oktober 24, 2017

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Imagination (1973) Lp

Gladys Knight & the Pips were an R&B/soul family musical act from Atlanta, Georgia that remained active on the music charts and performing circuit for three decades.
They´d leave the label Motown for Buddah Records in 1973, where they recorded the hits "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me", "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and their number-one hit single, "Midnight Train to Georgia".
The first album cut by Gladys Knight & the Pips for Buddah Records was a watershed in their history. Co-produced by the group and Tony Camillo, Imagination embodied all of what Gladys Knight & the Pips had learned in their previous six years at Motown, watching the way their records were made, combined with the maturity of the sound that they'd achieved in that time, and virtually complete freedom to choose their repertory -- a factor that they were mature and sophisticated to exploit to the fullest.

The result was four hit songs, including the chart-topping "Midnight Train to Georgia" (originally written as "Midnight Plane to Houston") and one of the biggest selling albums in their history -- Imagination was sophisticated soul at its best, Knight belting out numbers with great forcefulness and passion while the group provided delicate backup.
Among the surprising non-hits is the radiantly sung "Perfect Love" and a beautiful harmonized cover of "I Can See Clearly Now," featuring the Pips singing lead.

Side A
A1. Midnight Train To Georgia – 4:38
A2. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – 3:29
A3. Storms Of Troubled Times – 3:44
A4. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – 3:45
A5. Once In A Lifetime Thing – 3:41

Side B
B1. Where Peaceful Waters Flow  – 4:24
B2. I Can See Clearly Now  – 4:28
B3. Perfect Love  – 2:37
B4. Window Raisin’ Granny  – 6:09

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Release: 1973
A1, A5, B1, B3 recorded at Venture Sound Studios
A2 to A4, B2 recorded at Bell Sound Studios 
Genre: Soul
Format: LP
Label: Buddah Records
Catalog# 583.015
Prijs: €6,75

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Lichte Gebruikerssporen

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