Midnight Train to Georgia: The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips by Gladys Knight & the Pips | 5014797670617 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Midnight Train to Georgia: The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips

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

by Gladys Knight & the Pips
     
 
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;

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Music Club Deluxe
UPC:
5014797670617
catalogNumber:
61
Rank:
47829

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
  2. Midnight Train to Georgia
  3. I've Got to Use My Imagination
  4. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  5. On and On
  6. I Feel a Song (In My Heart)
  7. Love Finds Its Own Way
  8. The Way We Were/Try to Remember
  9. Money
  10. Part Time Love
  11. Make Yours a Happy Song
  12. So Sad the Song
  13. Nobody But You
  14. Baby Don't Change Your Mind
  15. Home Is Where the Heart Is
  16. Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right
  17. The One and Only
  18. Come Back and Finish What You Started
  19. It's a Better Than Good Time

Disc 2

  1. I'm Coming Home Again
  2. Am I Too Late
  3. The Best Thing We Can Do Is Say Goodbye
  4. Landlord
  5. Taste of Bitter Love
  6. Bourgie Bourgie
  7. Forever Yesterday (For the Children)
  8. If That'll Make You Happy
  9. I Will Fight
  10. A Friend of Mine
  11. Save the Overtime (For Me)
  12. You're Number On (In My Book)
  13. Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)
  14. When You're Far Away
  15. My Time
  16. Keep Givin' Me Love
  17. Till I See You Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gladys Knight & the Pips   Primary Artist

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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