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L. Mist "So many CDs, so little room" (London England)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lady sings in blue, 17 July 2006
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
Diana Ross is probably the most successful female singer in pop history, if you include her hits with the Supremes. At their height they rivalled the Beatles in terms of record sales and No. 1s in America.

After leaving the Supremes, and embarking on her solo career, she then branched out into acting. Her debut wasn't exactly an easy choice. Taking on the role of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, had many critics baying for blood. They considered her too inexperienced as a singer and an actress (her only acting role had been as a singing nun in an episode of Tarzan!) to play a woman with such a tumultuous life: Broken marriages, prostitution and drug addiction, which led to her untimely death. But "Call me Miss Ross" blew them all away with an astonishing performance and ended up with an Oscar nomination, losing out to Liza Minnelli for her performance in Cabaret.

Part of the success of her performance is that she does not impersonate the singer, if she had she would have fallen flat on her face, but she manages to make the songs her own.

The album `Blue' was produced as a follow-up to the soundtrack but was shelved, as her record company wanted her to concentrate on her pop career. It is an album of standards, different versions of which can be found on the soundtrack and a couple would eventually see the light of day on her other albums (Little Girl Blue" on Touch Me in the Morning and "Smile" on Diana Ross.)

The arrangements, by Gil Askey are immaculate and her phrasing is near perfect. This CD contains the original 12 tracks plus 4 bonus ones.

My favourites are:

'I loves ya Porgy', a more up-tempo version, than is usually heard.

`What a difference a day makes', which is blissful.

`My Man', possibly the saddest lyrics ever written, which she sings with perfect poignancy.

Why on earth this has taken over thirty years to be released, Lord only knows! One wonders that if this album had seen the light of day in 1972, her career would have taken a different path and what other hidden gems are gathering dust in Motown's vaults?

Extended Seventies - The Dawning Of The 12 Inch Era
Extended Seventies - The Dawning Of The 12 Inch Era

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4.0 out of 5 stars How long is that track !, 13 July 2006
This CD has been compiled by the same people, who have brought us the very wonderful 12"/80s collections, so now I don't have to trawl through sealed boxes of 12"s, to play my favourite over produced songs of the 80s. For that I will be forever grateful.
This CD could be considered a prequel to the 80s collection. It ranges from pop, disco and new wave. In an era when disco was at its height and tracks were at their longest (Check out the 16.46 minutes of Love to love you baby. Can anyone actually dance to a track that long?).
Highlights for me include:
Sparks: Beat the clock, a collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, the disco legend.
M: Pop musik, a classic pop tune from 1979.
The Normal: Warm Leatherette, later covered by Grace Jones.
Cerrone: Supernature, A classic dance track with the worst lyrics ever.
Diana Ross: Love Hangover, she can't quite equal Donna Summer in the heavy breathing department, comes across as more asthmatic, but still, a masterpiece.

Dig the Slowness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic little mix, 11 July 2006
This review is from: Dig the Slowness (Audio CD)
At first glance this may seem a cool little mod collection, but if you look a bit closer, you'll find it's quite long-haired and turned on in places. Highlights for me include:
Donovan's bluesy folk tune Hey! Gyp!
A lounge version of `Venus' from the Jerry Ross Symposium
`Dancing in the Moonlight'...the original, not Toploader!
`Sounds of the 70s', which was used in the `twisted' denim Levi ad.
`I dig everything' from Bowie's mod period.
`Wide eyed girl on a wall' a rousing instrumental which closes the CD.
The CD was compiled by Andy Lewis, a DJ at the legendary Blow Up club in London. His CDs are always worth checking out as the man has a genius for discovering long lost gems.

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