The Definitive Collection [Hip-O]

The Definitive Collection [Hip-O]

by Diana RossDiana Ross




Throughout her decades spent in the music world, Diana Ross has been a huge force in shaping and influencing its direction, both in her appearance and her distinguished voice, and also in her exploration within genres, from the Motown of her early days to the disco, adult contemporary, and jazz (the latter of which stemmed from her Oscar-nominated performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues) that she delved into as her career progressed. Hip-O's The Definitive Collection captures the biggest songs from the first 15 years of her solo career, beginning with her first single "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" from 1970 and continuing through 1984 -- after she had already been away from Motown for a few years -- with "Missing You," a tribute to Marvin Gaye, and "Swept Away." Though the 20 tracks aren't in chronological order (or any discernible order for that matter), nearly all of Ross' important hits from that time period are on the collection, including all that reached number one on the Billboard pop singles charts ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)," "Love Hangover," "Upside Down," and "Endless Love," her duet with Lionel Richie), not to mention other favorites of hers like "I'm Coming Out" and the Michael Jackson-penned "Muscles." The only surprise on The Definitive Collection comes with "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," which was originally supposed to be released on the album Blue, a follow up to Lady Sings the Blues, but didn't actually make it to shelves until June 2006. Besides that, however, there's nothing too unexpected on this album, but it is a great collection of Ross' solo work, which, while it may not have the substance or vitality of what she did with the Supremes, has its own important place in pop music history nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498790786
catalogNumber: 000608802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Ross   Primary Artist
Gil Askey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Producer
Michael Jackson   Producer
Frankie Lymon   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Diana Ross   Producer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer,Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Nile Rodgers   Composer,Producer
Michael Sembello   Composer
John Davis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Gil Askey   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Baird   Arranger,Producer
David Blumberg   Arranger
Randy Brecker   Horn Arrangements
James Anthony Carmichael   Producer,Audio Production
Ray Chew   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Ervin Drake   Composer
Clay Drayton   Arranger
Barry Fasman   rhythm arrangement
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger,String Arrangements
Morris Levy   Composer
Michael Masser   Arranger,Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Paul Riser   Arranger
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   String Arrangements
Harry Langdon   Inlay Photography,Tray Photo
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Sara Allen   Composer
Douglas Kirkland   Cover Photo
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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