Ross (1978 album)

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Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September 3, 1978
Recorded 1971–1978
Genre R&B, soul
Length 38:56
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis, Greg Wright, Ashford & Simpson, Michael Masser
Diana Ross chronology
Baby It's Me
(1977)Baby It's Me1977
The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1978)The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack1978
Singles from Ross
  1. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make it Right / Together"
    Released: February 11, 1975
  2. "Lovin' Livin' and Givin'"
    Released: June, 1978
  3. "What You Gave Me / Together"
    Released: December 28, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Ross is a 1978 studio album/compilation released by American singer Diana Ross on the Motown label. The album was a mixture of older tunes Ross recorded and newer recordings, side A consisting of four tracks recorded in 1978 and Side B of material recorded between the years 1971 and 1975, but remixed and/or extended by Motown in-house producer Russ Terrana specifically for the Ross album. Ross peaked at #49 on the US Pop Albums chart, and #32 on Black Albums.[2] The album failed to chart in the UK. Its final USA sales figures stood at around 150,000 copies.[3] The cover illustration was by Rickey Ricardo Gaskins. A different album also titled Ross was released on the RCA label in 1983.

Several outtakes from the 1978 Ross sessions produced by Hal Davis, Greg Wright and Michael Masser have subsequently been issued on various other albums with Ross. Titles among these include "You Build Me Up to Tear Me Down", "Sweet Summertime Livin'", "Share Some Love", "We're Always Saying Goodbye", "Fire Don't Burn" and "We Can Never Light That Old Flame Again".

Although only enjoying moderate chart success on its original release in 1978, in 2009 "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'" was one of thirteen tracks featured on Almighty Records' tribute/remix album We Love Diana Ross - The Remix Collection.[4]

While alternate versions of most of the recordings contained on the Ross album have re-surfaced on a number of Motown/Universal Music compilations over the years, the original album in its original form was eventually re-released on compact disc (SHM CD) in Japan on November 28, 2012.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'" (Kenny Stover, Pam Davis) (Extended Remix) – 5:11
    • Recorded 1978. Produced by Hal Davis. Arranged by Art Wright. Edited version originally issued on first pressings of soundtrack album Thank God It's Friday (Casablanca), May 1978. Overdubbed remix issued on subsequent pressings. Re-remixed for album Ross, scheduled as US Motown single October 1978 (cancelled). Released as A-side single in the UK, Continental Europe and Scandinavia b/w "You Got It" (UK), "After You" (Germany and Scandinavia) and "Top of the World" (France and Italy).
  2. "What You Gave Me" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 4:57
    • Recorded 1978. Produced by Hal Davis. Arranged by Art Wright. Edited version (3:39) released as 7" single b/w "Together" (1978 Remix). Also released as Motown US promo 12" single 12 TMG 1135, including extended remix (6:06) b/w "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Album version), commercially released as Motown blue vinyl 12" single 1C 052-62 325 YZ b/w "Lovin' Livin' and Givin'" in Germany.
  3. "Never Say I Don't Love You" (Greg Wright, Karin Patterson) – 3:50
    • Recorded 1978. Produced by Greg Wright. Arranged by Greg Wright, John Barnes.
  4. "You Were the One" (Greg Wright, Karin Patterson) – 4:01
    • Recorded 1978. Produced by Greg Wright. Arranged by Greg Wright, Jimmie Haskell, John Barnes.
Side B
  1. "Reach Out I'll Be There" (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland Jr.) (1978 Extended Remix) – 5:30
    • Recorded 1971. Produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson. Arranged by Paul Riser. Edited version (3:59) originally released as Motown single, April 1971 b/w "They Long to Be Close to You" and original full-length version (4:50) on album Surrender, June 1971.
  2. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" (1978 Remix) (Michael Masser) – 3:28
    • Recorded 1974. Produced by Michael Masser. Arranged by Lee Holdridge, Michael Masser. Originally released as Motown US & UK single, February 1975, b/w "Together".
  3. "Where Did We Go Wrong" (1978 Remix) (Ron Miller, Tom Baird) – 4:24
  4. "To Love Again" (1978 Remix) (Gerry Goffin, Michael Masser) – 4:04
    • Recorded 1975. Produced by Michael Masser. Arranged by Lee Holdridge, Michael Masser. Outtake from Mahogany OST sessions, 1975.
  5. "Together" (1978 Remix) (Michael Masser and Pam Sawyer) – 3:31
    • Recorded 1975. Produced by Michael Masser. Arranged by Gene Page. Originally released as B-side of Motown US & UK single "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right", February 1975.

Detailed info on track "Lovin', Livin' and Givin"[edit]

The version of "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'" in the movie Thank God It's Friday is almost an instrumental used as a background for dialogue.

The different versions of the song are as following:

  1. On the LP Ross (1978) and later as a B-side on the 12" "The Boss" – 5:10 (with its own disco break).
  2. On the MCA re-issue I'm Coming Out and on the CD Anthology from 1986 (the 5:10 version edited to 3:30 with a progressive synthesizer intro but without the disco break).
  3. On the European 7" and the US movie soundtrack (4:40 with a 50-second disco break different from the album version break). This version is the one available on the CD Thank God It's Friday (on both the single CD edition and the 2-CD set).
  4. On the 1983 double LP Anthology (4:00, same as #3 without the progressive synth intro).
  5. On the original Thank God it's Friday European LP (3:15, with a different arrangement, less synth).
  6. On the CD The Motown Anthology (same as #5 but longer, 4:40). This one is usually referred to as the film mix, which it isn't. The mostly instrumental version heard in the film would in fact be #7.

Detailed track info, album Ross[edit]

The complete original album was finally released on CD in Japan; this is a list of alternate versions available on other CDs:

  1. "Lovin', Livin' and Givin'"
    • 7" version on album Anthology
    • European 7" version on Thank God It's Friday soundtrack reissue
    • Thank God It's Friday full-length European LP mix on The Motown Anthology.
  2. "What You Gave Me"
  3. "Reach Out I'll Be There"
    • Original version on album Surrender (different mix)
    • Mix #2 on Anthology (1986) and The Motown Anthology
    • Mix #3 on Forever Diana
  4. "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right"
  5. "Where Did We Go Wrong"
  6. "Together"

Personnel and production[edit]

  • Berry Gordy – executive producer
  • Suzee Wendy Ikeda – producer assistant
  • Russ Terrana – mix
  • Jack Andrews – mastering
  • Mixed and mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Rickey Ricardo Gaskins – artwork (illustration)
  • Brenda Boyce – art direction
  • Tony Jones – art direction



Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 49[5]
U.S. Billboard Black Albums Chart 32[6]