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Eaten Alive - Diana Ross (1985)
Audio CD
Track Listing

1. Eaten Alive
2. Oh Teacher
3. Experience
4. Chain Reaction
5. More and More
6. I'm Watching You
7. Love On The Line
8. (I Love) Being In Love With You
9. Crime of Passion
10. Don't Give Up On Each Other
11. Eaten Alive (Extended Remix)

by Nicholas James

This was the last album produced by the team of Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten, which had resurrected the careers of several major recording artists, not only bringing them back to the charts, but giving each of them one of the best selling albums of their careers. Diana Ross was the latest artist to benefit from their talents; she succeeded in not only having a hit album, but her first number one single in many years.

As with Guilty, Heartbreaker and Eyes That See In The Dark, all the songs were written by Barry Gibb, with help from Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Albhy Galuten. However, this time Andy Gibb also co-wrote two tracks ('Experience' and 'More and More') and Michael Jackson co-wrote the title track.

The Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Michael Jackson composed title track is without a doubt the best song on the album, and should have been a major hit. This was a match made in heaven; three of the world's most iconic recording artists working together on one record. This is a high energy dance track with potent chorus and with distinctive backing vocals from Barry Gibb and Michael Jackson. But Diana Ross would have to wait for the release of the next single, 'Chain Reaction', a song harking back to her days with the Supremes, with a thudding back-beat and an unbelievably catchy chorus. This stormed to the top of the UK charts, to become one of Diana Ross's biggest hits.

'Experience', written by all four Gibb brothers, is an exquisite ballad in the Bee Gees style, with the full falsetto Bee Gees sound for the chorus. In fact, unlike his first three productions, Barry Gibb here creates the closest thing to a Bee Gees album than he has done for many years, with several of the songs having a very distinctive Bee Gees sound ('Love On The Line', '(I Love) Being In Love With You' and 'Don't Give Up On Each Other' being examples).

Despite the frantic, but thoroughly outstanding, title track, this is probably the weakest of the four albums that Barry Gibb produced for other artists in this period, but it is still an excellent album and well worth buying.

Why Buy Eaten Alive?

For the title track, for the fact that it is entirely written and produced by the Bee Gees and because it is rather good.