Surrender (Diana Ross album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 6, 1971
MS 723
ProducerNickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Diana Ross chronology
Lady Sings the Blues
Singles from Surrender
  1. "Remember Me"/"How About You"
    Released: December 8, 1970
  2. "Reach Out (I'll Be There)"/"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
    Released: April 24, 1971
  3. "Surrender"/"I'm a Winner"
    Released: July 6, 1971

Surrender is a 1971 album by Diana Ross. It was her third solo LP for the Motown label. It reached #56 in the USA (#10 R&B) and sold over 200,000 copies.[1]

The album would be Ross' final studio album until the Touch Me in the Morning LP two years later. In the interim between the albums, Ross achieved Motown's goal of becoming a star thanks to her starring role in the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues.

Following the massive success of the #1 single "I'm Still Waiting" in the UK, Surrender was reissued under that title, and the hit single was added to the track listing. Another hit on the album was "Remember Me", which reached the top 20 in the US (where it sold over 500,000 copies) as well as the top ten in the UK. The album charted at #56 in America and #10 in the UK, earning a silver disc for UK sales in excess of 60,000 copies.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [3]
Christgau's Record GuideB[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, except where indicated. All arrangements by Paul Riser.[5]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Surrender" – 2:53
  2. "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Brian Holland) – 3:16
  3. "Remember Me" – 3:16
  4. "And If You See Him" – 2:50
  5. "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland) – 4:50

Side B[edit]

  1. "Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime)?" – 2:56
  2. "A Simple Thing Like Cry" – 2:56
  3. "Did You Read the Morning Paper?" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Richard Monica) – 3:53
  4. "I'll Settle for You" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead) – 2:58
  5. "I'm a Winner" – 3:05
  6. "All the Befores" – 4:35

For the only US CD release, the 1985 Motown two-for-one Ain't No Mountain High Enough/Surrender (ASIN: B000008K86), includes very different time lengths for a number of listed tracks, especially the additional 40 seconds on "Reach Out".

  1. "Surrender" – 2:53
  2. "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" – 3:20
  3. "Remember Me" – 3:32
  4. "And If You See Him" – 2:53
  5. "Reach Out, I'll Be There" – 5:30
  6. "Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime)" – 3:05
  7. "A Simple Thing Like Cry" – 3:05
  8. "Did You Read the Morning Paper?" – 3:52
  9. "I'll Settle for You" – 3:08
  10. "I'm a Winner" – 3:12
  11. "All the Befores" – 4:44

A new, expanded edition of Surrender was released on December 2008 and included these additional songs:

  1. "I'm Still Waiting"
Previously unreleased tracks:
  1. "Baby I'll Come"
  2. "Remember Me" (Diana vocal/undubbed stereo mix)
  3. "Reach Out I'll Be There" (Alternate vocal)
  4. "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" (Alternate vocal)
  5. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Alternate vocal and mix)
  6. "Remember Me" (Alternate vocal and mix) (Previously unreleased)
  7. "Surrender" (Alternate stereo mix) (Previously unreleased)
  8. "Remember Me" (Valerie Simpson demo vocal)
  • On this edition, "Reach Out, I'll Be There" (5:35) and "Did You Read the Morning Paper?" (4:11) are not the same versions as issued on the 1986 CD.


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^

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


  1. ^
  2. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Diana Ross". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron. Surrender > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
  5. ^ Liner notes: Motown LP M 723, 1971.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Diana Ross – I'm Still Waiting". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type I'm Still Waiting in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.