Diana Ross – Touch Me In The Morning (1973/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:16 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown
In 1973, Diana Ross was coming off an Oscarr nomination for her searing portrayal of Billie Holiday in the feature film Lady Sings The Blues, a No. 1 album for its soundtrack, and questions about what she might do next. Next was Touch Me In The Morning, a critical and commercial success that featured the No. 1 title track. Now On HI Rez Downloads.
This fourth solo release from Diana Ross became her biggest post-Supremes album to that point and remains among her three most successful records, peaking at number five in the US and number seven in the UK. Sales of the album were propelled by the title track, Ross’s second American number one single.
Arriving after Lady Sings the Blues, Touch Me in the Morning trades easily on Diana Ross’ status as a superstar. Grandiose and slick without being cloying, soft and seductive while retaining soul, the album veers away from R&B toward adult contemporary, a sound fitting a cross-platform, cross-genre star such as Ross, and the telling thing about Touch Me in the Morning is that for as soft as its surfaces are, this isn’t quite a makeout record thanks in part to the trace DNA from its origins as a concept album Diana Ross conceived for her children. This record, fittingly called To the Baby, didn’t appear until Hip-O Select reissued Touch Me in the Morning as an expanded double-disc Expanded Edition in 2010, whereupon it was easy to see just how much the two albums shared: “Brown Baby” shows up as its own track, “My Baby (My Baby My Own),” while “Imagine” is part of the medley with “Save the Children.” Apart from such specifics, the overall tone is indeed similar, particularly in how the music is sentimental without being syrupy, pushing the idea of Diana as a diva who can do it all, but there is a reason why To the Baby was scrapped in favor of Touch Me in the Morning: it lacked a single as sweeping as “Touch Me in the Morning” itself, a signal that it was just slightly too inward-looking to sustain Ross’ monumental success. Sensing that, Berry Gordy once again displayed remarkable commercial instincts, rejiggering the project just enough to turn the LP into something rich, gorgeous, and romantic, something of a slow-dance classic, something that To the Baby, no matter how sincere and interesting it was, couldn’t quite be.
01 – Touch Me In The Morning
02 – All Of My Life
03 – We Need You
04 – Leave A Little Room
05 – I Won’t Last A Day Without You
06 – Little Girl Blue
07 – My Baby (My Baby My Own)
08 – Imagine
09 – Brown Baby/Save The Children