Surrender (Diana Ross album)

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Studio album by Diana Ross
Released July 6, 1971
Recorded 1970–71
Genre Soul
Length 34:12
Label Motown
MS 723
Producer Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Diana Ross chronology
Lady Sings the Blues
(1972)Lady Sings the Blues1972
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]

Ross' previous album, Everything is Everything, failed to generate interest due to Motown's rush and hurried efforts to further Ross' solo career, and did not chart as highly as expected. Surrender, however, was a commercial and critical success. 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau B [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.