Maybe you already knew this, I didn't, Diana Ross has an album being re-released. It's an album I had on CD years ago and, when I started adding to my existing vinyl collection a few years back (after not buying vinyl in the 90s, 00s and most of the 10s), I thought about getting it but it was just too expensive.
The album is SURRENDER. It's a limited edition. From AMAZON:
Surrender - Limited
180 grams, Import
I've already ordered my copy.
If you were buying it used, you were lucky, a year ago, to get it for less than $60. And sometimes you'd get ready to buy it for, say, $55 and just as you were about to click buy now, you might, like I did, notice it wasn't the album, they were trying to pass the 45 single of "Surrender" off as the full album.
SURRENDER is Diana's third solo album. The album's two singles were both hits. "Reach Out I'll Be There" made it to number 29 on the top forty pop charts, to number 17 on the R&B chart and to number 16 on the adult contemporary chart while the title track ("Surrender") made it to 38 on the top forty, number 16 on the R&B chart and number 10 on the United Kingdom's top forty pop.
This is one of three albums that Diana did with Ashford & Simpson (Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson) producing. They produced her first solo album (DIANA ROSS -- produced it with Johnny Bristol), this one and then THE BOSS.
"Reach Out I'll Be There" was a hit for The Four Tops in the sixties and was written by the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland team. The other ten tracks were written by Ashford & Simpson (Brian Holland joined with them to write "I Can't Give You Back The Love I Feel," Richard Monica joined Nick and Valerie to write "Did You Read The Morning Paper?" and Josephine Armstead teamed with the duo to write "I'll Settle For You").
Ashford & Simpson produced, performed and wrote. Past tense because Nick passed away. Their hits -- for themselves and others -- included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," "Your Precious Love," "Landlord," "The Boss," "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," "Surrender," "Clouds," "I'm Every Woman," "Solid," "I'll Be There For You," "Count Your Blessings," "Is It Still Good To Ya," "High-Rise," "California Soul," "Something's You Never Get Used To," "You're All I Need To Get By," "Remember Me," "Send It," "Don't Cost You Nothing," "It Seems To Hang On," "Found A Cure," "It's My House," "Clouds," "Love Don't Make It Right," "It's My House," "Keep Away, Girls," "Street Corner," "Love It Away," "Babies," "Outta The World," "Hungry For Me Again" . . .
SURRENDER reached number ten on BILLBOARD's R&B Album chart and was a gold album. And this was back when Diana was releasing a lot of albums.
1970: DIANA ROSS (her first solo album), EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING and, with the Supremes, FAREWELL (their live album recorded at their final shows in Las Vegas -- final shows with Diana -- back in January of 1970), and Diana Ross & the Supremes' GREATEST HITS VOL. 2
1971: SURRENDER, DIANA! (soundtrack to her TV special)
1972: LADY SINGS THE BLUES (soundtrack to the film where she played Billie Holiday -- and garnered Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards, BAFTA and The Golden Globes), GREATEST HITS (her first solo hits collection)
1973: TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING, DIANA & MARVIN (her duet album with Marvin Gaye), LAST TIME I SAW HIM
So that's 9 albums released from 1970 through 1973.
Again, I just found out about this album an hour or so ago and I've already ordered my copy because it is a limited edition. It's pre-order right now, album due out next Friday (January 27th -- same days as Carly Simon's live album, by the way).
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Friday, January 20, 2023. Celebrations in Iraq and around the world as The Arabian Gulf Cup concludes with the Lions of Mesopotamia claiming victory.
Yesterday, the Arabian Gulf Cup wrapped up after Iraq went up against Oman.
The 25th Gulf Cup tournament’s best player title went to rising Iraqi football star Ibrahim Bayesh Al-Kaabi. In the championship game, Bayesh scored an important goal for Iraq in the 24th minute, giving them the lead going into halftime.
Bayesh, who was just 16 years old when he signed with the Zakho club, was born on May 1st, 2000 in Baghdad, Iraq. In his one season of play at Zakho club, he scored two goals. He relocated to Naft Al-Wasat during the 2017 season, then in 2018 he left to join the Air Force from Al-Zawra.
With a total of three goals scored, Iraqi forward Aymen Hussein was named the tournament’s top scorer. Against Yemen, the football star scored twice, and against Qatar, he scored once. Currently, Hussein is a striker with Al-Markhiya in the Qatar Stars League.
Iraqi midfielder Amjad Atwan was awarded Player of the Match for the Gulf Cup final. The Iraqi footballer was crucial throughout the game and scored Iraq’s second goal during the match’s overtime in the 116th minute. Atwan may be used as a defensive midfielder or central midfielder, presently plays at Al-Shamal in the Qatar Stars League.
THE KALEEJ TIMES notes, "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, congratulated Iraq on winning the Gulf Cup. The leader said in a tweet: "The joy of Iraq today, after long patience and waiting, and the peoples and hearts rejoiced with it.. Today we are all Iraqis in joy.. We are all Iraqis today in victory." And fans from outside Iraq were ecstatic as well. THE MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS reports:
There was traffic chaos in south Manchester on Thursday night (January 19) as crowds stormed Wilmslow Road. Supporters waved the flag of Iraq in the air in a seeming celebration to the country's national football team being crowned Gulf Cup champions after defeating Oman.
