Just take a look at the track listing and you will be blown away. In a remarkable recording career spanning more than a quarter century Diana Ross made some of the most memorable and enduring hits of her generation. Be it as the lead singer of Motown's sensational 1960's hitmakers The Supremes or later on in her career as a highly successful solo artist Diana Ross maintained a constant presence on the Billboard Hot 100 from the early 1960's until the mid 1980's. Over the years there have been many anthologies released by Diana but I am here to tell you that there is none better than Universal UK's phenomenal 2011 2 disc-44 track anthology simply entitled "Diana Ross: The Greatest". What a joy to experience once again the treasury of Diana Ross's finest recordings! This one is going to be considered a must for both collectors and for all fans of American popular music.
"Diana Ross: The Greatest" offers up 9 of Diana's biggest hits as lead singer of The Supremes. Enjoy once again classic #1 hits like "Come See About Me", "Stop! In The Name of Love", 1967" "The Happening", "You Can't Hurry Love" and the group's biggest single of all-time "Baby Love" which topped the Billboard Charts for 4 weeks way back in 1964. Also included is Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations terrific rendition of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" from 1968. So much talent on one recording! But while "Diana Ross: The Greatest" certainly pays homage to Diana's days with The Supremes the overwhelming majority of the tracks are devoted to her work as a solo artist. As you might expect all of her biggest hits are here including "Upside Down", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Love Hangover" and her #1 hit from 1973 "Touch Me In The Morning". Diana sang an amazing variety of tunes and proved she could master them all. I was also very pleased to see that Universal UK chose to include several of Diana's Motown singles that were not necesarily among her biggest hits but were outstanding nonetheless. In this group I would include her very first single as a solo artist "Reach Out And Touch(Somebody's Hand)", "Remember Me", "I'm Still Waiting" and the song that just might be my favorite Diana Ross solo recording of all-time "Last Time I Saw Him" from 1974. That is an amazing record!
In 1982, to the shock of just about everyone in the music world, Diana Ross would leave her mentor Berry Gordy Jr. and the comfy confines of Motown Records to sign a multi-year deal with RCA Records. Diana was looking to spread her musical wings and during her tenure at RCA she made some terrific records. "Diana Ross: The Greatest" features a number of these offerings most notably "Muscles" which was a Top Ten hit for her in 1982. Finally, "The Greatest" features duets with five of the biggest stars of the era including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart and as you might well expect Lionel Richie. Lionel and Diana's recording of "Endless Love" topped the charts for 9 weeks back in the summer of 1981.
So there you have it. What's not to like? Each and every one of the songs in this collection is the original recording you would remember from the radio. All have been digitally remastered for your listening pleasure. As I mentioned earlier "Diana Ross: The Greatest" is being imported to this country from England. I find that record companies are very strange entities so there is no guarantee that this package will ever be released here in the U.S. So if you are the least bit interested I would snap up "Diana Ross: The Greatest" as quickly as you can. I believe it is worth every penny. Very highly recommended!
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I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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