The Force Behind the Power

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The Force Behind the Power
Diana Ross - The Force Behind The Power.jpg
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September 1991
Recorded 1991 (except 11, recorded 1988)
Genre Contemporary R&B, New Jack Swing
Length 47:33/56:51
Label Motown
Producer Stevie Wonder, Al B. Sure!, James Anthony Carmichael, Peter Asher
Diana Ross chronology
Greatest Hits Live
(1989)Greatest Hits Live1989
The Force Behind the Power
(1991)
Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings... Jazz and Blues
(1993)Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings... Jazz and Blues1993
Singles from The Force Behind the Power
  1. "If We Hold On Together / If We Hold On Together (Instrumental)"
    Released: January 21, 1989
  2. "No Matter What You Do (Duet w/ Al B. Sure)"
    Released: February 20, 1991
  3. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me / You and I"
    Released: August 20, 1991
  4. "You're Gonna Love It"
    Released: October 15, 1991
  5. "The Force Behind The Power / You're Gonna Love It"
    Released: January 15, 1992
  6. "Waiting in the Wings"
    Released: April 28, 1992
  7. "One Shining Moment"
    Released: 1992
  8. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

The Force Behind the Power is a 1991 album, released by Diana Ross on the Motown label. Its first single, "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" became an international hit, reaching #2 in the U.K., #4 in The Netherlands, #4 in Zimbabwe and #6 in Norway as well as making the Top 40 R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in the United States.

In the UK the album certified platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 copies.[2] It yielded five UK top 40 hits, including "One Shining Moment" (UK #10), "If We Hold on Together" (#11), "Heart (Don't change my mind)" (#31, also another top 10 single in Zimbabwe) and the title track (#27). "You're Gonna Love it" reached #24 on the US dance charts as well as charting just outside the top 10 (11) in Zimbabwe, and "Battlefield" became a top 40 it in Poland.

The album also went Gold in Japan and various European territories.[3]

"If We Hold on Together" was from Don Bluth's 1988 animated adventure film The Land Before Time. It rose to prominence after released as a single worldwide in 1989 (most prominently in Japan in 1990, after it was used as the theme song for the TBS drama Omoide ni Kawaru Made).[4] It reached #1 on the Japanese International single charts for 12 contiguous weeks making it the biggest selling record by a foreign artist; and in total, sold over 465,000 copies.[5][6]

The international edition of The Force Behind the Power has two additional tracks, "No Matter What You Do," a Top 5 R&B duet with Al B. Sure!, as well as "You And I".

The album was successful enough internationally that Ross' "Here and Now" World Tour lasted nearly two years, often hitting markets twice.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

US edition

  1. "Change of Heart" (Terry Britten, Graham Lyle) - 4:02
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (John Bettis, Albert Hammond) - 4:13
  3. "Battlefield" (Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe) - 3:35
  4. "Blame It on the Sun" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) - 3:55
  5. "Heavy Weather" (Michael Sembello) - 4:59
  6. "The Force Behind the Power" (Stevie Wonder) - 4:45
  7. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)" (Robbie Buchanan, Diane Warren) - 4:19
  8. "Waiting in the Wings" (Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield) - 4:52
  9. "One Shining Moment" (Vaneese Thomas) - 4:48
  10. "You're Gonna Love It" (Cydney Davis, Lloyd Tolbert) - 5:11
  11. "If We Hold on Together" (James Horner, Barry Mann, Will Jennings) - 4:09

