Diana Ross – Ross (1983) – Lp
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown’s most successful act and is to this day.
Artist: Diana Ross
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog# 1C 064-1867051
Five of the eight tracks were produced by Gary Katz, two by Ray Parker Jr and one by Ross. The album’s first single, “Pieces of Ice”, peaked at #31 on the US charts. Subsequent singles “Up Front” (US R&B #60, UK #79) and “Let’s Go Up” (US #77) were also minor hits.
A noble, if failed, experiment. Diana Ross teamed up with Steely Dan producer Gary Katz for this, her third outing on RCA. Katz brought in the usual suspects, not only buddies like Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen (each of whom contributed a song and keyboards), but also session aces like Jeff Porcaro and Greg Phillinganes. The result, on the five tracks Katz handled, has that precise, icy sound those guys always get, not a sound that meshes well with Ross. No better are the two tracks contributed by Ray Parker, Jr., or Ross‘ own effort, “Girls,” which closes things out. As a result, Ross was Diana Ross‘ first album since 1978 not to even go gold. (Not to be confused with Diana Ross‘ 1978 album [Motown 907] of the same name.)
1. That’s How You Start Over (4:09)
2. Love Will Make It Right (4:44)
3. You Do It (4:31)
4. Pieces Of Ice (4:54)
1. Let’s Go Up (4:01)
2. Love Or Loneliness (4:17)
3. Up Front (3:56)
4. Girls (3:58)