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    THE BOSS.........Forty years on.

    Now heres an album that literally blows Swept Away... away. An album with real musical class and integrity. Forty years on and these songs still sparkle and shine. It's a music crime that Diana never recorded another album with A & S again. My own personal favourites being "All For One" and "It's My House".
    Last edited by Ollie9; 06-01-2019 at 06:06 AM.

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    Agreed! From start to finish this is probably my favorite DR record. Itís just perfect. The cover art is sensational. The production incredible. The vocals are tops.

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    Itís also a shame it didnít chart higher. Motown dropped the ball here. The title track should have also charted much higher than 19

    Her stage show promoting the album was also excellent. Her voice had never been better

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    this album is awsome. love it, Ross in on fire vocally here. great songs. i dont think ,other than her tv special of this concert, she was visable. great tour. i agree should hve done much better but it went gold so not bad. just don't think Motown did enough.
    but I have always thought BG dropped the ball in the 70s. he seemed on point in the 60s.
    I think moving to LA and making movies , bit off more than he could chew ….at times

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    One of the best ever. Holds up greatly. This is the LP that started the Ross-isance and shot Diana into the stratosphere. Should have charted higher but we've discussed that 2,462 times before (I've counted, don't challenge me ) but what remains is an extraordinary accomplishment by Diana, Ashford, Simpson, and every single musician and tech who worked on the album. A joy to revisit, especially in summer, when the lp was originally released. There's only one Diana Ross.

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    One of her best albums. Love it from the start to the end. Just pure perfection.

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    I have to concur with all the above comments. It is difficult to fault anything here. The songs, the production, the quality of Diana's vocals, and those beautiful cover photos. The only disappointment was its chart performance which was modest at best. Motown should have pulled out all the stops and given it the promotional push it deserved. It could have been as huge as the "Diana" set that followed it.
    Probably her most consistent album, and it sounds as fresh and relevant as it did back in the day. There is nothing more to be said.

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    Theres plenty more to be said Bluebrock lol.
    I think this album caught a lot of people by surprise. Here was little Diana Ross, the girl who proved she could sing the blues and excel on beautiful love songs really stretching her vocal wings. Belting and wailing with the best of them. The photo shoot made it clear that she was really coming out.
    I think "The Boss" was the wrong choice as first single. Should have been "No One Gets The Prize" in the USA and "It's My House for the UK.
    Is there truth in the rumour that Diana was considering another album with A & S around the time of Central Park??.
    My only beef is that the album is to short. Another couple of songs would have rounded things off nicely...................Or am i being greedy?.

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    In those days, a Gold record was important and as a single, the Boss is a Ross classic. So, no deception here.
    I donít like the cover picture.

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    A high-five to all my fellow posters, and yes, the live show was amazing. I especially remember 'I Ain't Been Licked', which I think was the second song in the set, and 'No One Gets The Prize'. Diana set the house on fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    A high-five to all my fellow posters, and yes, the live show was amazing. I especially remember 'I Ain't Been Licked', which I think was the second song in the set, and 'No One Gets The Prize'. Diana set the house on fire.
    Forty years later, this is still my all-time favorite Diana Ross album. I remember walking into Musicland and seeing that cover on their wall display: ďIs that... wow... ...thatís Diana Ross!!Ē She was absolutely coming out!

    There is not a weak cut to be found. I agree, ďNo OneĒ should have been released as a single in the US, and Motown should have done more to promote it. I believe I remember Andy and George mentioning that along with alternate vocals there were a couple outtakes still in the vaults. This LP definitely needs an expanded edition...

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    Absolutely one of her best albums. Every song on it is enjoyable to me. Good idea hooking her up again with A&S but it sucks that the album wasn't the commercial success that the tracks deserved. I agree with those who think the title track was the wrong first single, as great a song as it is. But the more I listen to it in recent years, I start to get why it might not have been the cut that made everyone pay attention. "No One Gets the Prize" was a winner. Had that been the first single I think it would've gone number one. Definitely a million seller. That song is hot. Diana's biggest rival that summer was Donna, um, Summer, and we know how well Donna's album did that year. Personally I find Diana's album to be the better song for song album. I think it holds up the best also. But Donna's first two singles from the album were steaming hot, "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls". "The Boss" as a single doesn't stand up next to those IMO, but "No One Gets the Prize" does. Had that been the first single with "The Boss" as a followup, "The Boss" single might have done better, and as a result so would the album.

