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Ultimate Collection

Gladys Knight, Gladys Knight & the PipsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 7, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001ANX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
2. The End Of Our Road
3. Everybody Needs Love
4. Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me
5. It Should Have Been Me
6. I Wish It Would Rain
7. Every Little Bit Hurts
8. Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime)
9. Just Walk In My Shoes
10. The Nitty Gritty
11. Friendship Train
12. You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You?)
13. If I Were Your Woman
14. I Don't Want To Do Wrong
15. Here I Am Again
16. Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To
17. Help Me Make It Through The Night
18. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say...
19. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare
20. All I Need Is Time
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Editorial Reviews

This Motown release covers only this seminal R&B act's recordings for the company's Soul subsidiary well; don't look here for, say, the Buddah-label "Midnight Train to Georgia." But all is not lost on this supposed "ultimate collection." Especially when you get Gladys--easily one of the most underrated soul singers--and her Pips tearing through their church-drenched 1967 version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" or ripping into the peace and love anthem "Friendship Train" or the rousing, finger-wagging "It Should Have Been Me" (one of the greatest you're-gonna-miss-somebody songs of the soul era). With the Pips' seamless harmonies and Gladys's wide-open, no-nonsense vocals, these 22 songs are a great introduction to one of the most beloved R&B/pop groups of the '60s and '70s and well worth owning--even if it only tells half of the story. --Amy Linden

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Pulled this one off the shelf the other night after hearing that Gladys Knight had performed in our town earlier in the week. My wife and I had seen Gladys Knight and the Pips perform in the summer of 1989 and that concert remains one of the finest live performances I have ever witnessed.
Originally released back in 1997, "The Ultimate Collection" features just about every one of the groups charted singles from their highly successful six year stint at Motown. While Gladys Knight and the Pips would achieve their biggest chart success during the mid-seventies at Buddah Records, a good many critics would argue that their best work was probably done at Motown. I would tend to agree with that assessment. Gladys Knight and the Pips were formed way back in 1952 after 8 year old Gladys was the weekly winner on the nationally televised "Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour". From that point on there was simply no holding her back. After a couple of highly successful records in the early 1960's Gladys Knight and the Pips arrived at Motown in early 1967. And before that year was out they had a monster hit with the original version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Other Top Ten hits would follow including "If I Were Your Woman" and "Neither One of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" from 1973. As is so often the case some of my personal favorites were not necessarily the biggest hits. Perhaps my very favorite recording is the funky "It Should Have Been Me" which barely cracked the Top 40 in the Summer of '68. And switching gears completely, I was totally mesmorized by Gladys' heart wrenching rendition of the great country standard "Help Me Make It Through The Night". I had forgotten just how great a record that one really was.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! January 29, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is the best single disc "hits" collection during their Motown/Soul years. Like many "greatest hits" albums, you can't argue what's here but maybe what's not here. However, I do recommend this album along with "The Soul Survivors: (1973-1988)" if you want just the hits. Very Essential.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first successful recordings March 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Gladys Knight and the Pips made some records before they signed to Motown, but those records were not successful, so these are the earliest important recordings.
I heard it through the grapevine was their first major hit, going to number two in the American pop chart (and topping the R+B chart) and also giving them a minor British hit. Gladys recorded the song at around the same time as Marvin Gaye, but Motown originally selected the version by Gladys and the Pips for single release. Marvin's version was released as a single a year later and topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The two versions are very different despite both being produced by Norman Whitfield. He obviously loved the song as he also produced versions by the Isley brothers and the Miracles.
There are many other classic songs here, including Take me in your arms and love me, It should have been me (revived by Yvonne Fair in the seventies), Every little bit hurts, If I were your woman, Help me make it through the night and Neither one of us.
Gladys Knight is best remembered for the recordings she made after she left Motown for Buddah, including Midnight train to Georgia, but her Motown music is well worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rarely Heard Clasics August 3, 2006
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If your only exposure to the music of Gladys Knight and the Pips is the slick, adult-contemporary stuff from the '70s and beyond, then you're in for a real surprise. This collection of the group's Motown material is generally more upbeat and more soulful than the smooth lite stuff they're more famous for. Gladys is one of the most underrated soul singers ever, and could really belt it out, as demonstrated on this disc. Her deep alto voice is tailor made for conveying the pain and heartache of the deepest of blues. And her backing singers, The Pips, harmonize beautifully. The highlight of this set (besides the definitive version of "I Heard It Thru The Grapevine") is probably "Didn't You Know You'd Have to Cry Sometime", an aching, soulful blast of pure sadness. But really, there are lots of highlights here. Towards the second half of the disc, the more familiar, slow-burn sound of GK and the Pips comes to the fore, demonstrating the group's transition from Motown ravers to soul-lite groovers. There's plenty of stuff to explore here, and marvel over Gladys Knight's incredible voice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Motown compilations March 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best (so far) of the many hits packages Motown has released on Gladys and her Pips. It's not too brief and not too unwieldly, either. As the liner notes state, all selections are the original 45 rpm versions. That is to say, there are subtle, but noticeable differences between many of these recordings and the versions that have been repackaged previously over the years. For instance, the fade-out is longer on "Didn't You Know" and "Just Walk In My Shoes" contains a vocal section I'd never heard before. These are little things, but they mean a lot to serious fans. The digital remastering makes for excellent sound. One quibble though is the inclusion of "It's Time To Go Now". This unremarkable track from 1968 was a poor choice to end the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wow just more great music!
Published 2 months ago by shirley moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gladys is amazing. You never realize how beautiful the human voice is until you here Gladys sing.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice jams
Heard it on a movie and had to have it. Amazon digital is a pretty good buy and works well with iTunes.
Published 4 months ago by Eric A. Bosarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched my heart
I was going through heartbreak and the end of a marriage that never should have been. Her voice and songs spoke to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best CD made in 100 years you will never find a CD like...
This was the best CD made in 100 years you will never find a CD like this again they don't make music like this anymore
Published 6 months ago by Andre Fullard
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST PIPS COLLECTION!
You know how it is -- almost every collection is missing something that you want. this was does not. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DONALD SINGLETARY
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Fantastic compilation. I really enjoy listening everyday. My elderly father is also happy we have it. I respect this artist.
Published 12 months ago by Roberto DiazRohena
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Music Ever
60's on until rap-best music ever! Takes me back to the era of Soul music-best time for Rock and other music too.
Published 17 months ago by Lady B
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem in the bargain basement!
I clock into the music scene of the 60s and know little about The Pips beyond some hits I recognise from my primary school years, the liner notes of this LP and what I have just... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr GB Dennill
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gladys and the PIps
i couldn't be more happier with this cd. i've had this on a cassette tape for years (yes, cassette tape) and patched it and played it for my wife. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. W. Lawrence
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