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In Case You Missed It: Lovin’, Livin’ and Givin’ with “Ross”

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RossThrough the years, fans of Diana Ross and The Supremes have had a lot of catalogue goodies to enjoy, what with expanded reissues and compilations covering both the killer Motown girl group and its iconic frontwoman. But one release that’s eluded everyone in the CD era is finally making its way to a smaller disc courtesy of the folks at Universal Music Japan, who recently released an SHM-CD pressing of Diana’s 1978 “album,” Ross.

Released a year after the Richard Perry-produced Baby It’s MeRoss is something of a compilation with two distinct sides: the first is mostly new and unreleased material recorded earlier that year with producers Hal Davis and Greg Wright, led off by “Lovin’, Livin’ and Givin’,” Diana’s contribution to the iconic, disco-heavy soundtrack to the film Thank God It’s Friday. (The version used on Ross was identical to the mix used on original LP pressings; subsequent releases of the soundtrack used a slightly longer remix.)

The other half of the album features outtakes and some lesser-known material from 1971 to 1975, mostly produced by Michael Masser (except for a cover of “Reach Out I’ll Be There” produced by Ashford & Simpson and released on 1971’s Surrender) and newly remixed for Ross by Russ Terrana. “Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right” and “Together” were a non-LP single in 1975, while the other songs, “Where Did We Go Wrong” and the Gerry Goffin co-penned “To Love Again,” were outtakes from the Last Time I Saw Him and Mahogany sessions, respectively.

While a good half of these songs have ended up on CD before (in large part due to expanded editions of diana and the compilation To Love Again in 2003), this SHM-CD marks the first time the original compilation has made its appearance on the format. Numerous alternate/original mixes of these tracks abound, as well, which could certainly make this a worthy project for Hip-O Select’s vault-unearthing team somewhere down the line.

Ross is about $33 or so through this link at HMV (no Amazon links appear to exist yet); the track list, as well as the other CD appearances of the tracks on this set, are below.

Ross (originally released as Motown LP M7-907R1, 1978 – reissued Universal Music Japan SHM-CD UICY-75388, 2012)

  1. Lovin’, Livin’ and Givin’ (LP Mix)
  2. What You Gave Me (LP Mix)
  3. Never Say I Don’t Love You
  4. You Were the One
  5. Reach Out I’ll Be There (Remix) *
  6. Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right (Remix) *
  7. Where Did We Go Wrong (Remix) *
  8. To Love Again (Remix)
  9. Together (Remix) *

* indicates track previously unreleased on CD
Tracks 1 and 4 released on diana: Deluxe Edition (Motown B0000791-02, 2003)
Track 2 released on Diana Ross: Dance Songs (K-Tel KTLP/CD 210-1/2 (EU), 1985)
Tracks 3 and 8 released on To Love Again: Expanded Edition (Motown/Chronicles 440 067 054-2, 2003)

Written by Mike Duquette

December 19, 2012 at 11:50

Posted in Diana Ross, News, Reissues

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  1. Thanks for singling out this CD. I bought both “Baby It’s Me” and “Ross” from HMV Japan. They sound fantastic (like the Donna Summer reissues earlier this year). For an album that is basically a collection of odds and ends, “Ross” is a cohesive album. The cover is iconic. A great mix of disco and ballads.


    December 19, 2012 at 12:19

  2. I read last week that Hip-O-Select has both ROSS and BABY IT’S ME scheduled as the last of the Diana Ross solo reissues next year!

    Peter Ambrose

    December 26, 2012 at 11:08

  3. the Ross mix of “Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right” was on Anthology 2CD 1986

    the little harmonica part around 0:40 that’s on the single mix is missing.. just like on the Ross LP.


    April 21, 2013 at 07:39

  4. Actually, the DJ promotional copy of the “Thank God It’s Friday” soundtrack album features a version of Diana’s “L, L, G” that is totally different, and even rarer a find, than the longer or shorter “new-wave-intro” versions, and one that I actually liked better.


    June 2, 2013 at 20:35

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