Anthology Series: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips

Anthology Series: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips

by Gladys Knight & the Pips


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Anthology Series: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips

Atlanta family-group Gladys Knight & the Pips had performed together for 14 years before signing with Motown in 1966. Earlier recordings for Huntom (the master recordings were later sold to Vee-Jay), Fury, and Maxx had generated five chart hits, including the Top Ten R&B smashes "Every Beat of My Heart" and "Letter Full of Tears," but it was on the Motown subsidiary Soul that Gladys Knight and company hit their stride. This compilation more than adequately covers this period of the Pips' career. Working primarily with producer Norman Whitfield from 1967 through 1969, the group created such Motor City classics as "Everybody Needs Love," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "The End of Our Road," and "Friendship Train." From 1970 through 1973 the Pips worked with a variety of Motown producers, concentrating on ballads. Although they were perhaps a little less consistent, there was no shortage of hits, the most notable being 1970's "If I Were Your Woman" and 1973's "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)." The updated double-CD version of Anthology, featuring digitally remastered sound, replaces about a dozen songs with different ones, though this 40-track collection still contains all of the essential hits and adds lengthy liner notes. Be aware that the three early-'60s hits that lead off the volume (on both versions of Anthology) are Motown re-recordings, not the originals.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/1995
Label: Motown
UPC: 0731453048324
catalogNumber: 530483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gladys Knight & the Pips   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Gladys Knight   Vocals
Pips   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gladys Knight   Composer
Peter Johnson   Liner Notes
Barrett Strong   Composer
Joe Hinton   Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Nick Ashford   Producer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Candace Bond   Executive Producer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Hal Davis   Producer
Dino Fekaris   Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Amy Herot   Executive Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
Jerry Long   Orchestra Director
Clay McMurray   Producer
Joe Porter   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Producer
John Strother   Pre-production Engineer
Bobby Taylor   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Nick Zesses   Producer,Contributor
William Guest   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
Paul Grein   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Merald "Bubba" Knight   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Catherine Schaffner   Composer
John Silva   Recompilation,Revision
Robert White   Arranger
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Ian Campbell   Art Direction
Diana Reid Haig   Recompilation,Revision

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