"Last Time I Saw Him," a classic Diana Ross album overlooked in the digital era, finally makes its CD debut. Recorded and released in 1973, "Last Time I Saw Him," with a title track written by Michael Masser and Pam Sawyer, was the follow-up to Diana's No. 1 "Touch Me In The Morning." Masser, the Four Seasons' Bob Gaudio and Motown's own Ron Miller and Tom Baird contributed to the LP; one of Baird's tracks, "Turn Around," written by Harry Belafonte, was a holdover from a previously unreleased album.

"Last Time I Saw Him," the title track, shot straight up to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart while making a respectable splash in the Pop & R&B top 20. However, the album and its subsequent single releases failed to make its expected impact. With Diana working on her second film, Mahogany, and with additional projects taking precedent, the album faded away.

This is the original album remastered, the ultra-rare Japanese Quadraphonic release, TEN previously unreleased bonus tracks from the sessions, and the unedited version of the title song. It's all packaged with a beautiful booklet that features detailed recording data and a new essay by Motown chronicler Andrew Skurow.

The 10 unreleased cuts include original songs, and stellar covers of the classic Skyliners' hit "Since I Don't Have You," the Carpenter's "Let Me Be The One," the Motown underground favorite "I Want To Go Back There Again," and an early version of Diana's own "Where Did We Go Wrong."   $39.99+s&h


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