Record Store Wednesdays: “The Best Of Diana Ross” (1972)

The Best Of Diana Ross 1972 German

I’m in love with this 1972 German import LP I picked up at an FYE store in the Atlanta-area — the cover is gorgeous and the record itself in mint condition.  The Best Of Diana Ross was never released in the United States — there wouldn’t be a “best of” collection here until 1976.  This German collection features selections from her first three solo studio albums, Diana Ross, Everything Is Everythingand Surrender — and although it doesn’t represent a very big portion of her career, a few of her biggest hits are included:

  1. Remember Me
  2. Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoo
  3. I Wouldn’t Change The Man He Is
  4. Surrender
  5. Where There Was Darkness
  6. Everything Is Everything
  7. Reach Out I’ll Be There
  8. I’m Still Waiting
  9. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  10. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)
  11. Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)
  12. These Things Will Keep Me Loving You
  13. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

This is a pretty solid lineup, thanks to the fact that these first three albums all contain raw, soulful performances from the singer; things would change with the release of her film/soundtrack Lady Sings The Blues (also in 1972), which would lead Miss Ross to a smoother, more sophisticated style of singing and take her in a more “pop” direction for the majority of the 1970s.  Even though the film would catapult Diana to the true level of superstardom, this early collection does seem warranted, as several of the songs were top 40 hits in both the US and internationally (the enormous success of “I’m Still Waiting” overseas is likely what sparked the idea of releasing a “best of” in the first place).

Of course, I’d argue there are a few stronger performances that could’ve been placed on this early compilation; if tasked with making my own version, here are the substitutions/additions (printed in bold) that I’d make:

  1. Remember Me
  2. Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoo
  3. Something On My Mind
  4. Surrender
  5. Dark Side Of The World
  6. I Love You (Call Me)
  7. Reach Out I’ll Be There
  8. I’m Still Waiting
  9. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  10. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)
  11. I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You
  12. Keep An Eye
  13. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  14. Baby It’s Love
  15. All The Befores

Now it’s your turn — what would you include on an early (1970-71) Diana Ross “best of” collection?

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4 Responses to Record Store Wednesdays: “The Best Of Diana Ross” (1972)

  1. Pete Mowbray says:

    Hi Paul
    Pete from UK here.Been meaning to comment and tell you what a brilliant job you’re doing keeping the work of the legendary Miss Ross alive and current – great stuff !! Many thanks !!
    Re: The Best of” I would ditch “Close to You” and replace with “You’re All I Need to Get By” or “Did you read the morning Paper?”
    Let’s face it – it’s all “best” really !!

  2. Christopher Kreidel says:

    Hi Paul,

    Been enjoying your site for some time now.
    This was fun and a great opportunity to sample these great early albums again.
    The bulleted titles are added/replacement titles:

    Remember Me
    • I Can’t Give Back The Love
    I Wouldn’t Change The Man He Is
    Surrender
    • Dark Side of the World
    • Baby, It’s Love
    Reach Out I’ll Be There
    I’m Still Waiting
    (They Long To Be) Close To You
    • I Love You (Call Me)
    • The Long And Winding Road
    Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)
    Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)
    • Did You Read he Morning Paper
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

  3. Okay so I’d reduce the track list right down because while I really appreciate those first three records I think it is the hits and a couple of the covers that are the stand out tracks for me. I did deliberate over including “(They Long to Be) Close to You” but thought that there were so many covers of that song at the time, I’m unsure another would be highlight of a hits package. So here goes…

    Side A
    “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”
    “You’re All I Need to Get By”
    “I’m Still Waiting”
    “Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoobe, Doobedood’ndoo”
    “Come Together”
    “I Love You (Call Me)”

    Side B
    “Surrender”
    “I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You”
    “Remember Me”
    “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”
    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

    It may be a little lean but these are the songs that still stand the test of time for me and make this a concise playlist that covers a really specific period of Miss Ross’ career. 🙂

    • Paul says:

      Julius — I like this — lean but to the point. Although Diana would continue to score incredible career highlights during the rest of the 1970s, these first few years really did contain some timeless gems.

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