International edition

  1. "Change of Heart" (Britten, Lyle) - 4:03
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Bettis, Hammond) - 4:13
  3. "Battlefield" (Carrack, Lowe) - 3:35
  4. "Blame It on the Sun" (Wonder, Wright) - 3:55
  5. "You're Gonna Love It" (Davis, Tolbert) - 5:11
  6. "Heavy Weather" (Sembello) - 4:59
  7. "The Force Behind the Power" (Wonder) - 4:42
  8. "Heart (Don't Change My Mind)" (Buchanan, Warren) - 4:19
  9. "Waiting in the Wings" (Hill, Sinfield) - 4:52
  10. "You and I" (Dormer, Goldo, Vigil) - 4:09
  11. "One Shining Moment" (Thomas) - 4:48
  12. "If We Hold on Together" (James Horner, Barry Mann, Will Jennings) - 4:13
  13. "No Matter What You Do" (duet with Al B. Sure!) (Brown, West) - 5:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Diana Ross: lead vocals
  • John Barnes: keyboards (1, 5, 9), synthesizer (1, 5, 6, 9), synthesizer programming (1, 5, 6, 9), Synclavier (1, 5, 6, 9), Synclavier programming and arrangements (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Llyod Tolbert: keyboards (1, 5, 9), synthesizer programming (1, 5, 6, 9), arrangements (1, 5, 9)
  • Kevin Perry: additional programming (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Andrew Scheps: additional programming (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Robbie Buchanan: keyboards (2, 3, 4, 8, 9)
  • James A. Carmichael: arrangements (1, 5, 6, 9), keyboards (6), synthesizer (6)
  • Stevie Wonder: all instruments (7), arrangements (7), choir arrangement (7)
  • Rob Arbittier: programming (7)
  • Atle Bakken: programming (7)
  • Malcolm Cecil: programming (7)
  • Randy Kerber: keyboards (12)
  • Guy Moon: keyboards (12)
  • Carlos Rios: guitar (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Michael Landau: guitar (2, 3, 4, 8, 11)
  • Andrew Gold: acoustic guitar (3), organ (3)
  • Waddy Wachtel: guitar (12)
  • Freddie Washington: bass (2, 3, 4, 8)
  • Larry Klein: bass (11)
  • Leland Sklar: bass (12)
  • Carlos Vega: drums (2, 3, 4, 8, 9)
  • Michael Fisher: percussion (2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11), vibraphone (3)
  • Nathaniel Kunkel: percussion (9)
  • Warren Ham: harmonica (3, 6)
  • John Helliwell: saxophone (8)
  • David Campbell: BV arrangements, orchestra arrangements and conductor (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Gavyn Wright: orchestra leader (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Isobel Griffiths: orchestra contractor (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Marva King: backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Arnold McCuller: backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Deborah Thomas: backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Fred White: backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
  • Peter Asher: backing vocals (2), tambourine (3), drum and percussion programming (11)
  • Valerie Carter: backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Kate Markowitz: backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12)
  • Cydney Davis: backing vocals (5)
  • The Andraé Crouch Singers: choir (7)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9); Peter Asher (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8 & 10-13); Stevie Wonder (Track 7).
  • Co-Producer on Track 7: Nathan Watts
  • Executive Producer: Diana Ross
  • A&R Direction: Debbie Sandridge
  • Album Coordinator: Marylata E. Jacob
  • Engineers: Calvin Harris and Jack Rouben (Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9); Frank Wolf (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12); Steve Van Arden (Track 7).
  • Assistant Engineers: Mark Hagen and Andrew Scheps (Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9); Bryant Arnett, Darren Godwin, Mike Harlow, Nathaniel Kunkel Ken Lauber and Gil Morales Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12); Jimmy Sandweiss (Track 7).
  • Recorded at Bill Schnee Studio, Studio F, Wonderland Studios, Westlake Audio, Off Meleose Recording Studio and The Complex (Los Angeles, CA); Cal Harris Studios (Woodland Hills, CA); The Sandbox (Easton, CT); Abbey Road Studios (London, England).
  • Digital Editing on Track 7: R.R. Harlan
  • Mixing: Calvin Harris (Tracks 1, 5, 6 & 9); Frank Wolf (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12); Steve Van Arden (Track 7).
  • Mixed at Conway Studios (Hollywood, CA), The Complex, Cal Harris Studios and Wonderland Studios.
  • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction: Dennis Woloch
  • Design Concept: Diana Ross
  • Painting: Barry Kamen
  • Photography: Herb Ritts
  • Assistant to Diana Ross: Judith Service

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Platinum 300,000^

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

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