The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips [Sony Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of Columbia/Legacy's 2001 release The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips is patently untrue. If this was called "The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips: 1980-1985" it would be truth in advertising, since the first 12 tracks chronicle her and the Pips' minor R&B hits from that time period. Of these songs, only two -- "Landlord" and "Save the Overtime For Me" -- made the pop charts, and while that isn't necessary a sign that they're not great, it does show that a pop-oriented soul group couldn't make the pop charts with these recordings. There is some good material here, since they worked with Ashford & Simpson and Leon Sylvers during this ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of Columbia/Legacy's 2001 release The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips is patently untrue. If this was called "The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips: 1980-1985" it would be truth in advertising, since the first 12 tracks chronicle her and the Pips' minor R&B hits from that time period. Of these songs, only two -- "Landlord" and "Save the Overtime For Me" -- made the pop charts, and while that isn't necessary a sign that they're not great, it does show that a pop-oriented soul group couldn't make the pop charts with these recordings. There is some good material here, since they worked with Ashford & Simpson and Leon Sylvers during this time plus there's the original version of "Wind Beneath My Wings," originally called "Hero", and this summarizes this era very well even if the live Motown medley and live versions of "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" feel like tacky tacked-on bonus tracks. Just don't think that this is the best the group did.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998569522
  • Catalog Number: 85695

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gladys Knight & the Pips Primary Artist, Track Performer
Gladys Knight Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Background Vocals
Leon F. Sylvers III Bass, Conga
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Kevin Spencer Synthesizer
Spencer Bean Guitar
Vincent Brantley Drums
Kenny Brown Bass
Francisco Centeno Bass
Ray Chew fender rhodes
John Cooper Clarke French Horn
Jervonny Collier Bass
Donald Corrado French Horn
Eddie Daniels Alto Saxophone
Eric Gale Guitar
Joey Gallo Keyboards
Monte Moir Keyboards
Thomas Organ Guitar
Chris Parker Drums
Wardell Potts Jr. Drums
Ernest "Pepper" Reed Guitar
Steve Schaffer Bass
Valerie Simpson Piano
James Stroud Drums
Philip Woo Synthesizer, fender rhodes
William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
William Guest Vocals, Background Vocals
John McClain Guitar
Ron Oats Keyboards
David Knight Percussion, Conga
James Harris Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Merald "Bubba" Knight Vocals, Background Vocals
Isaias Gamboa Keyboards
Kevin Walker Synthesizer, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Jimmy Simpson Percussion, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Kenny Moore Keyboards
Dana Marshall Synthesizer, Keyboards
Gail Deadrick fender rhodes
Rickey Smith Keyboards
Richard Carion Guitar
Al Thompson Drums
Technical Credits
Stewart Copeland Composer
Gladys Knight Arranger, Original Album Producer
Sting Composer
Leon F. Sylvers III Arranger, Original Album Producer
Rob Mounsey Arranger
Nick Ashford Arranger, Composer
Patrick Burnette Engineer
Ray Chew Arranger
Sam Dees Composer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Bob Hughes Engineer
Terry Lewis Arranger
John Luongo Remixing
Horace Ott Arranger
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Tom Perry Engineer
Wilmer Raglin Arranger, Original Album Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Valerie Simpson Arranger, Composer
Edmund Sylvers Arranger, Original Album Producer
Jim Weatherly Composer
William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman Arranger, Original Album Producer
William Guest Arranger
Ron Oats Arranger
James Harris Arranger
Merald "Bubba" Knight drum programming, Original Album Producer
Gladys Knight & the Pips Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Victor Hall Director
Kevin Walker Arranger, drum programming
Carol Cooper Liner Notes
Dana Marshall Arranger
Kirk Ferraioli Engineer
Norman Whitfield Jr. Engineer
Rickey Smith Composer, Original Album Producer
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
Gary Boatner Engineer
Les D. Cooper Engineer
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