Diana [Deluxe Edition]

Diana [Deluxe Edition]

by Diana RossDiana Ross

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Coming off four Top Ten hits in three years for their group Chic, producers Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were the hot R&B/disco team of the day when they wrote and produced Diana Ross' second album named simply diana. (The first was her 1971 TV soundtrack, Diana!.) The result was Ross' best-selling album ever, paced by her biggest singles hit yet, "Upside Down," and its Top Ten follow-up, "I'm Coming Out." For the most part, disco productions tended to emphasize the beat over the voice, and it might be argued, but for the billing, Ross had been reduced to guest vocalist on her own album. But it was exactly her struggle to retain an identity beyond the groove that made this music more compelling than Chic's records. diana marked an important comeback for Ross, who had struggled in the late '70s after the early successes of her solo career. She celebrated by leaving Motown for a six-year, five-album sojourn at RCA. The 2003 Deluxe Edition reissue settles a historical controversy by including the album's original, rejected mix as submitted by Edwards and Rodgers. Ross seems even more of guest vocalist here, and one more buried in the mix, but the chief difference is that the original mix blends the instruments more, while the more familiar one, done by Motown veteran Russ Terrana, separates them clearly (and is clearly superior for that). Terrana's and Rodgers' memories of the mixing dispute are featured in the liner notes. Also included is an additional disc, "Diana: Dance," consisting of dance remixes of Ross recordings of the 1970s, some of them previously unreleased. Together, the two discs make for an excellent collection of Ross' most danceable tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498604410
catalogNumber: 000079102
Rank: 35367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Ross   Primary Artist
Bernard Edwards   Bass,Conductor
Gene Page   Conductor
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone
James Gadson   Drums
Cheryl Hong   Strings
Raymond Jones   Keyboards
Luci Martin   Background Vocals
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Karen Milne   Strings
Meco Monardo   Trombone
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Andy Schwartz   Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
LaMar Nathan Watts   Bass
Alfa Anderson   Background Vocals
Valerie Heywood   Strings
Tony Thompson   Drums
Raymond Jones   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gene Page   String Arrangements
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tom Snow   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Gregg Wright   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Davis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
John Barnes   Arranger
Hidle Brown Barnum   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Bettis   Composer
David Blumberg   Arranger
James Anthony Carmichael   rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Producer
Pamela Davis   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Clay Drayton   Arranger
James Farber   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Eddie Holland   Composer,Producer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Ronald Dean Miller   Composer
Karin Patterson   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer
Ken Peterson   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Russ Terrana   Liner Notes,Remixing
Harry Weinger   Producer
Art Wright   Arranger
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Suha Gur   Engineer
Francesco Scavullo   Cover Photo
Mack David   Composer
James Simpson   Remixing
John Davis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kenny Stover   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Andrew Skurow   Producer
Ria Lewerke Shapiro   Original Cover Artwork
Ralph Osborn   Engineer
W. Henderson   Composer
Calvin Harris   Remixing

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