Diane Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944), known professionally as Diana Ross, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes. and her departure from the Supremes in 1970.
Artist: Diana Ross
Title: Mahogany Soundtrack
Label: Tamla Motown Records
Catalog# 5C 062-97105
Mahogany was the second original motion picture soundtrack by Diana Ross, following her 1972 release Lady Sings the Blues. The soundtrack from the film Mahogany (her second film, following Lady Sings the Blues) included the chart-topping single “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)“, which peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1976.
The Michael Masser produced tracks (that begin the album with Diana Ross’ vocal version of “Do You Know Where You’re Going To”) are the most stirring pieces full of captivating melodies and dramatic orchestration. A highlight of this album is “My Hero Is A Gun”. It’s a tense piece where orchestral effects come together with contemporary funk elements, a common combination in those days, but one that ranks as a classic.
Towards the end of the album things continue to become more funk-oriented. Starting with “Erucu”, an awesome contribution written and produced by Jermaine Jackson. The groove continues into the Gil Askey produced tracks (“Let’s Go Back To Day One” and “She’s The Ideal Girl”) which all make for a nice change of pace. Gil Askey also contributes a little bit of mellow lite-jazz in “Tracy” and “Sweets..”.
Things end with the “Mahogany Suite” which is essentially a different, more spacious arrangement of the “Mahogany Theme” (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) which effectively brings it to a sweeping dramatic finish.
1. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You Going To) (3:17)
2. Feeling Again (3:16)
3. You Don’t Ever Have To Be Alone (2:34)
4. Can You Hear It In My Music (3:32)
5. Christian’s Theme (1:40)
6. After You (2:13)
7. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You Going To) Instrumental (2:46)
1. My Hero Is A Gun (3:16)
2. Cat Fight (1:28)
3. Erucu (1:23)
4. Let’s Go Back To Day One (1:36)
5. Tracy (2:09)
6. She’s The Ideal Girl (2:43)
7. Sweets (And Other Things) (1:52)
8. Mahogany Suite (5:29)
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)