THE MOTOWN ANTHOLOGY is a generous two-disc roundup of Diana Ross's solo years at Motown, i.e. in the '70s and '90s (the diva spent most of the '80s toiling elsewhere--see GREATEST HITS: THE RCA YEARS). The set's compilers have struck a nice balance between the obvious hits--Ross's initial post-Supremes work including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," pure pop radio fodder like the "Theme From Mahogany," and disco tracks like "Love Hangover" and the Chic- produced "I'm Coming Out." Along with less-familiar material including several previously unreleased tracks, this makes an interesting package for casual and hardcore Ross fans alike. Most fascinating discovery: An unreleased version of Laura Nyro's "Time and Love," done with Fifth Dimension producer Bones Howe in 5D's style; an obvious hit, it was scuttled by Motown honcho Berry Gordy for reasons known only to him.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Personnel includes: Diana Ross, Lionel Richie (vocals).
Producers include: Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, Michael Masser.