Thursday, October 09, 2003

I want the new Deluxe Edition of Diana Ross's diana album so fucking badly it's almost causing me pain. Sasha Frere-Jones reviews it in his new "Mixing Desk" column for Slate this week, too. Not only does it have the original album (her best ever, the one featuring "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out," and an album which led Robert Christgau to state that "not since Lady Sings the Blues has Ms. R. been forced into such a becoming straitjacket") it also includes the never-released Chic Organisation mix - amazingly, even though Rodgers and Edwards produced the whole album, their final mix wasn't used; Motown brought in someone else to create a more Ross-centric version for final release. And as if that weren't enough, there's a bonus disc of Diana dance mixes, and not those crappy boom-boom "club" mixes which have proliferated over the past decade. These are mixes like the original DJ promo-only edit/mix of "No One Gets the Prize/The Boss," heretofore never available on a Diana album, and the 10:25 extended mix of "Love Hangover." This is history, y'all; this is disco fever, dance nirvana. Who wants to get it for me? My birthday's in less than 2 months, you know...

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