Swept Away (Diana Ross album)

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Swept Away
Diana Ross - Swept Away.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1984
StudioUnique Recording Studios, New York City[1]
LabelRCA Records
Diana Ross chronology
Swept Away
Eaten Alive
Singles from Swept Away
  1. "All of You"
    Released: June 12, 1984
  2. "Swept Away"
    Released: August 14, 1984
  3. "Touch by Touch"
    Released: September 1984 (non-US)
  4. "Missing You"
    Released: November 13, 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Swept Away is the fifteenth studio album by the American entertainer Diana Ross, released on September 13, 1984 by RCA Records in North America and by Capitol Records in Europe.


This album yielded several hit singles, the most successful of which, "Missing You", became Ross' final top ten to date on the Billboard Hot 100. It was produced by Lionel Richie and was a tribute to late soul singer Marvin Gaye, Ross and Richie's former Motown Records label-mate. Other singles included the Daryl Hall and Arthur Baker-produced "Swept Away" and the Julio Iglesias duet, "All of You". All three of these singles were accompanied by popular music videos.

The album also included the European single "Touch by Touch" which reached the top 10 in Austria, Belgium and Norway and also charting inside the top 20 in Canada, Sweden and the Netherlands. The US single "Telephone" - produced by Bernard Edwards of Chic - was directed at R&B radio and scored a number 13 hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Edwards' Chic partner Nile Rodgers played guitar on the new wave song "It's Your Move".

The album also included cover versions of Fontella Bass' 1960s R&B smash Rescue Me and the Bob Dylan classic Forever Young which she later performed as the finale to her 1987 ABC TV special Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues .

Swept Away was certified Gold by the end of 1984. It peaked at #26 on Billboard Pop albums chart, also reaching #40 in the UK. The album also made the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden.

Re-release in 2014[edit]

The album was remastered and re-released as an "Expanded Edition" on September 2, 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, with bonus material on a second CD.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Missing You"Lionel Richie4:05
2."Touch by Touch"4:11
3."Rescue Me"
  • Raynard Miner
  • Carl Smith
4."It's Your Move"
5."Swept Away"
Side B
2."Nobody Makes Me Crazy (Like You Do)"4:20
3."All of You" (featuring Julio Iglesias)4:02
4."We Are the Children of the World"
  • Mary Anne Kelly
  • Peppy Castro
5."Forever Young"Bob Dylan4:49
2014 "Expanded Edition" CD2
1."Swept Away" (12" Long Version)7:38
2."Swept Away" (12" Instrumental)7:20
3."Swept Away" (7" Single Mix)4:04
4."Touch by Touch" (12" Single Mix)5:31
5."Touch by Touch" (12" Instrumental)4:04
6."Touch by Touch" (Alternate Single Mix)3:55
7."Telephone" (Edited Version)3:48
8."Missing You" (7" Single Mix)4:16
9."Fight for It" (7" Single Version)4:10
  1. ^ Spoken word intro written by Diana Ross.



  • Producers – James Anthony Carmichel and Lionel Richie (Track 1); Diana Ross (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 & 10); Arthur Baker and Daryl Hall (Track 5); Bernard Edwards (Track 6); Ramón Arcusa and Richard Perry (Track 8).
  • Co-Producer on Track 8 – Albert Hammond
  • Engineer – Larry Alexander
  • Assistant Engineer – Dave Greenberg
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Contractor – Sephra Herman
  • Art Director – Ria Lewerke
  • Design – Sue Reilly
  • Photography – Francisco Scavullo


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 78
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[6] 37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 22
Japan (Oricon)[9] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 40
US Billboard 200[12] 26
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 7


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

  • Floral Shoppe, of which track "リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュ" came into prominence as a vaporwave song that sampled Ross' "It's Your Move" extensively.


  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/UniqueRecordingStudios/photos/a.649655181769411/649657191769210/?type=3&theater
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Swept Away (2 CD Deluxe Edition)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Epstein, Dmitry M. (December 2015). "Interview with John Robinson". Let It Rock. DMME.net. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Diana Ross – Swept Away". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 8660". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Diana Ross – Swept Away" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Bad" (in Japanese). Oricon. Ranking.oricon.co.jp. Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Diana Ross – Swept Away". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Diana Ross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Diana Ross – Swept Away". Music Canada.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Diana Ross – Swept Away". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.