Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Album Covers of Diana Ross

For no reason whatsoever here are my favourite Diana Ross album covers. Ross is one of my favourites when it comes to this arena (apart from the music on said albums being quite amazing) and I thought I'd shine a spotlight on it.

Diana Ross [aka Ain't No Mountain High Enough] (1970)

Everything is Everything (1970)

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Last Time I Saw Him (1973)

Diana Ross (1976)

An Evening with Diana Ross (1977)

Baby, It's Me (1977)

Ross (1978)

The Boss (1979)

diana (1980)

To Love Again (1981)

Why do Fools Fall In Love? (1981)

Silk Electric (1982)

Ross (1983)

Swept Away (1984)

Eaten Alive (1985)

Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987)

Workin' Overtime (1989)

Greatest Hits Live (1989)

The Force Behind the Power (1991)

Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings... Jazz and Blues (1992)

Diana Extended: The Remixes (1994)

Take Me Higher (1995)

Blue (2006)

17 comments:

Adem With An E said...

Yeah, all very amazing covers, I particularly LOVE the shot used for the Diana Remixed cover.

Dame James Henry said...

Diva! Only Diana Ross could name two albums "Ross," another one "Diana" and two more "Diana Ross". I love the "Lady Sings the Blues" one the best but all of those 80's ones just exemplify what was so amazing about that decade.

the hidden yellow pole said...

scarey but the Swept Away (1984) cover looks oddly current and not as dated as the others ...

Glenn said...

Adem, I read your bit about Beyonce in Forte and she can only wish she ends up as diva-tastic as Diana does on that Diana Remixed cover.

James, agreed.

Yellow Pole, don't make me giggle.

Adem With An E said...

Doesn't she just Glenn? Sunlounge's sister frustrates me and I have nil interest in her new material on its way. She's served her purpose and she can go away now please.

Ron Rossmore said...

Adem...

What can I say? I have them all as well (the albums), and I was waiting (as I scrolled down) for you to miss one, or not have them from start to finish. Was I wrong. One of my favorite albums is the first, "Ross" issued on Motown in 1978, but my favorite cover is the "The Boss" cover. I remember that brand new at Music + on display. She beat out Aretha, I'll tell you that!

I love her as well, but refrain from calling her 'Diva.' She may well have established the current criteria required for the title, but she is just being herself, Diana.

Thanks!

PS...you did miss one: Her current cover of "I Love You."

Anonymous said...

I had all of those albums..thanks..but there's so many more missing like One Woman,I LOve You, Forever Diana ,The Recent One The Complete Collection, Dutes of Diana rOss, When You Dream,The Voice Of Love,Ultimate Diana..

Glenn Dunks said...

They're not "missing", I just didn't include them. These are only my favourites.

DJ said...

Great posting - love the graphic design of your chosen albums.

I'm not a fan of a lot of the graphics on the re-issued Ross CDs - they chose terrible additional photos or just have badly chosen fonts etc.

One of my favourites is the Surrender album - great songs and an iconic cover image...peacock blue eye shadow pppheh!

Just started collecting these albums on vinyl and found a great find - the UK pressing of Force Behind the Power - gatefold sleeve and very cool graphics.

Ann Jay said...

I'm desperately looking for a Diana Ross Vinyl album, I listened to in 1978, but it's possible that the album was brought out earlier than '78. The cover had a magical quality, where Diana strew stars from her hand. I can unfortunately not remember the album's name.

Can anybody help, please?

Rick said...

Regarding the first Album photo on the list-Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Is that actually her body or is it a photo-croped image- it almost looks lke she is going for some symbolism of the Third World there- being dressed up like a poor kid? Whats the theme? Isn't she holding a rock in her hand?

moonrivers said...

The idea behind the first album cover is: She is setting out on her own and her new career as a solo artist is in it's early stages, so she is pictured as a child, a tomboy at that, and Diana Ross has said she was a tomboy when she was a child. She is holding a piece of fruit. The photography was done by the late Harry Langdon, a famous American Photographer.
*Also, I'm surprised you left out the "Touch Me in the Morning" album cover. It is one of my favorites. The first "Greatest Hits" album cover from 1976 is another great cover.

Marc said...

Ann Jay, could it have been the sleeve of Diana Ross Live at Ceasar's Palace? (1974).

www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1325698

The sleeve opens up at the front and a number of picture can be pulled out. Look at this link to see what I mean: www.google.nl/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cepelia-sklep.pl/Vinylowy_raj/zdjecia_3/dianaross_live_tyl.jpg&imgrefurl=http://xarchiwum.pl/diana-ross-caesars-palace-lp-usa-rozkladana-i1562356457.html&usg=__G_sQmTqnm2wnX7Tn5izy10SqRos=&h=480&w=640&sz=57&hl=nl&start=218&zoom=1&tbnid=-EsGiO1TOV0rzM:&tbnh=161&tbnw=221&ei=j5vsTfqiIsyfOrzp2aEB&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddiana%2Bross%2Blive%2Bat%2Bceasar's%2Bpalace%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dnl%26sa%3DG%26biw%3D1000%26bih%3D874%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=47&page=14&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:218&tx=125&ty=63

Marc said...

Rick,

That is Diana with an apple in her hand. The picture was made in 1969 by Jim Hendon. His idea was to shoot her as natural as possible, in contrast to all the high fashion shots. If you look at the flipside of the original album, you know what I mean.

Glenn Dunks said...

Ann Jay, I know the one you mean, but I think it's a Donna Summer cover.

glenn said...

what an iconic woman she is.. she seems to have touch everyone at sometime in their lives

Patricia said...

Now if she didnt bleach her skin, and straighten her nose and hair - she would be a REAL black women to be proud of. (She has the Jackson family illness - they all also USED to be black)! Thank heavens for Aretha Franklin, successful and still black and proud.