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Diana Ross / Michael Jackson – Ease On Down The Road (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 9th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1978

DISCO FRIDAY!

“Ease on Down the Road” is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, performed in the original production by Stephanie Mills and Hinton Battle. It was also released in 1978 as a duet between Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

The 1978 duet was released as the theme song of the film adaptation of The Wiz (itself an adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), and produced by Quincy Jones. The Charlie Smalls–composed tune was an R&B re-interpretation of both “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” from the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz. In the song, Dorothy (portrayed in the film by Ross) and the Scarecrow (played by Jackson) dance their way down the Yellow Brick Road and give each other words of encouragement.

“Ease on Down the Road” is performed four times in The Wiz film: once by Dorothy and the Scarecrow, once by the two of them and the Tin Man (played in the movie by Nipsey Russell), by the three of them and the Cowardly Lion (played by Ted Ross), and finally during the end credits. In the album version, Jackson and Ross sing by themselves. The recording was one of Jackson’s first collaborations with Quincy Jones, who became his main producer during the late 1970s and 1980s.

In 1980, Jackson was a guest on Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary and, along with Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, The Seven Dwarves, Donald Duck, Pinocchio, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, The Three Little Pigs and Goofy), performed the song in a medley with the Disney signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

It also earned Jackson his first Grammy Award nomination with Ross (previous two with his family group, The Jacksons) in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1979.

Released as a single by MCA Records in late summer 1978, the song missed the U.S. Top 40 by one position, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #17 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart the same year.

SIDE A:
Ease On Down The Road (Full Length US Version) 6:05
Written-By – Charlie Smalls

SIDE B:
Poppy Girls 3:26
Written-By – Anthony JacksonQuincy Jones

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1978 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #41
1978 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles #17

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: MCA Records – 12 MCA 396
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Producer – Quincy JonesTom Bahler

NOTES:
Full length US version from the soundtrack album and the film “The Wiz” over 6 minutes long.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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26 Responses to “Diana Ross / Michael Jackson – Ease On Down The Road (UK 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Last week I thought about this one. What a perfect addition to the Disco Friday series. Great to have a quality rip of this long version. Thanks Paul.

    Have yourself a nice weekend.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  2. Drake Says:

    Thanks! The full version is very hard to find!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy! Drake 🙂

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  3. AntBee Says:

    Thanks Paul, Love this song, and The Wiz!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Antbee!

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  4. Nurple Says:

    Download will not finish….keeps timing out…ty anyway

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    Nurple Reply:

    Nevermind, 12th try was a charm….thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    No problem Nurple sometimes everyone hits the site at once and causes delays. Glad you kept trying 🙂

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  5. Todd Says:

    Awesome! Thank you Paul! I’ve always wanted to hear this version … Despite what it says on the sleeve, this version doesn’t appear on The Wiz soundtrack album (at least none of the versions I know about). I think it’s unique to the 12″ singles… Is that right?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think you are correct Todd 🙂

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  6. Spring Says:

    Hi Paul! I remember that you did the post with this single in the past. But I think that now you did another rip with a new equipment. Am I right with my assumptions? I so love Diana Ross! I will be so happy to see some more things from her if you have them in your great collection. As for this song from ~Wiz~ I think that it’s a magic song and Motown tunes made it very impressive and strong. Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow Spring you have been following me a long time. Yes I did rip this long ago when I was on Blogger. Your assumption is correct this is a new and improved rip. Enjoy 🙂

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  7. george e. Says:

    Another TRUE rarity and very hard-to-find record! Thank you for the new rip, Paul! Disco Friday (now famous) gains more and more respect with gems like this. Have a great weekend!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Giorgio. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  8. Love Says:

    Oh yes! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Love 🙂

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  9. vuoksenniska Says:

    Thank you for this great long version!
    Got “The Wiz” on DVD, and really like the movie.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Vuoksenniska 🙂

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  10. Marc Says:

    thanks for this one paul!
    is there any chance to post the french 12″ promo that featured a unique 5:30 version?

    hugs Marc

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Marc. sorry don’t have that one at this time.

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    Marc Reply:

    ok 🙂 thanks anyway 🙂

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  11. Princerave777 Says:

    I’ve been having problems getting this file since the 10th, it keeps timing out. I’m also, having the same problem on djrichiep’s site… he thinks that it could be from GoDaddy moving you & him to another server… is anyone else still have a problem downloading?

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  12. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have this one.

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  13. Joe Says:

    Thanks again! I am so psyched for Swept Away and it sounds great!!! If only it had the extremely rare Fight For it on the b-side (like on the 7″). That was supposed to be on the cd but they pulled it to put All of Me on the album! 😉

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  14. b Says:

    the version by the group weather rapport was far better. Howard wheeler arranged the 1975 disco single, plus the original Broadway musical. Not to say the movie version is bad, it was more about Diana Ross than anything else.

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