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Take Me Higher

Take Me Higher

4 Sep 1995
4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Sept. 1995
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: ℗ 1995 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Parlophone Records Ltd © 1995 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. 1995 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 50:47
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  • ASIN: B001KUCLK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,708 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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WORKIN' OVERTIME (1989) saw Diana entering into a new phase which was a brave attempt and although there were a few good tracks on that album it was rather flawed by too many substandard tracks. THE FORCE BEHIND THE POWER (1991) saw Diana return to true form and although was a huge seller around Europe, its sales were again pretty disastorous in the U.S, despite being a magnificent recording.

It was much the same story for the TAKE ME HIGHER (1995) album although fans welcomed this with open arms. Like the stunning THE FORCE BEHIND THE POWER album, TAKE ME HIGHER was a big seller in the U.K, racing into the U.K Top 10 album charts within its first week of release!

The album begins with the fun, bouncy, uplifting TAKE ME HIGHER which is by far one of her greatest dance recordings of the 1990s. Take Me Higher sounds like a classic today even though it only sold surprisingly moderatley in both the U.K and U.S. It certainly sounds like it had all the potential and fire to go to the top of the charts. ]

IF YOU'RE NOT GONNA LOVE ME RIGHT is a rather radio friendly number, with its catchy performance and its funky, urban R&B beat. I NEVER LOVED A MAN BEFORE is a poignant and effective ballard with its striking Latin arrangemnents with an urban R&B slant.

SWING IT is on the English version of the album which is another funky, grooving urban R&B/dance number. On the U.S version though in it's place for some reason is LET SOMEBODY KNOW which was included on the U.K. CD single release of TAKE ME HIGHER.

More street R&B numbers follow that with the catchy KEEP IT RIGHT THERE which flows nicely with a seamless performance from Diana and DON'T STOP which comes complete with an effective rap interlude from The Boom Brothers.
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This is a fantastic album from 1995 that has really stood the test of time. It had a lot to live up to, being the follow up studio album to 1991's multi-platinum 'Force Behind The Power'. However, whilst this album does not boast the mega-hits of it's predecessor, this album is a wonderful mix of love songs and uptempo numbers. The title track was a wonderful choice for first single that somehow managed to miss the UK top 30. As I remember it, it wasn't that well promoted in the UK. There are some real jems here amongst the album tracks such as the funky 'Swing It' and 'If You're Not Gonna Love Me Right'. The album's second single is featured midway through the album ('Gone') and is a beautifully peformed piece that should have been massive. After that the album loses it's way slightly before finishing on a high with 'Voice Of The Heart', 'Only Love Can Conquer All' and Diana's take on 'I Will Survive'.
Diana could have rested on her laurels after her early 90s successes with 'Force...' and 'One Woman', but this album is surprisingly good and deserved much more success than it achieved.
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“Take Me Higher” is, in my humble opinion, Diana Ross’ finest studio album from the 90s. This is a fine collection of songs that has a ‘grown-up’ feel to it. After the runaway success of “The Force Behind the Power”, Ms Ross opted for a more soulful slant with this album. Ross teamed up with some of the most influential R&B producers in the business – Nick Martinelli, Narada Michael Walden, Jon John and The Boom Bros. The result? A cracking selection of songs that proved that Ms Ross could still strut her stuff.
The UK and US album selections are different – The US version contains the Brenda Russell ballad “Let Somebody Know”, whereas the UK version contains the funky little ditty, “Swing It”. I’d recommend that US buyers buy the UK version on import – I’ll explain why later on!
The album kicks off with the percussive, high N-R-G title track, “Take Me Higher”, which is a brilliant. Listen out for Patti Austin’s awesome backing vocals. “If You’re Not Going To Love Me Right” is a laid back R&B groove.
It’s the ballads that stand out on this album and the first is the gorgeous “I Never Loved a Man Before”. It has a beautiful Spanish feel to it that provided the perfect backdrop for Diana’s delicate, soothing vocals.
Then we come to the UK only track, “Swing It” which has to be one of the funkiest tracks that Diana’s recorded. Why wasn’t it released as a single? I played this in my car and a friend was shocked to discover it was Ms Ross!
“Keep It Right Here” is the outstanding R&B track. It’s sultry, laid back and easy, as is “Don’t Stop”.
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This is a great album of easy listening songs, sound quality is great, Lay back and listen too great music you can't go wrong wit this album.
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This is so good.I'm still playing it now . Keep It Right There is so sexy/funky . Only Love Can Conquer All is one of her best recent songs.It's a contemporary album with something for everyone .I thought I was going to cringe at I Will Survive . I've always hated that song but she pulls it off and the ending gets really funky .GONE is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.The only questionable track is Voice of the heart which I just don't like at all . A great album from the greatest ever .
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