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4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
Beaux Luis ,

Not Encompassing BUT Worthy

It took a decade for Motown to release a greatest hits compilation on inarguably their most successful and iconic artist.
1979-84 was the 3rd time she had a hot commercial resurgence (artistically and commercially, "The Boss" remains a defining moment in her career).
Her final years of her first tenure on Motown included the Ashford & Simpson masterpiece, "The Boss". Not only was the album great, but, the remixes were just as impressive. The lead title single's album/single edit could not be more perfect. That is until a month later, the #1 12 inch revealed a new level of vocal expertise. To this day, fans and foes cannot reconcile the ad libs that she soared up the octave scale. (To underscore, the brilliance of the Ashford & Simpson copyright became a #1 smash 3 times including Diana's legendary version, her idols...The Braxton's of reality star fame and then Dance artist, Kristine W. No single song has yet to accomplish this feat. The late Whitney Houston included her version on her HBO special, "Whitney sings the Classics".
The backstory on the second single, "Its My House" is that Mr. Gordy sent out a directive to the Motown promotion and marketing staff NOT to work this single because Diana was heavily rumored to being courted by other major labels to say "farewell" to her home for 20 years. Regardless, the extended mix received significant enough airplay at many of the new dance/pop stations like WSKX/Boston, KMEL/San Francisco, etc. The last half of the extended mix was punctuated by elegant brass reminiscent of the works when Diana Ross & The Supremes joined The Temptations for 2/#1 platinum albums and a single AND 2 gold albums. Years a later, a more subtle extended mix of "No One Gets the Prize" surfaced and then a euphoric mix of "I Ain't Been Licked" with some of the best ad libs of her long career.
After the success of "The Boss", "diana" would become her final Motown album and her best selling to date nearing 10 million globally. Initially "diana" was confusing even disappointing for fans. However, her more mainstream fan base celebrated its release Memorial Day Weekend 1980. It defined summer 1980. Diana earned critical props for remixing the Rodgers/Edwards (Chic) version. Years later, the "Chic"/original album mix was released. It's hard to say if that version would have been as successful. However, my personal take is that the Chic mix is preferable. The extended instrumental outtro may have been "too Chic", if you will...but to my listening it adds a great dimension. "Tenderness", a European single includes an extended, very club mix that is far better than the album.
Michael Masser was one of Diana's most important producer, clocking in 2/#1 Grammy nominated singles, for instance, but never an entire album. "To Love Again" changed that including the majority of the Masser-I producemd songs featuring "Its My Turn", her 3rd 1980 Top 10 single. Besides the movie soundtrack, including "Its My Turn" finally on a Diana Ross album. Strong selling point for "All the Great Hits".
The compilation is far too skimpy on any of her magnificent work on "Lady Sings the Blues".
A few of the great Supremes smashes had been remixed by a local Boston dj and became an underground hit. Instead of licensing that original remix, Motown decided to create their own version that was just not organically exciting.
It is a very difficult to create a greatest hits compilation on such a magnificent singles (as well as, album) artist that would satisfy everyone.
"All the Great Hits" is more "Some or Most of the Great Hits". The global platinum disc serves its purpose to capture Diana's 1970-80 career. Nearly 15 later, "One Woman/Forever, Diana" would become a global phenomenon. AllMusic.com gives "One Woman" 5 stars. It became her biggest international solo effort....5xs Platinum in the U.K., a special edition released in the Anglosphere, Asia and across Europe. It has even sold over 300,000 units in the states without ever hitting the charts.
But "All the Great Hits" is a worthy snapshot of her first decade as a solo artist. She instantly rivaled her massive success of her Supremes years. From pop, R&B, jazz and dance, "All the Great Hits" underscored that she remains one of the most versatile recording artist that solidified one of her many titles, The Original Diva!!!!

maurice448 ,

THE MEDLEY'S MISSING

This is Diana's best Greatest Hits album,ever. The only problem is the missing 15-minute Medley.

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