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Deluxe Edition
Motown 2003
Diana Ross
Billboard Album Chart: POP#2, Black#1 (8 weeks)

Diana Ross
Alfa Anderson
Luci Martin
Fonzi Thornton
Michelle Cobbs
Refers to CD 1 (Original CHIC Mix)
Bass: Bernard Edwards
Guitar: Nile Rodgers
Drums: Tony Thompson
Keyboards: Andy Schwartz
Rhodes: Raymond Jones
Trombone: Meco Monardo
Saxophone: Eddie Daniels
Trumpet: Bob Milliken
Concert Master: Gene Orloff
CHIC Strings: Karen Milne, Cheryl Hong, Valerie Heywood
Recorded at Power Station & Electric Lady Studios N.Y.C. and Motown/Hitsville USA Studios Hollywood, California
Mixed at Power Station NYC & Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA by Bob Clearmountain, Bill Scheniman, Jeff Hendrickson, Lucy Laurie
Engineers: Bill Scheniman, James Farber, Neil Dorfsman, Ralph Osborn
Assistant Engineers: Jeff Hendrickson, Abdoulaye Soumare, Lucy Laurie, Peter Robbins
Refers to CD 1 (Original CHIC Mix)
Billboard chart positions refers to the 1980 released Motown mix.
9. Upside Down (Pop#1 (4 weeks), Black#1, Disco#1)
10. Tenderness
11. Friend To Friend
12. I'm Coming Out (Pop#5 (3 weeks), Black#6, Disco#1)
13. Have Fun (Again)
14. My Old Piano (Pop#109 , UK#5)
15. Now That You're Gone
16. Give Up
Recorded by Diana but not released 'I've Got Protection' which ended up on CHIC's 'Real People album instead, without Diana's vocals though.
All song samples in Real Audio
P O C A T'S ... R E V I E W
By Soeren from Denmark (rated 4 stars of 5) 030415 (Refers to the 1980 release)
If Sister Sledge's "Love Somebody Today" album was Nile'n Nard's first album (give and take the Norma Jean album) that failed to produce any commercial hits, they easily made up for it on their subsequent collaboration with Diana Ross herself. The legendary troublesome productions with Miss Ross feeling like a guest vocalist on her own album lead to her remixing the entire album much to Nile'n Nard's fury but it ended up becoming Diana's bestselling album ever. Not surprisingly, the first single "Upside Down" with its impossibly catchy nursery rhyme chorus and unstoppable groove became a surefire hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The tight beat and insisting chorus of "Tenderness" make it sound like a clear contender for a single - it eventually was a post-release in 1981, issued by Motown to compete with Diana's first album on RCA but failed to gain the attention that it actually deserved. The typically CHIC-style-ballad "Friend To Friend" was well-suited if unspectacular for Diana. She came to far more glory on the funky, brassy and dead-tight "I'm Coming Out" with double-entendres to her break with Motown - the gay community quickly adopted the song as well. Released as a single, this was another huge hit. Interestingly, "Have Fun (Again)" was the song Bernard & Nile had originally wanted as the lead-off single for the album - arguably an interesting track, owing more to the funky breaks though than to Miss Ross' vocal, but hardly a song that sounded like a hit. "My Old Piano" was better - the album's third hit single is a rousing performance both vocally and musically, featuring an elegant piano/guitar chase outro. The semi-latin-ballad "Now That You're Gone" is good but nothing really special, whereas Diana really lets down her hair on the up-tempo "Give Up" which makes for a great finale. I'm awarding "Diana" 4 out of 5 stars, the lack of the final star partially due to the two comparably bland ballads, and partially because Miss Ross shouldn't fiddle with Nile'n Nard's mixes. Hands off please!