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(2016/Cherry Red) 27 tracks, two original classic soul albums more

Gladys Knight: The Solo Collection (2-CD)

(2016/Cherry Red) 27 tracks, two original classic soul albums

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Knight, Gladys - The Solo Collection (2-CD) CD 1
01 I'm Coming Home Again Gladys Knight
02 Freedom For The Stallions Sail Away
03 I'm Still Caught Up With You Gladys Knight
04 It's A Better Than Good Time (Disco) Gladys Knight
05 We Don't Make Each Other Laugh Anymore Gladys Knight
06 The Way It Was Gladys Knight
07 I'll Take A Melody Gladys Knight
08 With You In Mind Gladys Knight
09 Love Gives You The Power Gladys Knight
10 Am I Too Late Gladys Knight
11 You Bring Out The Best In Me Gladys Knight
12 I Just Want To Be With You Gladys Knight
13 If You Ever Need Somebody Gladys Knight
14 My World Gladys Knight
15 I (Who Have Nothing) Gladys Knight
16 You Don't Have To Say I Love You Gladys Knight
17 The Best Thing We Can Do Is Say Goodbye Gladys Knight
18 It's The Same Old Song Gladys Knight
19 You Loved Away The Pain Gladys Knight
Knight, Gladys - The Solo Collection (2-CD) CD 2
01 Am I Too Late (Us Single Version) Gladys Knight
02 It's The Same Old Song (Us Extended Single Mix) Gladys Knight
03 You Bring Out The Best In Me (Us Single Version) Gladys Knight
04 You Bring Out The Best In Me (Us 12” Version) Gladys Knight
05 It's Me Again Gladys Knight
06 For All We Know Gladys Knight
07 Am I Losing You? Gladys Knight
08 Maybe, Maybe Baby (1979 Version) Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight & The Pips I Heard It Through The Grapevine Gladys Knight & The... more
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Gladys Knight & The Pips

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Gladys Knight & The Pips

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

 

After giving Motown its first national hit with his pounding Money (That's What I Want) in 1960, Barrett Strong took a hiatus from Hitsville, working as a songwriter in Chicago. That's where he found the inspiration for one of Motown's greatest hits.

"I was walking down Michigan Avenue, and the idea just popped into my mind. I heard people say it all the time: 'I heard it through the grapevine.' Nobody wrote a song about it, so I sat at a piano and came up with the bass line. And the melody came back," says Barrett, who rejoined Motown in 1966 and got together with producer Norman Whitfield. "Norman said, 'What do you have, man?' I showed it to him. He said, 'I'll cut that!'"  It was the auspicious beginning of a most fruitful partnership.

Whitfield produced a version of Grapevine by The Miracles that sat on the shelf. His ominous minor-key production of the song by Marvin Gaye initially met the same unjust fate. Undaunted, Norman next turned to Gladys Knight & The Pips. The veteran Atlanta vocal group—Gladys (born there on May 28, 1944), her older brother Merald 'Bubba' Knight, and their cousins William Guest and Edward Patten had scored a #1 R&B smash with Every Beat Of My Heart for Vee-Jay in direct competition with their own remake on Fury, then posted another hit for Fury at year's end with Letter Full Of Tears. They landed at Motown in 1966 against Gladys' better judgment.

"I said, 'I don't want to go over there. We've been fine up to now, creating our own avenues, our own following,'" says Gladys, who was outvoted three-to-one. The hits began to come on Motown's Soul logo in '67 with the Whitfield-helmed Everybody Needs Love. Then Norman handed the group Grapevine, now arranged as a raveup gospel workout mirroring Aretha Franklin's Respect.

"We took the track home, man. We would rehearse that thing night and day, in the morning and at night," says Bubba. "(Norman) said, 'How y'all comin' with that song I gave you, "Grapevine?"' And we went over to the studio one day at Motown and we sung it for him. We put the tape recorder on and we sung what we had on there. And he said, 'Good God! Get me a studio right now!'" Gladys' incendiary lead and The Pips' impeccably harmonized replies were surrounded by a complex intro played by two drummers and Hank Cosby's wailing sax solo. Grapevine was a #1 R&B/#2 pop smash for Gladys and the Pips, yet Gaye's version would do even better only a year later.

- Bill Dahl -

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Tracklist
Knight, Gladys - The Solo Collection (2-CD) CD 1
01 I'm Coming Home Again
02 Freedom For The Stallions
03 I'm Still Caught Up With You
04 It's A Better Than Good Time (Disco)
05 We Don't Make Each Other Laugh Anymore
06 The Way It Was
07 I'll Take A Melody
08 With You In Mind
09 Love Gives You The Power
10 Am I Too Late
11 You Bring Out The Best In Me
12 I Just Want To Be With You
13 If You Ever Need Somebody
14 My World
15 I (Who Have Nothing)
16 You Don't Have To Say I Love You
17 The Best Thing We Can Do Is Say Goodbye
18 It's The Same Old Song
19 You Loved Away The Pain
Knight, Gladys - The Solo Collection (2-CD) CD 2
01 Am I Too Late (Us Single Version)
02 It's The Same Old Song (Us Extended Single Mix)
03 You Bring Out The Best In Me (Us Single Version)
04 You Bring Out The Best In Me (Us 12” Version)
05 It's Me Again
06 For All We Know
07 Am I Losing You?
08 Maybe, Maybe Baby (1979 Version)