Diana Ross (1976 album)

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Diana Ross
Diana Ross (1976 album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1976
Recorded1975
Genre
Length33:00
LabelMotown
M6-861S1
ProducerMichael Masser
Hal Davis
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Berry Gordy
Don Costa
Lawrence Brown
Gil Askey
Diana Ross chronology
Live at Caesars Palace
(1974)
Diana Ross
(1976)
Diana Ross' Greatest Hits
(1976)
Singles from Diana Ross
  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) / No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever"
    Released: September 24, 1975
  2. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love) / After You"
    Released: February 20, 1976
  3. "Love Hangover / Kiss Me Now"
    Released: March 16, 1976
  4. "One Love in My Lifetime / Smile"
    Released: August 11, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]

Diana Ross is a 1976 album by Diana Ross for the Motown label, her second self-titled LP (the first was her 1970 debut album, later rereleased as Ain't No Mountain High Enough). It reached #5 in the USA (4 R&B) and sold over 700,000 copies .[4]

The album was Ross' biggest-selling album since 1973's Touch Me in the Morning, and the first of Ross' albums since her debut to yield more than four hit singles. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, #4 on the US Billboard R&B Album Chart and the Top 5 in the UK, where it was awarded a Gold disc for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[5]

Two of the singles taken from Diana Ross became #1 hits: "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (also included on the Mahogany soundtrack), and the disco anthem, "Love Hangover". A third single "I Thought it Took a Little Time" was on its way to another pop smash when its pop chart life was circumvented due to having to rush release "Love Hangover" to obliterate a competing version by The 5th Dimension. "I Thought it Took a Little Time" did become the second Top 5 Adult Contemporary single despite its eclipsed run on the Hot 100 (see Billboard). It remains a fan favorite and was also remixed for the clubs on the Almighty Records dance compilation, We Love Diana Ross.

Ross was also nominated for a Grammy for "Love Hangover" (Best R&B Performance, Female Artist).

Victor Skrebneski photographed Diana's iconic album art. It was chosen by the Italian Fan Club association as "The Most Beautiful Album Art". It signaled a new direction as the Top 5 international smash album would yield 3 global hits. She performed most of the singles from the album on her award-winning, "An Evening with Diana Ross" Broadway show, tour, television special and album.

British soul singer Joss Stone covered "One Love In My Lifetime" for her album The Soul Sessions Vol. 2, in 2012.

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of this classic album, Motown/Universal has re-released the vinyl edition (B01FNAHXCO). The album's #1 singles, "Theme from 'Mahogany'" and "Love Hangover" have been sampled by Janet Jackson, Monica and Puff Daddy, keeping this classic album relevant for over four decades.

Track listing[edit]

For the original 1976 album issued on Motown M6-861S1 and the 1989 Motown CD re-issue.

Side One

  1. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin) – 3:22
  2. "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" (Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer) – 3:19
  3. "Love Hangover" (Marilyn McLeod, Pam Sawyer) – 7:49
  4. "Kiss Me Now" (Gwen Gordy Fuqua, Kenneth Lupper, Bobby Susser) – 2:42

Side Two

  1. "You're Good My Child" (Kenneth Lupper) – 3:35
  2. "One Love in My Lifetime" (Lawrence Brown, Terri McFadden, Leonard Perry) – 3:37
  3. "Ain't Nothin' But a Maybe" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 3:35
  4. "After You" (Michael Masser, Ron Miller) – 4:06
  5. "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner) – 2:55

CD re-issue[edit]

2012 Expanded Edition

Track listing for 2012 2-CD set issued on the Hip-o-Select label.

Disc 1

  1. "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" - 3:24
  2. "I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love)" - 3:25
  3. "Love Hangover" - 7:48
  4. "Kiss Me Now" - 2:44
  5. "You're Good My Child" - 3:36
  6. "One Love In My Lifetime" - 3:40
  7. "Ain't Nothin' But A Maybe" - 3:26
  8. "After You" - 4:11
  9. "Smile" - 3:00
  10. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" (Single Version) (Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer) - 3:33
  11. "Together" (Single Version) (Michael Masser, Pam Sawyer) - 3:17
  12. "I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love)" (Single Version) - 3:21
  13. "Love Hangover" (Single Version) - 3:49
  14. "One Love In My Lifetime" (Single Version) - 4:03
  15. "To Love Again" (Alternate Version) (Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin)- 4:33
  16. "We're Always Saying Goodbye" (Alternate Version) (Ron Miller, Terry Etlinger) - 2:35
  17. "This Christmas" (Alternate Version) (Nadine McKinnor, Donny Pitts) - 4:10
  18. "Coming Home" (Unreleased Mix of Coca-Cola advert) (William Bakker, Roquel Davis, Rob McBrien) - 1:44

Tracks 1 to 9 include a remaster of the complete 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 10 and 11 non-album single tracks issued as A and B-side in 1975

Tracks 12 to 14 edited/remixed single versions taken from the 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 15 and 16 alternative versions of tracks taken from the 1978 album Ross

Track 17 alternative version of a track taken from the 1993 Motown album Christmas In The City

Track 18 previously unreleased mix of 1975 advert soundtrack for Coca-Cola, issued on Motown promotional single only

Disc 2

  1. "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Alternate Version #1) - 3:26
  2. "I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love)" (Alternate Version) - 3:58
  3. "Love Hangover" (Alternate Version) - 8:17
  4. "Kiss Me Now" (Alternate Version) - 2:58
  5. "You're Good My Child" (Alternate Version) - 4:36
  6. "One Love In My Lifetime" (Alternate Version) - 4:40
  7. "Ain't Nothin' But A Maybe" (Alternate Version) - 4:00
  8. "After You" (Alternate Version) - 5:00
  9. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" (Alternate Version) - 3:35
  10. "Together" (Alternate Version) - 4:19
  11. "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Alternate Version #2) - 4:05
  12. "Harmony" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 3:45
  13. "Le Lo Li" (Sylvester Stewart) - 3:26
  14. "Go Where Your Mind Is" (Jeffery Bowen, Bubba Banks) - 3:23
  15. "Diana Ross Interview" - 15:49

Tracks 1 to 8 and 11 include alternative takes from the 1976 album Diana Ross

Tracks 9 and 10 alternative takes of non-album single tracks issued as A and B-side in 1975

Tracks 12 to 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1975 and 1976

Track 15 January 1976 interview for TWA Airlines; conducted by Don Pietromonaco

Charts[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[6]
US US
R&B
1976 Diana Ross 5 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[8]
US UK US
R&B
US
Dance
1975 "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" 1 5 14
1976 "I Thought it Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" 47 32 61
1976 "Love Hangover" 1 10 1 1
1976 "One Love in My Lifetime" 25 - 10

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diana Ross (1976)". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
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  4. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  5. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  6. ^ "Diana Ross US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Diana Ross in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "Diana Ross US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.