In The Basement, February - April 08
From joining Buddah Records in 1973 to leaving Columbia in 1985, Gladys Knight & The Pips enjoyed 32 US hits (including 2 by Gladys solo) and 14 UK hits – not always with the same song. On this 36-tracker, you can enjoy them all – and in chronological order! Savour therefore some of Jim Weatherly’s finest ballad compositions: ‘Where Peaceful Waters Flow’, ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, ‘Best Thing That Happened To Me’… alongside such spirited Ashford & Simpson offerings like ‘Landlord’, ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Curtis Mayfield gave the group the funky ‘On And On’, Van McCoy several selections including the infectious ‘Baby Don’t Change Your Mind’, while Gladys, brother ‘Bubba’ and Sam Dees wrote their own ‘My Time’, a hefty nod to the dance-floors of the day. Versatility and longevity go together here.
Soul Up North, Spring 2008
This double CD comprises of 36 tracks in total. All the sides are after their departure from the Motown label and onto their time at Buddah Records. Sure Gladys cut some great sides at Berry Gordon’s Hitsville Studios, but it was at Buddah that Gladys achieved the success she and the Pips surely deserved. There are not many people who would argue that Gladys isn’t one of the best female soul singers around, this compilation enforces that opinion. All the hits are here of course, along with ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, there’s ‘The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me’ (one of the best lyrics ever written and sung with such emotion that it sends the hairs up on the back of my neck). I could go on and rattle off all her hits but I shouldn’t need to! So go out and buy this… if not for yourself get it for someone you love… David Cole of ‘In The Basement’ writes a few words on the eight page fold out insert, and also there are a couple of nice photos of Gladys and one of the group. Not rare – but rarely beaten…