Live at Caesars Palace

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Live at Caesars Palace
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Live album by
ReleasedMay 1974
RecordedFebruary 1973
VenueCaesars Palace (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Genre
Length46:13
LabelMotown
ProducerBerry Gordy (exec.)
Diana Ross chronology
Last Time I Saw Him
(1973)
Live at Caesars Palace
(1974)
Diana Ross
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Live at Caesars Palace is a live album by the American singer Diana Ross, released in 1974.[4] It was recorded during a 1973 performance at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace.[5] It was the first of two live albums Ross recorded for Motown. It reached No. 64 in the USA (#15 R&B).[6]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic wrote that "the staged conversations, often awkward monologues, and rough pacing were balanced by some excellent performances, and the album was produced well enough to keep her voice at the core of the sound."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Overture" - 0:49
  2. "Don't Rain on My Parade" [from Funny Girl] (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill) - 2:21
  3. "Big Mable Murphy" (Dallas Frazier) - 3:02
  4. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 6:57
  5. "The Supremes Medley: Stop! In the Name of Love / My World Is Empty Without You / Baby Love /I Hear a Symphony" (Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland) - 5:19
  6. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 4:57

Side B:

  1. "Corner of the Sky" [from Pippin] (Stephen Schwartz) - 4:04
  2. "Bein' Green" (Joe Raposo) - 2:49
  3. "I Loves You, Porgy" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 1:37
  4. "Lady Sings the Blues Medley: Lady Sings the Blues / God Bless the Child / Good Morning Heartache / 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness if I Do"" (Billie Holiday, Ervin Drake, Porter Grainger, Arthur Herzog Jr., Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) - 7:24
  5. "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 2:29
  6. "My Man" (Channing Pollack) - 4:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Diana Ross - vocals
  • Gil Askey - arranger, conductor
  • Marty Harris - piano
  • Gene Pello - drums
  • Greg Poree - guitar
  • Jerry Steinholtz - percussion, conga
  • Nat Brandwynne and His Orchestra
  • Devastating Affair - background vocals
  • Pepito Hernandez - bass
Technical
  • Armin Steiner - recording engineer
  • John E. Mills, Ralph Lotten - remix engineers
  • Bill "The Blade" Lazerus - engineer
  • David Larkham, Ed Caraeff, Michael Ross - art direction, package concept
  • Ed Caraeff - photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 92
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 21
United States (Billboard 200)[8] 64
United States (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)[8] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Live at Caesars Palace - Diana Ross | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 150.CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 605.
  4. ^ "Diana Ross | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (June 13, 2007). "Diana Ross: An Unauthorized Biography". Kensington Books – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Diana Ross". Billboard.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 259. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ a b "Diana Ross US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16.