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    Diana's Lower Register

    I've often felt Diana's lower register was sadly under utilized. But she did use it sometimes. Besides Reese and myself, are there other fans who love that side of Diana's talent? What's your favorite example, or one of your favorite examples? Here's one of mine:


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    I loved it when Diana was recorded in a lower key. Those breathy lower notes always sounded so sexy. Some noteworthy examples for me are....
    Baby Doll
    Reflections
    My Baby My Own
    Brown Baby
    Stop Look Listen [[solo verse)
    Friend To Friend
    Let Somebody Know
    To Many Nights
    What Can One Person Do....[[joke)
    From 2005 onwards her vocals are all pretty dusky.

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    From the Supremes days, off the top of my head, I really love I'M GIVING YOU YOUR FREEDOM, I'M IN LOVE AGAIN, and STORMY.

    From her solo days, I think her 1979 HBO special is probably the best example of her lower register. I don't think I'd ever paid attention to it so much before. But I remember listening to that concert over and over [[I taped it off FM radio) and being struck by how different her voice was from the early days and how much depth she brought to the songs like MY MAN.

    Another solo one that I really like is WHAT ABOUT LOVE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    I loved it when Diana was recorded in a lower key. Those breathy lower notes always sounded so sexy. Some noteworthy examples for me are....
    Baby Doll
    Reflections
    My Baby My Own
    Brown Baby
    Stop Look Listen [[solo verse)
    Friend To Friend
    Let Somebody Know
    To Many Nights
    What Can One Person Do....[[joke)
    From 2005 onwards her vocals are all pretty dusky.
    Love most of these, but I really love LET SOMEBODY KNOW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    I loved it when Diana was recorded in a lower key. Those breathy lower notes always sounded so sexy. Some noteworthy examples for me are....
    Baby Doll
    Reflections
    My Baby My Own
    Brown Baby
    Stop Look Listen [[solo verse)
    Friend To Friend
    Let Somebody Know
    To Many Nights
    What Can One Person Do....[[joke)
    From 2005 onwards her vocals are all pretty dusky.
    I love these, especially Reflections, My Baby My Own, Brown Baby and Friend To Friend.
    I would also add Gone and Not Over You Yet.

    Good thread, Ran. I'm gonna have to make a playlist. What shall I title it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky2012 View Post
    I love these, especially Reflections, My Baby My Own, Brown Baby and Friend To Friend.
    I would also add Gone and Not Over You Yet.

    Good thread, Ran. I'm gonna have to make a playlist. What shall I title it?
    Not forgetting Lovin’ Livin’ and Givin’. “Friend To Friend” is probably the lowest key in which she has recorded a song prior to 2005 when her voice naturally became deeper. Unless peeps think differently of course....

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    I prefer Diana's lower register.

    I just happened to hear LL&G yesterday and was reminded how much I love that song and her vocal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    Not forgetting Lovin’ Livin’ and Givin’. “Friend To Friend” is probably the lowest key in which she has recorded a song prior to 2005 when her voice naturally became deeper. Unless peeps think differently of course....
    Yes, absolutely Lovin', Livin', Givin'. I love her vocal on this. The synth production followed Donna Summer's I Feel Love but Diana Ross gave a poignant, human vocal in contrast to Donna Summer's distant, trancey vocals. I love and appreciate both tracks!

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    I've always liked 'Touch Me In The Morning", "Good Morning Heartache" and, more recently discovered, "Stormy".

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    Scratch it! Love Diana's first attempt at Love is Like An Itchin'.

    https://youtu.be/dE1Ei3d98Qc

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    On "so they say" on EDAND, she navigates through lower, medium and high register with a lot of grace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie9 View Post
    I loved it when Diana was recorded in a lower key. Those breathy lower notes always sounded so sexy. Some noteworthy examples for me are....
    Baby Doll
    Reflections
    My Baby My Own
    Brown Baby
    Stop Look Listen [[solo verse)
    Friend To Friend
    Let Somebody Know
    To Many Nights
    What Can One Person Do....[[joke)
    From 2005 onwards her vocals are all pretty dusky.
    "My Baby My Own" and "Brown Baby" are favs of mine as well Ollie. In fact "Brown Baby" may just be my favorite Diana non single song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    From the Supremes days, off the top of my head, I really love I'M GIVING YOU YOUR FREEDOM, I'M IN LOVE AGAIN, and STORMY.

    From her solo days, I think her 1979 HBO special is probably the best example of her lower register. I don't think I'd ever paid attention to it so much before. But I remember listening to that concert over and over [[I taped it off FM radio) and being struck by how different her voice was from the early days and how much depth she brought to the songs like MY MAN.

    Another solo one that I really like is WHAT ABOUT LOVE.
    "I'm In Love Again", yes!! Love that one! I'm gonna have to give a listen to "My Man" from the HBO special. Haven't listened to it in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky2012 View Post

    Good thread, Ran. I'm gonna have to make a playlist. What shall I title it?
    Gotta give some credit to Reese. It was his comment in another thread that inspired this one.

    I would call the playlist "Ain't No Valley Low Enough".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sotosound View Post
    I've always liked 'Touch Me In The Morning", "Good Morning Heartache" and, more recently discovered, "Stormy".
    "Good Morning Heartache"...I honestly believe this is one of the most perfect vocal performances she's ever given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybrewster View Post
    Scratch it! Love Diana's first attempt at Love is Like An Itchin'.

    https://youtu.be/dE1Ei3d98Qc
    Oh absolutely!

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    Another fav of mine where she uses some of her lower register is "Share Some Love". Also "Come On Boy" I love very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    "My Baby My Own" and "Brown Baby" are favs of mine as well Ollie. In fact "Brown Baby" may just be my favorite Diana non single song.
    I’ve often wondered if the recording of “My Baby [[My Own) had been slowed down. Along with “Brown Baby” it’s probably my fave from the album as well.
    The only time I’ve ever seen Diana struggle with her lower register was when performing “Gone” live.

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