supremes. The album was certified Platinum in the U.K for sales in excess of 300,000 copies.[2]

The album was released for the international market and became the singer's best charting album in the UK since another greatest hits collection (released in 1976) also peaked at #2. Due to the large number of tracks included and the time limitations of the vinyl album format the running time of several titles were changed and were either slightly edited or had fade-out ends. The 20 Golden Greats album remains unreleased on CD.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Original Album, YearLength
1."Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"Michael Masser, Gerry GoffinMahogany – 1975
Diana Ross – 1976
3:21
2."Touch Me in the Morning"Masser, Ron MillerTouch Me in the Morning – 19733:59
3."Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" (duet with Marvin Gaye)T. Bell, L. CreedDiana & Marvin – 19732:51
4."No One Gets The Prize"Nickolas Ashford, Valerie SimpsonThe Boss – 19793:49
5."Ain't No Mountain High Enough"Ashford & SimpsonDiana Ross – 19703:33
6."Love Hangover"Marilyn McLeod, Pam SawyerDiana Ross – 19763:44
7."All Of My Life"Michael RandallTouch Me in the Morning – 19733:21
8."I'm Still Waiting"RichardsEverything Is Everything – 19703:32
9."Lovin', Livin' And Givin'"Kenny Stover, Pam DavisThank God It's Friday – 1978
Ross – 1978 (remix)
3:48
10."The Boss"Ashford & SimpsonThe Boss – 19793:41
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Original Album, YearLength
1."You Are Everything" (Duet with Marvin Gaye)Bell, CreedDiana & Marvin – 19732:50
2."Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right"Michael MasserNon-album single – 1975
Ross – 1978 (remix)
3:30
3."Last Time I Saw Him"Masser, Pam SawyerLast Time I Saw Him – 19732:48
4."Love Me"Baird, Fekaris, ZessesLast Time I Saw Him – 19732:55
5."Remember Me"Ashford & SimpsonSurrender – 19713:29
6."Surrender"Ashford & SimpsonSurrender – 19712:50
7."Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"Ashford & SimpsonDiana Ross – 19703:04
8."Gettin' Ready for Love"Golde, SnowBaby It's Me – 19772:50
9."Doobedood'ndoobe, Doobedood'ndoobe, Doobedood'ndoo"RichardsEverything Is Everything – 19704:10
10."I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"Masser, Pam SawyerDiana Ross – 19763:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[3] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Platinum 300,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMI advertisement for the album" (PDF). Music Week: 7. 1979-11-03.
  2. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Diana Ross – 20 Golden Greats". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Diana Ross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – 20 Golden Greats". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 October 2021.