At Last

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For her first mainstream R&B album since 1994's Just for You, soul legend Gladys Knight teams up with a host of contemporary producers, including Babyface and Shep Crawford -- a career move that places the soulful songbird on a level playing field with younger divas such as Toni Braxton and Deborah Cox. Knight plunges heart first into a collection of ballads that address the ever-changing seasons of love, from the search for Mr. Right on "I Wanna Be Loved," a duet with comedian-cum-singer Jamie Foxx, to the end of an affair on the pleading, piano-driven "Please Help Me I'm Falling In Love with You." Because the disc's music sticks to adult contemporary-friendly midtempo grooves, Knight's luscious alto has the ...
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For her first mainstream R&B album since 1994's Just for You, soul legend Gladys Knight teams up with a host of contemporary producers, including Babyface and Shep Crawford -- a career move that places the soulful songbird on a level playing field with younger divas such as Toni Braxton and Deborah Cox. Knight plunges heart first into a collection of ballads that address the ever-changing seasons of love, from the search for Mr. Right on "I Wanna Be Loved," a duet with comedian-cum-singer Jamie Foxx, to the end of an affair on the pleading, piano-driven "Please Help Me I'm Falling In Love with You." Because the disc's music sticks to adult contemporary-friendly midtempo grooves, Knight's luscious alto has the chance to marinate in rich material such as her hushed, gospel-flavored rendering of Bill Withers's "Grandma's Hands" and the Babyface-produced, harmony-laden ballad "Love Hurts." Most impressive, however, is Knight's reworking of country star Phil Vassar's "Rose Bouquet," which she transforms into a quiet storm jam with call-and-response vocals and a rock-solid groove. As a solo artist, Knight has yet to reach the recording pinnacle she enjoyed during her days with the Pips, but with At Last, she takes a creative step in the right direction. Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
At Last, Gladys Knight's first studio album since 1995, offers a much-welcomed return by the gifted vocalist who easily adapts to contemporary music without compromising her signature sweet tones. The 13 tracks featured on At Last are a blend of mid-tempo R&B fare and ballads. Because Knight seamlessly incorporates a 2001 music sensibility to this recording, At Last can comfortably sit alongside works by Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton, Faith Evans, and other younger musical counterparts. Single releases from this album will be right at home on R&B and urban radio stations. Being out of the studio for six years has had no effect on Knight, as she is in top form. Her voice is rich, soulful, and silky as she grooves on such tracks as "If I Were Your Woman II" and "Greatest Love of All." "Grandma's Hands" takes a more soulful, gospel-like turn, with words reminiscent of Southern ragtime blues. References to fried bacon, Sunday morning, and church imagine a Southern lifestyle deeply rooted in family and religion. "Love Hurts" sees Knight's voice full of emotion as she offers a nurturing and sage perspective on matters of the heart. Actor Jamie Foxx takes a turn on the mic with Knight on "I Wanna Be Loved." It's the album's one mildly uncomfortable moment because Foxx lacks the power and presence to hold his own alongside Knight. His voice just disappears on this duet. At Last marks a refreshing return by Gladys Knight, who doesn't miss a beat.
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  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811239725
  • Catalog Number: 112397

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gladys Knight Primary Artist, Vocals
Jamie Foxx Track Performer
Abe Appleman Strings
Dave Brooks Background Vocals
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Keith Crouch Organ
Max Ellen Strings
Voncielle Faggett Background Vocals
John Fluker Keyboards
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Mark Hammond Synthesizer
James Harrah Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Harris Background Vocals
Jamey Jaz Recorder, Background Vocals
Marabeth Jordan Background Vocals
Regis Landiorio Strings
Jeanne LeBlanc Strings
Richard Locker Strings
Eric McKain Percussion
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Kristle Murden Background Vocals
Gene Orloff Strings
Greg Phillinganes Piano, fender rhodes
Marilyn Reynolds Strings
Alfie Silas Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Bill Whittington Recorder
Keith "Mr.Big D" Wyatt Bass
Ming Yeh Strings
Renee Spearman Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass
Eric Jackson Guitar
Michael Norfleet Keyboards
Belinda Whitney Strings
Josh Sklar Guitar
Bradley Spalter Keyboards
Jon-John Robinson Keyboards
Toni Estes Background Vocals
Adam Kagan Keyboards
Darrell Crawford Background Vocals
Fulfillment Choir Background Vocals
James D.C. Wilson III Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Steve Williams Bass Guitar
Clay Perry Keyboards
Clinta Turner Background Vocals
LaToiya Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Elizabeth Miller Strings
Technical Credits
Gladys Knight Poetry, Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Gary Brown Producer
Keith Thomas Arranger, Producer
Allen Abrahamson Engineer
Chris Carroll Engineer
Gordon Chambers Vocal Arrangements
Tom Dowd Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mark Hammond drum programming
Jamey Jaz Programming, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Emile Charlap Copy
Randy Jackson Producer
Michael Norfleet Programming
Ian Boxill Engineer
Bradley Spalter Programming
Anne Catalino Engineer
Jon-John Robinson Programming, Producer, Engineer
Adam Kagan Programming, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Shep Crawford Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Roger Blanc Copy
James D.C. Wilson III Programming, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Instrumentation
Al Claiborne Poetry, Contributor
Ai Fujisaki Engineer
Elliott Peters Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gladys Knight is in superb form

    What an album! This is truly a culmination of all that is best in the career of this performer. And the cut, ''Just Take Me''...... it is magnificent. Who is this new songwriter Chritian Leuzzi? He is going to be BIG.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gladys Knight ''At Last''!

    After a 3 year wait, Gladys Knight has released a new album of original material. This is a cd full of love songs. Songs of love between a couple, love amongst family, and the love of God. The songs range from slow ballads to mid-tempo jewels. Gladys Knight's voice has withstood the test of time. She still has that effervescent quality, that sparkle in her throat. She can still effortlessly belt out lyrics from her heart. Throughout the first half of the cd, Gladys relies mainly on her lower register, but by about the ninth song Gladys takes it up a notch. She floors you with emotion. Song 4, ''Grandma's Hands'', is really the pearl of this cd. It delineates the love of a tender grandmother. Also, her duet with Jamie Foxx gives and adds depth to their acting together on the ''Jamie Foxx Show.'' Gladys' tribute to her late mother and son entitled ''Something Blue'', is painfully touching. Gladys is more beautiful than ever at 57. She still has all that it takes to be one of my very favorite singers. She has returned ''At Last.''

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