Diana - in 1979
from Everywhere and nowhere
, 28 Dec 2011
Be careful. This is not Diana Ross in 2009, but in 1979, 30 years ago! Diana Ross has hardly been seen or heard of since Michael Jackson died, and then the biopic film, 'The Dream Girls' (based on the rise of Diana Ross and the Supremes) was released a couple of years back, only doing concert tours in the US mostly. But this is Diana in her heyday - her energy, humanity, enthusiasm and humour all shine through here. The concert is recorded just before her 1980 album release, Diana, so the tracks 'Upside Down', 'My Old Piano' and 'I'm Coming Out' are sadly missing. But there are many from her 1970s solo career including the beautiful ballads, 'Do you know where you're going to?' and 'Touch me in the Morning', and songs from her Oscar-winning film, 'Lady Sings the Blues' (1972). I have always liked Diana Ross as a performer (her costumes are so OTT, but fabulous for it!) but I think she's a better singer with slow, controlled ballads and dance songs. She can lapse into shouting and straining with songs that require power; she's no Witney or Dionne Warwick. But she's sexy, stylish, and a great entertainer who, given the right song, is a pleasure to watch.
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