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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Always first class

Gladys hasn't recorded anything that isn't first rate. The highlight of this album for me is Nashville studio keyboard player/arranger Ron Oates work on "Wind Beneath My Wings" Larry Henley's masterpiece song. This album is worth every penny and more. Quality music all the way. No one has taken her place in pop music and that means a huge loss in quality. On the other hand, Oates has been a bright light in Nashville for thirty nine years and still going strong.

Deceptively titled, not really a “Best of"

If you take the time to click on “Ratings and Reviews” you’ll see this title very deceptive. It’s not a best of package in the normal sense. It’s a repackaging of a small section of the groups career with a few live tracks at the end. Avoid this record. Chances are, it’s not what you want.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Gladys Knight (b. 28 May 1944, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), her brother Merald ‘Bubba’ (b. 4 September 1942, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), sister Brenda and cousins Elenor Guest and William Guest (b. 2 July 1941, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 24 December 2015, Detroit, Michigan, USA) formed their first vocal group in their native Atlanta in 1952. Calling themselves the Pips, after their cousin James ‘Pips’ Woods, the youngsters sang supper-club material in the week and gospel music on Sundays. They first recorded...
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