Since the beginning of The Diana Ross Project — since that very first post about Diana Ross (1970) — the most searched topic by visitors has been Diana’s 1977 LP Baby It’s Me. There’s a reason for this — it is perhaps the single best album ever released by the singer, although it certainly didn’t scale the commercial heights that much of her 70s output did. There’s another reason, too — IT’S BEEN SO DARN HARD TO FIND.
Well, Hip-O Select has finally reissued the phenomenal Richard Perry-helmed long-player, and the company continues to spoil fans by adding several bonus tracks and alternate mixes. We expected “Baby, I Love Your Way” (previously released on an anthology) and the written-about tracks “Country John” and “Brass Band” — but we also get a funky song called “Room Enough For Two” with a sexy, playful vocal by the singer (…and a tease in the liner notes about a duet version with Billy Preston!). And those alternate mixes — “Top Of The World” starts off like totally different song, with unusual “drip-drop” sounds accompanying the familiar strings!
As of now, the release is digital-only — it’s currently available on iTunes. As with the re-release of the Supremes’ Funny Girl project, it may very well remain download-only. That will disappoint some fans — we sure do like our hands on those info-filled booklets. But boy, does it sounds good. I’m going to live with these new songs and mixes awhile, then I’ll be back to share my in-depth thoughts. Until then, you can look back over my original post on the album, and share your initial thoughts on the Expanded Edition here. Baby It’s Me is finally back…will the “same love” still be there?