One Woman: The Ultimate Collection

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One Woman: The Ultimate Collection
Diana-Ross-One-Woman.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released1993
Recorded1964 - 1993
GenreSoul/pop
LabelEMI
Diana Ross chronology
Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs
(1993)
One Woman: The Ultimate Collection
(1993)
Diana Extended: The Remixes
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]

One Woman: The Ultimate Collection is a compilation album released by American R&B singer Diana Ross on EMI in 1993. The single-disc collection was the alternative to Ross' 1993 four CD box set, Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs, which was a 30th anniversary commemorative of her hit making years in three decades including work with The Supremes. This collection was similar featuring both Supremes hits and solo hits.

It became Ross' best-selling album in the United Kingdom selling over 1,200,000 copies (4x platinum). It peaked at number one on the UK album charts for two weeks, not in sequential order dominating the holiday week of 1993. The success of this release in the United Kingdom meant that Diana would embark on her most extensive tour of Great Britain after 28 years of touring in that market since her maiden tour with The Supremes on "The Motortown Revue" in 1965.

The album was first introduced to the United Kingdom, Europe and International markets with an inventive four week sequential advertising buy before its release, on prime time television. The first week began with a shot of her legs laying down and a music sound bed that included the just released new single "Chain Reaction 1993", the second week you saw her mid-torso and teaser quotes inviting the viewer to guess who it was though the music gave huge cues of her next single "The Best Years of My Life", the third week the upper torso was now visible and more familiar music sound bed made it almost impossible not to know who it was. The final week, days before the album's commercial release, you saw Diana in a full, sensual Albert Watson photo shoot lying down and a megamix of her biggest hits. This proved to a hugely successful creative campaign for which EMI International received lots of praise. According to Soundscan, this collection sold over 275,000 in the United States despite never making the charts there.[2]

Track listing[edit]

International edition
  1. "Where Did Our Love Go" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:36
  2. "Baby Love" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:37
    • From Where Did Our Love Go
  3. "You Can't Hurry Love" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:54
  4. "Reflections" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:53
  5. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" (Ashford, Simpson) - 3:01
  6. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (7" Edit) (Ashford, Simpson) - 3:30
    • Full-length version appears on 1970 album Diana Ross
  7. "Touch Me in the Morning" (Masser, Miller) - 3:28
  8. "Love Hangover" (7" Edit) (McLeod, Sawyer) - 3:45
    • Full-length version appears on 1976 album Diana Ross
  9. "I'm Still Waiting" (Richards) - 3:44
  10. "Upside Down" (Edwards, Rodgers) - 4:07
  11. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Goffin, Masser) - 3:26
  12. "Endless Love" (Duet with Lionel Richie) (Richie) - 4:30
  13. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (Goldner, Lymon) - 2:55
  14. "Chain Reaction" (Gibb, Gibb, Gibb) - 3:47
  15. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Bettis, Hammond) - 4:13
  16. "One Shining Moment" (Thomas) - 4:47
    • From The Force Behind the Power
  17. "If We Hold on Together" (Horner, Mann, Jennings) - 4:11
  18. "The Best Years of My Life" (Davis, Jennings) - 4:22
    • 1993 recording
  19. "Your Love" (Friedman) - 4:04
    • 1993 recording
  20. "Let's Make Every Moment Count" (Goffin, Snow) - 4:21
    • 1993 recording
U.S. edition
  1. "Where Did Our Love Go" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:36
  2. "Baby Love" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:37
    • From Where Did Our Love Go
  3. "Stop! In the Name of Love" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:53
  4. "You Can't Hurry Love" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:54
  5. "Reflections" (Holland–Dozier–Holland) - 2:53
  6. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" (Ashford, Simpson) - 3:01
  7. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (7" Edit) (Ashford, Simpson) - 3:30
    • Full-length version appears on 1970 album Diana Ross
  8. "Touch Me in the Morning" (Masser, Miller) - 3:28
  9. "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (Goffin, Masser) - 3:26
  10. "Love Hangover" (7" Edit) (McLeod, Sawyer) - 3:45
    • Full-length version appears on 1976 album Diana Ross
  11. "Upside Down" (Edwards, Rodgers) - 4:07
  12. "Endless Love" (Duet with Lionel Richie) (Richie) - 4:30
  13. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (Goldner, Lymon) - 2:55
  14. "Chain Reaction" (Gibb, Gibb, Jackson) - 3:47
  15. "Missing You" (Lionel Richie) - 4:19
  16. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Bettis, Hammond) - 4:13
  17. "One Shining Moment" (Thomas) - 4:47
    • From The Force Behind the Power
  18. "If We Hold on Together" (Horner, Mann, Jennings) - 4:11
  19. "The Best Years of My Life" (Davis, Jennings) - 4:22
    • 1993 recording
  20. "Someday We'll Be Together" (Single Remix) (Jackey Beavers, Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua) - 3:03

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[3] Platinum 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  3. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1996". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – One Woman - Ultimate Collection". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type One Woman - Ultimate Collection in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.