Silk Electric

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Silk Electric
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Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September, 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Genre R&B, pop, post-disco, funk
Length 37:31
Label Capitol (Europe)
RCA (North America)
Producer Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
Diana Ross chronology
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
(1981)Why Do Fools Fall in Love1981
Silk Electric
(1982)
Ross
(1983)Ross1983
Singles from Silk Electric
  1. "Muscles / I Am Me"
    Released: September 17, 1982
  2. "So Close / Fool For Your Love"
    Released: January 7, 1983
  3. "Who / Anywhere You Run To (not released in the US)"
    Released: April 5, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]

Silk Electric is a 1982 album released by American entertainer Diana Ross on the RCA label. It reached #27 on the US Billboard 200 (#5 R&B), #33 in the UK Albums Chart and the top 20 in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. The album cover was designed by Andy Warhol. The album contains Ross' Top 10, Grammy-nominated single, "Muscles", which was produced and written by Michael Jackson. All other tracks were produced by Ross. The song "I Am Me" is incorrectly listed as written by Cindy Birdsong instead of Janie Bradford on the Diana Ross Greatest Hits - The RCA Years compilation album. The album was certified Gold in the US and Silver in the UK.

Ross toured in support of the album in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia.

In 1984, with a different arrangement, the song "In Your Arms", written by Linda Creed & Michael Masser, was covered by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston as "Hold Me".

The album was remastered and re-released on September 2, 2014 by Funky Town Grooves as an "Expanded Edition", with bonus material.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Muscles"Michael Jackson4:40
2."So Close"Bill Wray, Rob Mounsey, Diana Ross4:14
3."Still In Love"Randy Handley4:08
4."Fool For Your Love"Bill Wray, Ray Chew, Diana Ross3:48
5."Turn Me Over"Steve Goldstein1:08
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Who"Barry Blue, Rod Bowkett3:38
2."Love Lies"Allan Chapman, Michael Hanna3:47
3."In Your Arms"Linda Creed, Michael Masser4:07
4."Anywhere You Run To"David Roberts3:31
5."I Am Me"Freddie Gorman, Janie Bradford, Diana Ross3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Diana Ross – lead vocals, arrangements (3, 4, 5), backing vocals (3-10)
  • Michael Jackson – uncredited backing vocals (1)
  • Patti Austin – backing vocals (1)
  • Julia Tillman Waters – backing vocals (1)
  • Maxine Willard Waters – backing vocals (1)
  • Luther Vandross – backing vocals (2), background vocal arrangements (2)
  • Tawatha Agee - backing vocals (2)
  • Cissy Houston – backing vocals (2)
  • Paulette McWilliams – backing vocals (2)
  • Denzil Miller – keyboards (1)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (1)
  • Greg Smith – synthesizer (1)
  • Bill Wolfer – synthesizer (1)
  • Rob Mounsey – keyboards (2, 3, 7), arrangements (2, 3, 7)
  • Steve Goldstein – synthesizer (2, 5, 10), arrangements (5)
  • Ray Chew – keyboards (4, 5, 6, 8, 10), arrangements (4, 6, 10)
  • Ed Walsh – synthesizer (6, 7)
  • Paul ShafferFender Rhodes (9), rhythm arrangements (9)
  • Joe Bargar – acoustic piano (9)
  • David Williams – guitar (1)
  • Eric Gale – guitar (2, 5, 6, 8, 9)
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar (2, 5, 6, 8, 9)
  • Bob Kulick – lead and rhythm guitars (3, 4, 7, 10)
  • Nathan Watts – bass (1)
  • Neil Jason – bass (2-9)
  • Lucio Hopper – bass (10)
  • Jonathan Moffett – drums (1)
  • Yogi Horton – drums (2-7, 9, 10)
  • Rick Marotta – drums (8)
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett – percussion (10)
  • Bill Reichenbach, Jr. – string arrangements (1)
  • Paul Riser – string arrangements (6, 8, 9), rhythm arrangements (8)
  • Randy Brecker – horn arrangements (9)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Michael Jackson (Track 1); Diana Ross (Tracks 2-10).
  • Engineers – Ross Pallone and Tom Perry (Track 1); Larry Alexander (Tracks 2-10).
  • Assistant Engineer on Tracks 2-10 – Dave Greenberg
  • Track 1 recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders (Hollywood, CA); Tracks 2-10 recorded at the Power Station (New York, NY).
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Cover Art – Andy Warhol

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Shewey, Don (November 25, 1982). "Diana Ross: Silk Electric : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Silk Electric (Expanded Edition)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – Silk Electric". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Silk Electric in the search field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Diana Ross – Silk Electric". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH