Title - ‘Diana: Deluxe Edition’ (Universal Chronicles)
Artist - Diana Ross
A lot of thought and care went into this release. The first CD features the released album and then the original, unreleased versions off Diana produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The original versions are fantastic. The vocals by Diana are loose and funky, just like the music itself. But it is understandable why Diana went with the Russ Terrana engineered versions. She obviously wanted her album to be a pop/R&B record as opposed to a "Diana Ross jams with Chic" album, which is what the original versions sound like. There are many instrumental sections in these songs, particularly "Tenderness" and "Have Fun Again," whereas most Diana Ross albums focus on her voice. Diana obviously wanted her voice to be front and centre, and thus, the changes. CD2 is fabulous as well. It features all of Diana's disco hits including an alternate mix of "Love Hangover" that is ten minutes of pure heaven; 12 inch versions of "Your Love Is So Good For Me", "What You Gave Me", "I Ain't Been Licked" and "No One Gets The Prize/The Boss". They are excellent dance songs that sound even better in extended formats. They are also a reminder that besides Donna Summer, Diana Ross was perhaps one of the best female disco singers of the 70s, even though she was primarily a pop singer.