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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00001QGS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Every Beat Of My Heart
2. Letter Full Of Tears
3. Giving Up
4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
5. If I Were Your Woman
6. Friendship Train
7. I Don't Want To Do Wrong
8. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare
9. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
10. Midnight Train To Georgia
11. I've Got To Use My Imagination
12. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, The
13. I Feel A Song (In My Heart)
14. On And On
15. The Way We Were / Try To Remember
16. Save the Overtime (For Me)
17. Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)
18. Love Overboard

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While Gladys Knight and the Pips spent large portions of the '60s, '70s, and '80s on the charts, this smart CD is the first attempt to compile high points of their tenures at various labels (Motown subsidiary Buddah, Columbia, MCA). While Knight proved equally at home with smokin' church-bred R&B (the original "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and uptown pop (an unfortunate medley of "Try to Remember" and "The Way We Were"), she was most effective on plainspoken tales of everyday people. That's the reason "Grapevine," "Midnight Train to Georgia," "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," and "Save the Overtime for Me," recorded over a 15-year span, sound so much of a piece. --Rickey Wright

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Includes the #1 R&B hits Midnight Train to Georgia; I Heard It Through the Grapevine; If I Were Your Woman; Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye); Save the Overtime (for Me); Love Overboard; Every Beat of My Heart; I've Got to Use My Imagination; Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me , and I Feel a Song (in My Heart) .

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It was great to listen to all these old songs again.
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This CD is a very wonderful collection of Gladys Knight and the Pips greatest hits.
Lynn Ellingwood
This essential collection is a must have for any rock collector.
Jason Stein

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By James E. Bagley on October 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Gladys Knight and the Pips are one of the most successful groups in R & B history. Gladys' ultrasoulful voice was a nice blend of southern warmth and fiery gospel, while the Pips provided tuneful backup that contained plenty of character. They recorded for several labels over the years and this 18-track collection includes samples from all of them.
This chronological retrospective leads off with 1961's "Every Beat Of My Heart" (versions of which charted on both Vee-Jay and Fury) and its follow-up on Fury "Letter Full Of Tears" (written by the great Don Covay). A move to the Maxx label resulted in 1964's enclosed minor hit "Giving Up" (written by future disco star Van McCoy).
At this point Gladys & the Pips were major stars on the chitlin circuit, but mainstream success eluded them until they joined Motown in 1966. The collection includes six of their biggest Motown hits, such as the frenetic original version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and the lovely ballads "If I Were Your Woman" and "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)."
In spite of their successes at Motown, Gladys and the Pips always felt like second-class citizens there (Miss Ross of course always got preferential treatment) and moved over to Buddah in early 1973 when their Motown contract was up. It was at Buddah that they made their most memorable music and this set includes (again) six of their biggest hits there, among them their signature song "Midnight Train To Georgia," the funky barnburner "On And On" (from the film Claudine) and an effective live version of "The Way We Were" teamed with "Try To Remember.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't know how I missed this one (it was issued in 1999) but I happened upon this collection for the very first time today at a local bookstore. It is almost the collection I have been waiting for for yaars. "In "Essential Collection" Hip-O Records has assembled the most comprehensive collection to date of of the hit singles of this legendary group.

Not only has Hip-O included the groups first big hit "Every Beat of My Heart" from 1961 but they have also managed to add the extremely hard-to-find "Letter Full of Tears" from later that same year. And as one might expect, nearly all of the groups biggest records from their highly successful stint at Motown are also included. Enjoy once again great tunes like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (I have always preferred it to the Marvin Gaye version), the 1970 smash "If I Were Your Woman", "Friendship Train" and the haunting "Neither One of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" from 1973. As another reviewer has duly noted among the tunes that were not included on this disc are "The Nitty Gritty" and "The End of Our Road". There were a lot of raised eyebrows when in 1973 GLadys Knight and the Pips announced they were leaving the comfortable digs of Motown Records and moving on to Buddah Records. It seemed like a bad fit. Buddah had been the home of late 60's bubblegum music. But Gladys apparently knew what she was doing because after their arrival at Buddah the group reeled off 4 consecutive Top Ten hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia", "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and "On and On". It was a brand new sound for the group and the public loved it. Aside from those big hits "Essential Collection" also includes Glady's stunning medley "The Way We Were/Try To Remember".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Hip-O Records have released a compilation to end all compilations, spanning almost 30 years in music from 1961 to 1987, every conceivable hit from Gladys Knight & The Pips is inclusive. This soulful, funk and doo-wop artist has touched our hearts over the years in music, with a deep creative devotion to lyric and message. Knight has the edge over todays artist such as Mariah and Whitney, with such sincerity and heartfelt warmth through each song and performance.
Each selection is a gem on its own merit - "EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART" the opening track - "LOVE OVERBOARD" the closing track. Highlight though, is "HERO (WIND BENEATH MY WINGS)" prefer this over the Bette Midler version, Gladys seems to tribute The Pips, with lyrics like "you always walked a step behind".
Must have for all fans of music that jammed over three decades and pioneered the sound of today - Gladys Knight & The Pips is the - ESSENTIAL COLLECTION for you!
Total Time: 66:35 on 18 Tracks/ Hip-O Records - 314 545 029 2 (1999)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Finally, a one disc compilation from all labels! This is an excellent one stop collection of Gladys' finest songs. The classics "Midnight Train To Georgia", "Daddy Could Swear I Delcare", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Love Overboard", "On And On" and "Neither One Of Us" are all here, digitally remastered. Oftentimes, Gladys is an overlooked cornerstone to soul music. Her voice is so silky smooth in her delivery, and her gospel singing is simply the best. This essential collection is a must have for any rock collector.
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