The Wiz (Original Soundtrack) (1978)

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

“There’s nothing here but the fear of will I try?  And can I stare it in the eye?”

As of 1978, Diana Ross’s film career had been brief but hugely successful, and had led her to new heights as a recording artist, as well.  Her first film, Lady Sings The Blues, netted her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress and had produced a #1 soundtrack album, and her second motion picture, Mahogany, was popular with audiences and featured an Oscar-nominated, #1 hit love theme.  Depite being her biggest budget and highest profile movie project to date, 1978’s The Wiz failed to duplicate her earlier successes on both the silver screen and on radio; critics just couldn’t accept Diana Ross as the “Dorothy” character in this urban take on The Wizard Of Oz, and the movie ended up losing money.  The soundtrack, meanwhile, was only a minor success; though it…

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