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Album Review

From the mavens of Motown over at Hip-O Select came this two-disc expanded edition of Diana Ross's Last Time I Saw Him (1973) — presented in both the original stereo, as well as a rare quadraphonic mix that was only available in Japan for a short time in the mid-'70s, plus an entire CD containing nothing but previously unreleased "bonus tracks" from the sessions. After leaving the Supremes in 1969, Ross's solo career soared during the early part of the ensuing decade. By 1973 she had already starred in two major motion pictures and issued no less than six long-players. She likewise found time to bring her stage show to SRO crowds around the country and even work on several forthcoming endeavors, such as Last Time I Saw Him (1973) and a separate platter of songs for her two daughters — titled appropriately enough To the Baby. Since time was of the essence, something had to give. So Ross shelved the latter personal project and devoted her considerable attention toward this ten-song LP. While the material is generally hit or miss, the one unifying factor is Ross' resourceful interpretive skills — which she ably demonstrates to great effect. This is true whether tackling the hapless optimism of the opening title track or the intimacy infused in the ballads "Love Me," "You," the heartfelt "Sleepin'," or the jazz-fused "When Will I Come Home to You." Demonstrating yet another facet of her infinite talents, Ross rocks out on "I Heard a Love Song (But You Never Made a Sound)" with a funk that is firmly ingrained in "old-school" Motown. She is equally out front on the bold R&B statement "Stone Liberty," speaking with a message of personal freedom and empowerment. Rounding out the original tune stack is a quirky and soulful overhaul of Charlie Rich's hit "Behind Closed Doors." Ross simply sparkles, whimsically revealing a happy-go-lucky cadence that wasn't in Rich's reading. As mentioned earlier, the supplementary selections have all been recently unearthed from the Motown Records vaults. For all intents and purposes, the vast majority were completed yet ultimately dismissed in favor of arguably stronger selections. There are several outstanding performances within, including "version one" of the delicate "Where Did We Go Wrong" — which resurfaced several years later on Ross (1978) — plus an update of the '50s pop love song "Since I Don't Have You" that was intended for the Diana & Marvin (1973) duet album. But as Gaye never recorded his vocals, the song remained shelved. Rounding out the entire package — for the sake of completeness no doubt — is the unedited "Last Time I Saw Him."

Customer Reviews

Classic Diana Ross

It's great that I-Tunes has this extended version available. I read about it on a Diana Ross website where it can be ordered for almost twice the price. I have the original LP and many of the songs were not available on that 1973 LP. It's like getting more new Diana Ross music this year. With Blue, I Love You and now this, I have plenty of new tunes by the great Diana Ross to last until her next new release of all new material. Hopefully soon and available on I-Tunes again.

Last Time I Loved Diana

The Last Time I Loved Diana was when she released I Love You Earlier this year and now I am loving her again. Last Time I Saw Him is one of my fave Diana albums ever. The 70's was her peak and for soul music it was at it's peak as well. This expanded editions features about ten unreleased gems and alternative takes from the original CD. When Will I Come Home, Turn Around, I'll Come Home To You and Love Me are some of the standouts.

Diana Ross

DIANA ROSS IS FABULOUS!!!! Most of the bonus tracks are fabulous! Great CD. It's amazing how much she recorded in 73. IMO, this period was some of her best vocals.

Biography

Born: March 26, 1944 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As a solo artist, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. With her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin, Ross formed the Primettes vocal quartet in 1959. In 1960, they were signed to local Motown Records, changing their name to the Supremes in 1961. Martin then left, and the group continued as a trio. Over the next eight years, the Supremes...
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