Diana Ross 1976 - Vinyl LP

Diana Ross

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uDiscoverUS CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIANA ROSS' "LOVE HANGOVER" WITH VINYL REISSUE OF HER 1976 SELF-TITLED MOTOWN ALBUM

Release includes two pop chart-toppers in Grammy-nominated disco anthem and Oscar-nominated "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"

Six years had passed since Diana Ross left The Supremes to embark on a solo career for Motown Records, when she released her sixth studio album for the label (not counting her 1973 duets album with Marvin Gaye, Diana & Marvin). Self-titled Diana Ross – just as her 1970 label bow had been, though that was later changed to Ain't No Mountain High Enough -- the album turned out to be her biggest-selling since 1973's Touch Me in the Morning, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 (#4 R&B) and #5 in the U.K. and eventually selling more than 700,000 copies in the U.S., with four charting singles, including two #1 pop smashes, "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" and the dance-floor classic, "Love Hangover" along with the Top 5 Adult Contemporary hit, "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love)" and the Top 10 R&B hit, "One Love in My Lifetime."

Marking 40 years from its original release in February, 1976, UMe is reissuing Diana Ross in vinyl for the first time since then on July 15, following a 2012 two-CD expanded set on the Hip-o-Select label. It was first released on CD in 1989.

The album's official first single, "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)" was on its way to a similar success, going Top 5 at Adult Contemporary, when it was pulled to rush-release the disco hit, "Love Hangover", to circumvent a competing version by The 5th Dimension. Written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod, it was originally recorded by producer Hal Davis as an instrumental for either Marvin Gaye or Ross, his two favorite vocalists to work with. When Diana got the nod – because he thought it was sexier – it was cut with Motown's in-house trio, The Andantes, providing background vocals. Installing a strobe light in the studio, producer Davis elicited a playful, warm, sensual performance from Ross which helped make the song an indelible dance-floor classic. The song eventually was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. When "Love Hangover" it #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (it also topped the Hot Soul Singles tally), it marked Ross' fourth chart-topping solo single, breaking the then-record for most #1 hits by a female vocalist, a record eventually broken by Whitney Houston in 1988 and Madonna in 1990.

UMe's new vinyl reissue features the album's iconic cover art, photographed by Victor Skrebenekski.

Side A

  1. Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)
  2. I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)
  3. Love Hangover
  4. Kiss Me Now
Side B
  1. You're Good My Child
  2. One Love in My LIfetime
  3. Ain't Nothin' But a Maybe
  4. After You
  5. Smile