Midnight Train to Georgia: The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the folks at Music Club do a relatively fine job in terms of their presentation and sound on their budget-priced compilations, they can sometimes be a bit boastful to the consumer who trusts record companies to simply offer what they say they do on the cover. This is a case in point here. First off, there isn't really a weak spot on either of these two discs; Gladys Knight can sing the street signs on the highway and it will still be drenched in soul, elegance, and emotional truth. Period. All of the music here is solid, beautifully performed. That said, there are so many things missing the truth needs to be told: these are Gladys Knight's finest moments after leaving ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the folks at Music Club do a relatively fine job in terms of their presentation and sound on their budget-priced compilations, they can sometimes be a bit boastful to the consumer who trusts record companies to simply offer what they say they do on the cover. This is a case in point here. First off, there isn't really a weak spot on either of these two discs; Gladys Knight can sing the street signs on the highway and it will still be drenched in soul, elegance, and emotional truth. Period. All of the music here is solid, beautifully performed. That said, there are so many things missing the truth needs to be told: these are Gladys Knight's finest moments after leaving Motown for Buddha in 1973. None of the Motown recordings are here. This set starts with 1973's Imagination album with the hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" -- meaning that the heavy-duty "Neither One of Us" from her final Motown recording of the same name is not here; neither is her stellar version of Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine" or nearly a dozen other Motown singles. OK, that's taken care of, but let's get to what is here: the music included is incredible proof that Knight was able -- unlike so many of her peers -- to sit right in the heart of the disco era and remain thoroughly herself. Check her reading of Nick Ashford's and Valerie Simpson's "I Will Fight" and "Taste of Bitter Love," or Larry Henley's "Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)," or the hard funky soul of Eugene McDaniel's "Money," Curtis Mayfield's "Make Yours a Happy Song," or the last thing here, Bunny Sigler's stirring ballad "Till I See You Again." Every bit of it is killer, so deeply moving it's a wonder that she's not on the charts in the 21st century. This is worth the modest price tag for its sheer quality in presentation and sound. You can always snag a single-disc Motown compilation and complete the singles collection. If you are at all taken with Gladys Knight, this is a stellar purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • EAN: 5014797670617
  • Catalog Number: 61
  • Sales rank: 38,563

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gladys Knight & the Pips Primary Artist
Gladys Knight Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Gladys Knight Composer
Patrick Williams Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Bruce Roberts Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Larry Henley Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Tony Camillo Composer
Joe Cobb Composer
Sam Dees Composer
Joey Gallo Composer
Bubba Knight Composer
Michael Masser Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Jim Weatherly Composer
Tony Macaulay Composer
Mary Sawyer Composer
Jimmy Haskell Composer
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