    Not gonna go back down the road of how Motown screwed up the singles (5 month gap between the first and second single), just will add that to my ears, in addition to the two songs released and "No One Gets the Prize", there are two more singles on the album in "Licked" and "Morning".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyB View Post
    I believe I remember Andy and George mentioning that along with alternate vocals there were a couple outtakes still in the vaults. This LP definitely needs an expanded edition...
    That's certainly something to look forward to!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyB View Post
    Forty years later, this is still my all-time favorite Diana Ross album. I remember walking into Musicland and seeing that cover on their wall display: “Is that... wow... ...that’s Diana Ross!!” She was absolutely coming out!

    There is not a weak cut to be found. I agree, “No One” should have been released as a single in the US, and Motown should have done more to promote it. I believe I remember Andy and George mentioning that along with alternate vocals there were a couple outtakes still in the vaults. This LP definitely needs an expanded edition...
    Diana told me she thought there were perhaps a further 2 tracks in the vault, but she is not always the most reliable source for providing information on her own career. Surely they would have been included on the previous expanded edition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    Theres plenty more to be said Bluebrock lol.
    I think this album caught a lot of people by surprise. Here was little Diana Ross, the girl who proved she could sing the blues and excel on beautiful love songs really stretching her vocal wings. Belting and wailing with the best of them. The photo shoot made it clear that she was really coming out.
    I think "The Boss" was the wrong choice as first single. Should have been "No One Gets The Prize" in the USA and "It's My House for the UK.
    Is there truth in the rumour that Diana was considering another album with A & S around the time of Central Park??.
    My only beef is that the album is to short. Another couple of songs would have rounded things off nicely...................Or am i being greedy?.
    It was briefly discussed but never got beyond a casual discussion. Diana wanted to follow a more pop/rock vibe in the early 80's which is also the main reason why Luther never got to produce a full album on her.

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    Definitely a favorite of mine and I remember the how everyone was talking about the "Boss" in the clubs. Nick and Val just seem to bring out the best in Diana or maybe it was that she loved working with them. I don't know but this is still a good good album.

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    Sparkle is one of her greatest vocal performances. It was so understated, yet powerfully soulful.

    At 3:59 .... "Now you say you want to leave ......"
    WOW, that vocal rips into my heart ...... I can listen to it over and over again.

    Diana never had to scream and screech and hoot and holler to convey emotion like so many of her peers.
    Last edited by Circa 1824; 06-02-2019 at 04:01 PM.

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    I know exactly what you mean Circa. Diana conveys so much emotion in those lines. The second "Now you say you want to leave" cuts me up every time. The first is filled with anger, the second just hurt and disbelief.

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    Had The Boss been the follow up to diana, i think it would have been a huge album with hit singles a plenty. As it was, the album discounting The Wiz sountrack was the follow up to Ross 78.............Enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    Had The Boss been the follow up to diana, i think it would have been a huge album with hit singles a plenty. As it was, the album discounting The Wiz sountrack was the follow up to Ross 78.............Enough said.
    I have to agree. It is criminal that such an outstanding product did not sell as well as it should have done, but i guess you could say the same thing about all three A&S albums. Surrender did well in the UK but not so much in the USA. Those three were amongst her most lauded albums yet for the most part underperformed. Another reason perhaps why they did not work together again?

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    You are most probably right Bluebrock for much the same reason Diana did not record a second album with Richard Perry.
    The wonderful Surrender album suffered from product overload. Did we really need "EIE".... ...Way to go motown.
    The Boss album needed a killer first single. The Boss as a single is now regarded as a Diana classic and although a good song, does not hint at top 10. An "Upside Down" was what was needed to send the album on it's way, ie climbing the higher echelons of the charts.

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    YES, fantastic album. Ashford & Simpson worked their magic all over it. My favourites are the title track, "It's My House", "No One Gets The Prize" and "Once In The Morning".

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