Ross (1983 album)

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Ross
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 1983
Recorded1982–1983
GenreR&B, adult contemporary, post-disco, soul
Length35:50
LabelCapitol (Europe)
RCA (North America)
ProducerGary Katz, Diana Ross, Ray Parker Jr
Diana Ross chronology
Silk Electric
(1982)
Ross
(1983)
Swept Away
(1984)
Singles from Ross
  1. "Pieces of Ice"
    Released: June 17, 1983
  2. "Up Front"
    Released: September 9, 1983
  3. "Let's Go Up"
    Released: November 18, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide(unfavorable)[2]

Ross is the fourteenth studio album released by the American singer Diana Ross in 1983, her third released on the RCA label. It was released shortly before Ross gave a pair of free concerts in New York's Central Park. The album reached #32 on the US charts, #14 on the US R&B charts and #44 in the UK. The album's highest international chart position was in Sweden, where it reached #7.

Five of the eight tracks were produced by Gary Katz, two by Ray Parker Jr and one by Ross. The album's first single, "Pieces of Ice", peaked at #31 on the US charts. Subsequent singles "Up Front" (US R&B #60, UK #79) and "Let's Go Up" (US #77) - also recorded by Helen Reddy the same year - were also minor hits. "Up Front" was remixed by Jolley & Swain for its European release.

The album cut "You Do It" had previously been recorded by Sheena Easton and subsequently Rita Coolidge and Deborah Allen. The album's final US sales were slightly higher than 250,000 copies.[3]

The album was remastered and re-released in September 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, as an "Expanded Edition" with bonus material.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."That's How You Start Over"Ed Sanford, Michael McDonald4:12
2."Love Will Make It Right"Donald Fagen4:46
3."You Do It"Deborah Allen, Eddie Struzick, Rafe Van Hoy4:32
4."Pieces of Ice"John Capek, Marc Jordan4:58
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Let's Go Up"Franne Golde, Peters Ivers4:06
6."Love or Loneliness"Ray Parker Jr.4:18
7."Up Front"Ray Parker Jr.4:00
8."Girls"Bill Wray, Marc Jordan, Diana Ross4:03
2014 expanded edition bonus tracks (Funky Town Grooves)
No.TitleLength
9."Pieces of Ice" (7" Mix)4:08
10."Pieces of Ice" (12" Mix)7:16
11."Pieces of Ice" (12" Instrumental)7:16
12."Up Front" (7" Radio Mix)3:41
13."Up Front" (Special Club Mix)7:00
14."Up Front" (12" Mix)5:44
15."Up Front" (Tony Swain And Steve Jolley European 12" Remix)5:43
16."Let's Go Up" (7" Mix)3:14

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Gary Katz (Tracks 1-5); Ray Parker Jr. (Tracks 6 & 7); Diana Ross (Track 8).
  • Engineers – Daniel Lazerus (Tracks 1-5); Ray Parker Jr. (Tracks 6 & 7); Larry Alexander (Track 8).
  • Assistant Engineers – Robin Lane, Michael Morongell and Eddie Orsario (Tracks 1-5); Michael Christopher, Steve Hallquist and Steve Rinkoff (Tracks 6 & 7).
  • Additional Overdubs (Tracks 1-5) – Andy Hoffman and Wayne Yurgelun
  • Digital Technician (Tracks 1-5) – Wayne Yurgelun
  • Vocal Engineer (Tracks 6 & 7) – Andy Hoffman
  • Recorded at Soundworks Digital Audio/Video Studios, Media Sound and the Power Station (New York, NY); Sound City Studios and The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA); Ameracyan Studios (North Hollywood, CA).
  • Tracks 1, 2, 3 & 5-8 mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Track 4 mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Cover Design – Ria Lewerke
  • Photography – Uwe Ommer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 59
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 44
US Billboard 200[7] 32
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. ISBN 9780743201698.
  3. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  4. ^ "Ross (Expanded Edition)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Diana Ross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.