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on August 3, 2006
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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on June 4, 2014
I was going through heartbreak and the end of a marriage that never should have been. Her voice and songs spoke to me. I chose to gain strength and be the best me I could be after hearing her songs.
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on December 27, 2015
Very good CD, enjoyed it.
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on April 1, 2017
This had daddy Could Swear on it - Not easy to find on a Gladys Knight and the Pips anthologies. I love this whole CD.
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on March 15, 2017
not bad
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on July 28, 2014
Gladys is amazing. You never realize how beautiful the human voice is until you here Gladys sing.
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on August 1, 2016
wrong CD
should have looked for "greatest hits"
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on December 25, 2012
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. This made a special Christmas gift for her since she can now play it in her car. The quality is better than i expected considering when this was originally made (1985) Thanks, and I will be looking for more as always.
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on May 10, 2016
Gladys Knight & the Pips are one of my favorite groups.
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on January 29, 2014
You know how it is -- almost every collection is missing something that you want. this was does not. And it even adds a few tunes - "hidden gems" from Gladys Knight and the Pips' incredible long term body of work.
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