Buses and cars became gridlocked along the packed-out curry mile, in Rusholme, from around 7pm. Video footage showed large numbers of people gathering and filming on their mobile phones.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police were also on the scene to help manage the crowds, as cars honked their horns and crowds cheered in what appeared to be elation at the victory.
And in Michigan . . .
+ More than 70 inmates in Texas are on a hunger strike, protesting solitary confinement in the state’s prison system, which has locked more than 500 people in isolation cells for longer than a decade.
+ New York City taxpayers are on pace to pay $820 million in just overtime for NYPD this year, which is enough to house all 14,000 homeless families in NYC and pay several years of rent for 7,000 families out of work and facing eviction.
+ Our friend Arun Gupta has written a detailed piece exposing the cozy relationship between the Proud Boys and the Portland (Oregon) Police: “Since 2017, police have allowed the Pacific Northwest city to serve as a proving ground for fascists like the Proud Boys. They received legal impunity and even police support with few attempts to stop it. The far-right used political violence to network with white nationalists, militias, and other extremists, raise their image nationally, gain recruits, and build capacity.”
+ Cops in Louisiana coerced a woman into working as an informant after her drug arrest. Then failed to protect her, as she was raped twice while undercover. “She was an addict and we just used her as an informant like we’ve done a million times before,” said retired Lt. Mark Parker, who oversaw the operation. “We’ve always done it this way. Looking back, it’s easy to say, ‘What if?’”
+ As California moves to dismantle its death row, Louisiana is using to the former death row block at the infamous Angola prison to incarcerate juveniles. One of the imprisoned kids said: “It is very depressing to be here knowing this is the former death row. When the lights go out at night, I think I see shadows going past.”
+ The city of Pittsburgh passed an ordinance banning officers from stopping drivers for certain minor offenses. The Pittsburgh Police chief has decided to ignore the ordinance, claiming that the rules deflated “officer morale.”
+ After learning that she’d repeatedly been denied jobs because background checks showed she had a criminal record (she didn’t), Julie Hudson, a black 31-year-old Ph. D. student, visited a Philadelphia police station to try and clear things up. She was promptly arrested and taken into custody after being mistaken for a suspect with the same name.
Wrongful imprisonment goes on around the world -- and despite huge outcries. There is a global movement to free Julian Assange from wrongful imprisonment.
Julian remains imprisoned and remains persecuted by US President Joe Biden who, as vice president, once called him "a high tech terrorist." Julian's 'crime' was revealing the realities of Iraq -- Chelsea Manning was a whistle-blower who leaked the information to Julian. WIKILEAKS then published the Iraq War Logs. And many outlets used the publication to publish reports of their own. For example, THE GUARDIAN published many articles based on The Iraq War Logs. Jonathan Steele, David Leigh and Nick Davies offered, on October 22, 2012:
A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.
Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.
The new logs detail how:
• US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.
• A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.
• More than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.
The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent deat
The Biden administration has been saying all the right things lately about respecting a free and vigorous press, after four years of relentless media-bashing and legal assaults under Donald Trump.
The attorney general, Merrick Garland, has even put in place expanded protections for journalists this fall, saying that “a free and independent press is vital to the functioning of our democracy”.
But the biggest test of Biden’s commitment remains imprisoned in a jail cell in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been held since 2019 while facing prosecution in the United States under the Espionage Act, a century-old statute that has never been used before for publishing classified information.
Whether the US justice department continues to pursue the Trump-era charges against the notorious leaker, whose group put out secret information on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, American diplomacy and internal Democratic politics before the 2016 election, will go a long way toward determining whether the current administration intends to make good on its pledges to protect the press.
Now Biden is facing a re-energized push, both inside the United States and overseas, to drop Assange’s protracted prosecution.
Today, DEMOCRACY NOW! has a special broadcast:
On Jan. 20, Democracy Now! will live-stream the Belmarsh Tribunal from Washington, D.C. The event will feature expert testimony from journalists, whistleblowers, lawyers, publishers and parliamentarians on assaults to press freedom and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Watch here live at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 20.
Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Srecko Horvat, the co-founder of DiEM25, will chair the tribunal, which is being organized by Progressive International and the Wau Holland Foundation.
Members of the tribunal include:
Stella Assange, partner of Julian Assange and member of his defense team
Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower
Noam Chomsky, linguist and activist
Jeremy Corbyn, member of U.K. Parliament and founder of the Peace and Justice Project
Chip Gibbons, policy director of Defending Rights & Dissent
Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof
Margaret Kunstler, civil rights attorney
Stefania Maurizi, investigative journalist, Il Fatto Quotidiano
Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights attorney
Ben Wizner, lead attorney at ACLU of Edward Snowden
Renata Ávila, human rights lawyer, technology and society expert
Jeffrey Sterling, lawyer and former CIA employee
Steven Donziger, human rights attorney
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief, WikiLeaks
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher, The Nation
Selay Ghaffar, spokesperson, Solidarity Party of Afghanistan
Betty Medsger, investigative reporter
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