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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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1)Muscles--what can one say about drek?
2)Theme from Mahogony--see #1.
3)Last Time I Saw Him-what was that about?
4)Eaten Alive-what a mess.
5)Reach Out I'll Be There--this was a single wasnt it?If so it shouldnt have been. Another mess.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Land before time
Muscles
Why do fools fall in love
Chain reaction
The one he did with Nick Martinelli(forgot the title)
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Ryon6 (tyrone)
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Jimmy Mack,
You've got to be kidding. "Reach Out" is one of my favorite Ross singles. Ashford and Simpson did another great job reinventing another Motown classic. I must concur that "Muscles" and "Eaten Alive" are some of her worst, though I can tolerate "Muscles", "Eaten Alive" nahhhhhh.

Eli,
The 12inch remix of "Chain Reaction" is much better than the single. Another one of my favorites but its not in my top 10. "If We Hold On Together" is that the one you are referring to as Land of Time and the one you are referring to by Nick Martinelli, is it "The Best Years Of My Life"?

My choices are:
1)Eaten Alive
2)Muscles
3)Sleepin'
4)Together
5)Workin' Overtime
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Ryon,
Yes thats the one.
Its about a dinosaur or something.
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SDF (handsome)
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Posted on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 10:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

JimmyMack, I must concur with tyrone...Reach Out was a great arrangement and I liked it as well.

Here are the songs by Diana I didn't like:

Pieces of Ice (or something like that)
Time & Love
Call Me (I Love You)
Carry On (Martha Wash sounds better)
Muscles

Handsome
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Reese (reese)
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1) So Close
2) Up Front
3) Eaten Alive
4) Tell Me Again
5) You're Gonna Love It
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SDF (handsome)
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Here's another song, though it wasn't a Diana single...

No Matter What You Do-Al B. Sure feat. Diana Ross

The monologue is so funny, where she tells Al, don't play with her emotions! Hell she's old enough to be his grandmother, ha ha!

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Reese (reese)
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Handsome,

I was getting ready to list NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. But then I figured it wasn't so bad. I just thought the idea of Diana dueting with Al B. Sure was a bit off. Maybe that's why they didn't do a video.
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SDF (handsome)
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Hey Reese!

How have you been?

My idea for the video would have been Diana in a rockin chair with a storybook, with Al B., sitting on her lap, ha ha ha!


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Reese (reese)
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Now Handsome, that was not funny. :-)

But in all seriousness, did you notice that the promotion for that single was rather bland? The cd single, cassette single, and 12-inch all came in a rather plain black cover with no photos of the duo. Even the trade ad I saw was just plain script featuring the song's title, the artists' names, and the cover of Al's album. I'm surprised the song did as well as it did, #4 R&B.

It was so unlike how ALL OF YOU, Diana's duet with Julio Iglesias, was marketed. The video for that one was in heavy rotation on VH1. And the single was released in an attractive picture sleeve.
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SDF (handsome)
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Right Reese.

I'd like to know the story behind the paring on this song, just to be nosy.

Handsome
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Ryon6 (tyrone)
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Come on y'all. "No Matter What You Do" was a story about a young man falling in love with an older woman. Supposedly, Al B was dating Rolanda
Watts either before the recording or during the recording.

Eli, though the song was about dinosaurs, it's a love song.

Reese had mentioned "Up Front". I thought and still think it was a good R'n'B song. It's really the only song by Ray Parker that I like. RCA should've promoted it. Reese, "Tell Me Again", I used to think the same thing. After I purchased her RCA Greatest Hits, I'm assuming there were two mixes because I like that version from the GH package far better than the original version.
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Reese (reese)
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Ryon,
I actually like TELL ME AGAIN. But I think it was a bad choice for a single. I gather it was only released because it was performed by Wintley Phipps at Diana's second wedding. So it must have had personal significence for her.
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stone love (stone_love)
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1. LAST TIME I SAW HIM
2.TIME AND LOVE(THE SUPREMES MARY JEAN AND CINDY DO A BETTER JOB)
3. SWEPT AWAY
4.CARRY ON
5.ENDLESS LOVE(SOLO))
I MUST SAY I REALLY LIKE TELL ME AGAIN.
I JUST LOVE THE 70s SUPREMES
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Lady Mystique (ladymystique)
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1. Muscles
2. Swept Away
3. Eaten Alive
4. Chain Reaction
5. Pieces of Ice

IMO, I love her voice on the slower songs (Theme from Mahogany, Missing You, It's My Turn, etc.)
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SDF (handsome)
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tyrone, more like a little boy faling in love with someone's "Grandma"! ha ha ha!

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janebse (janebse)
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I'm curious. Are the songs you chose "disasters" beause of the way Diana sings them, or are they just plain bad songs? Exactly what is it that makes the song so bad?
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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The worst is her duet with Julio Iglesias... damn...! That was bad...

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Lady Mystique (ladymystique)
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With me, it is the style of the song. I think her 80s/90s songs were not all that as I'd rather hear her sing songs like IT'S MY TURN or something along those lines. MISSING YOU is a tune I enjoy. To me, she is stronger on her ballads than on her up tempo songs.
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Mike Sku (mike_sku)
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My least favorite Diana singles? These were hard to pick:
1. Eaten Alive (I didn't understand a word she sang, and I used to think Diana was pretty articulate)
2. Workin' Overtime (Trying to redo the Chic experience didn't work for me)
3. This House (Same problem, and a lame single)
4. You're Gonna Love It (This song was so out of place on the LP it came from)
5. Old Funky Rolls (Okay, it was fine for the collector in me, but a bad single for the Diana fan)

Runners Up:

1. Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right (Diana's poor attempt at country)
2. One Love in My Lifetime (a little too screechy for me)
3. Swept Away (Just not a memorable song at all)

I have always felt I was a die-hard Diana fan, and nothing she could do was wrong. Interesting what a few years of discerning listening can do...
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Gil (gil)
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"All Of You" (with Julio Iglesias)
"Pieces Of Ice" (deserved to be mentioned again!)
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DyvaNaye (westside314)
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Yes! Gil, that darned sappy-azzed 'All of You'...'what the hell?...'

And what else needs to be mentioned again is Eaten Alive...she was, as we say, 'going through'.

I have to add 'Muscles' - ok MJ wrote that song and wanted to record it himself. She said 'Michael that would not be appropriate, what would the public think?' hmmmm....

This 1 person in the public thoguh the song should have stayed on a shelf some where....stoopid crap...
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zebop (zebop)
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Can I say it again? "Eaten Alive." How 'bout "Old Funky Rolls" oww lord, what a horrible song. "Chain Reaction" is right up there too. Sadly I think all of these songs would make a great, good/bad compilation CD--when music is this bad, it's almost enjoyable.

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