Back in 1976, Motown declared July “Diana Ross Month” — celebrating the recent success of her smash LP Diana Ross and the release of the singer’s latest single, “One Love In My Lifetime.” Now, a full forty years later, that classic album is returning to store shelves — and as with its original release, it’s on vinyl.
Check out this article from Classic Motown detailing the 40th anniversary reissue of Diana Ross this month. According to the news release, the vinyl reissue won’t include any bonus tracks or additional materials, just the original album lineup (which featured the #1 hits “Theme From Mahogany” and “Love Hangover,” along with the fan favorite “I Thought It Took A Little Time”). Of course, a few years ago Hip-O Select released a deluxe expanded edition of Diana Ross on CD, which included several vault tracks and alternate mixes.
Although it’s not one of my personal favorites, I’m thrilled to hear Diana Ross will return to vinyl; dozens of classic albums are getting vinyl reissues and it’s time a Ross album entered the marketplace again. The singer’s full-length albums continue to be overlooked by critics, who consider Miss Ross more of a “singles” artist. And even if the LP’s material is a little bit uneven, the cover is easily one of Diana’s most stunning — won’t it be awesome to see that face staring out from the racks again?
The reissue will apparently be released July 15, and can be ordered here. Hopefully we’ll see it in stores that are selling vinyl again, like Barnes & Noble and others. And in the meantime, check out my original review of the album here!