The Boss (Diana Ross album)


The Boss (Diana Ross album)
The Boss
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released May 23, 1979/May 18, 1999 (Remastered)
Recorded 1979
Genre R&B/disco/soul/funk
Length 35:33/49:37 (Remastered)
Label Motown
Producer Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
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Diana Ross chronology
The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1978)
The Boss
(1979)
20 Golden Greats
(1979)
Singles from The Boss
  1. "The Boss / I'm in the World"
    Released: May 22, 1979
  2. "It's My House / Sparkle"
    Released: October 12, 1979

The Boss is a 1979 album released by Diana Ross on the Motown label. This album was written and produced by longtime Ross collaborators Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and marked her return to Top 40 radio based on the strength of the title track, which peaked #19 on the pop singles chart, and #12 on the US R&B Chart. The following singles "No One Gets the Prize" and "It's My House" became club and R&B hits respectively. "The Boss" single sold over 500,000 copies in the USA. The album was subsequently certified platinum by the RIAA and ultimately sold about 1.2 million copies.

The album was remastered and released on CD in 1999 with 12" versions of "The Boss" and "It's My House" as extra tracks.

Track listing

All songs were written and produced by Ashford & Simpson

Side A:

  1. "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:40
  2. "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:09
  3. "All for One" – 4:20
  4. "The Boss" – 4:01

Side B:

  1. "Once in the Morning" – 4:54
  2. "It's My House" – 4:34
  3. "Sparkle" – 5:23
  4. "I'm in the World" – 4:04

Remastered Edition (1999)

  1. "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:39
  2. "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:04
  3. "All for One" – 4:16
  4. "The Boss" – 3:57
  5. "Once in the Morning" – 4:49
  6. "It's My House" – 4:30
  7. "Sparkle" – 5:19
  8. "I'm in the World" – 3:59
  9. "The Boss" (Original 12" Remix) (Bonus Track) – 7:15
  10. "It's My House" (Original Promotion-only 12" Remix) (Bonus Track) – 6:07

Personnel

  • Diana Ross - vocals
  • Michael Brecker - saxophone
  • Rob Mounsey - horn & string arrangements
  • Errol Bennett - percussion
  • Francisco Centeno - bass
  • Ray Chew - keyboards
  • Sammy Figueroa - percussion
  • Eric Gale - guitar
  • Anthony Jackson - bass
  • Paul Riser - horn & string arranger
  • Valerie Simpson - piano
  • John Sussewell - drums
  • Greg Arnold - re-mix engineer, Marathon Recording NYC
Preceded by
"Here Comes That Sound Again" by Love De-Luxe
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (all cuts)
August 25, 1979 - September 1, 1979
Succeeded by
"Found a Cure" / "Stay Free" / "Nobody Knows" by Ashford & Simpson

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