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Diana

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Diana Ross would probably be offended by anyone who called her 1980 smash Diana a comeback, but let's face it -- after the flop of The Wiz, and the way that the disco revolution steamrollered so many of her Motown compatriots' careers, that's exactly what it was. Wisely hooking up with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (both the most traditionally rooted and most fearless of the major disco-era producers), Ross sounds more forceful than she had in years. The helium-toned style of her early hits with the Supremes is worlds away from the assertive way she rips into the funky hit "Upside Down." Even better, the joyous, celebratory "I'm Coming Out" is probably the best solo track of her career, and the heartfelt "Now That You're Gone" is one of her most subtle ballads. The glossy Chic production might sound a bit dated to some ears, but it's matured much better than many similar albums of the era. Overall, this is, in many ways, Diana Ross' best solo record.
© Charity Stafford /TiVo

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1
Upside Down
00:04:05

Gene Orloff, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Conductor, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Conductor, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Tenderness
00:03:52

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Edwards Jr., ComposerLyricist - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Friend To Friend
00:03:19

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
I'm Coming Out
00:05:24

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

5
Have Fun (Again)
00:05:57

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
My Old Piano
00:03:55

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Edwards Jr., ComposerLyricist - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: MotorUrbanDefJam Group, a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Now That You're Gone
00:03:59

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Give Up
00:03:46

Gene Orloff, Unknown, Other - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luci Martin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JEFF HENDRICKSON, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - BERNARD EDWARDS, Producer, Bass Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Daniels, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfa Anderson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cheryl Hong, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Karen Milne, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Jones, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Thompson, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES FARBER, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Schwartz, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Scheniman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Cobbs, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Ross, MainArtist - Bob Milliken, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Laurie, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Valerie Heywood, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Robbins, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Osborn, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abdoulaaye Soumare, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Diana Ross would probably be offended by anyone who called her 1980 smash Diana a comeback, but let's face it -- after the flop of The Wiz, and the way that the disco revolution steamrollered so many of her Motown compatriots' careers, that's exactly what it was. Wisely hooking up with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (both the most traditionally rooted and most fearless of the major disco-era producers), Ross sounds more forceful than she had in years. The helium-toned style of her early hits with the Supremes is worlds away from the assertive way she rips into the funky hit "Upside Down." Even better, the joyous, celebratory "I'm Coming Out" is probably the best solo track of her career, and the heartfelt "Now That You're Gone" is one of her most subtle ballads. The glossy Chic production might sound a bit dated to some ears, but it's matured much better than many similar albums of the era. Overall, this is, in many ways, Diana Ross' best solo record.
© Charity Stafford /TiVo

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