Diana Ross (1970 album)

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Diana Ross
Dianasolo.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 1970
RecordedSeptember 1969 – March 1970
GenreR&B[1]
Length36:58
LabelMotown
Producer
Diana Ross chronology
Diana Ross
(1970)
Everything Is Everything
(1970)
Singles from Diana Ross
  1. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
    Released: April 1970
  2. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
    Released: July 16, 1970

Diana Ross is the debut solo studio album by American singer Diana Ross. It was released by Motown Records on June 19, 1970 in the United States. The ultimate test to see if the former Supremes frontwoman could make it as a solo act, the album was overseen by the songwriting-producing team of Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, who had Ross re-record several of the songs the duo had recorded on other Motown acts. Johnny Bristol, producer of her final single with The Supremes, contributed on the The Velvelettes cover "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You."

The album reached number 19 on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Diana Ross would later go on to sell 500,000 copies in the United States.[2] Ross' first solo single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", sold over 500,000 copies in the US, but was somewhat of a disappointment in terms of chart success, when it charted at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its follow-up, a cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", peaked at number one on the Hot 100, selling approximately 1,245,000 copies in the US, while garnering a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The 2002 Expanded Edition re-release of the album featured a number of bonus tracks, including four from her unreleased sessions with 5th Dimension producer Bones Howe. These included two Laura Nyro covers which would subsequently be recorded by Barbra Streisand for her 1971 album Stoney End as well as "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" which become a Fifth Dimension hit in 1971.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
BBCPositive[4]

Diana Ross received generally positive reviews from music critics. Ron Wynn of AllMusic, gave the album four and half stars out of five, and stated that the album was the best album she had released while under contract with Motown, and perhaps her best work ever, and that it proved that she would be able to be successful without The Supremes. [5] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said that while there were two or three good songs, the rest came off bland and boring, also saying that the album did not age well since its release.[3] In a positive review, Daryl Easlea of BBC stated that despite the album cover making it look more bland and uninteresting, that the album and its songs made up for this.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Diana Ross made its debut on the US Billboard 200 on the chart dated July 11th, 1970, debuting at number 71.[6] On the chart issue dated October 3, 1970, it reached its peak at number 19.[7] The album eventually was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of 500,000 copies.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"3:02
2."Now That There's You"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:27
3."You're All I Need to Get By"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:24
4."These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"3:06
5."Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
6:18
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Something on My Mind"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
2:24
2."I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:15
3."Keep an Eye"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
4."Where There Was Darkness"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
5."Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
6."Dark Side of the World"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:08

2002 expanded edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:02
2."Now That There's You"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:27
3."You're All I Need to Get By"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:24
4."These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"
  • Fuqua
  • Bristol
  • Moy
3:06
5."Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
6:18
6."Something on My Mind"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
2:24
7."I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:15
8."Keep an Eye"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
9."Where There Was Darkness"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
10."Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:12
11."Dark Side of the World"
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:08
12."Something on My Mind" (Live)
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
2:37
13."Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Alternate Mix)
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
6:06
14."Now That There's You" (Alternate Vocal Version)
  • Ashford
  • Simpson
3:08
15."These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" (Alternate Mix)
  • Fuqua
  • Bristol
  • Moy
3:13
16."Time and Love"Laura Nyro4:08
17."Stoney End"Nyro3:39
18."The Interim"Cheryl Ernst-Wells4:49
19."Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes"Dorothea Joyce4:02

Personnel[edit]

  • Diana Ross – lead vocals (all tracks)
  • Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson – producers, background vocals (tracks A1–A3, A5–B6)
  • Johnny Bristol – producer, additional vocals (on "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You")
  • Paul Riser – arranger
  • The Andantes – background vocals
  • Jackey Beavers – background vocals
  • Maxine & Julia Waters – background vocals (on "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You")
  • The Funk Brothers – instrumentation (all tracks)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 14
US Billboard 200[10] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. "AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ a b Easlea, Daryl. "Review of Diana Ross - Diana Ross". Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. "AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn". allmusic.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Billboard (July 11, 1970) [1]
  7. ^ Billboard (October 3, 1970) [2]
  8. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  9. ^ "Diana Ross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.