Platinum & Gold Collection

Platinum & Gold Collection

by Gladys Knight & the PipsGladys Knight & the Pips


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Gladys Knight & the Pips' Platinum & Gold Collection gathers songs from two very different periods in the group's career. Two of the tracks included are from the very start: "Every Beat of My Heart" and "Letter Full of Tears" are from 1961 and feature the group singing in a doo wop-meets-girl group style, Knight sounding very strong on the Don Covay-penned "Letter Full of Tears." The rest of the disc is made up of the group's stay with Buddah Records, which they signed with after leaving Motown in 1973. Their first couple of years with the label found them sustaining a high level of success. Included on the collection are their only number one hit, 1973's "Midnight Train to Georgia," and near chart-toppers 1973's "I've Got to Use My Imagination," 1974's "The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," and 1974's Curtis Mayfield-written and -produced "On and On" from the smash soundtrack to the forgotten film Claudine. The group had a few middling hits, like a funky take on the soul rebel Eugene McDaniels' acidic "Money" and a syrupy version of "The Way We Were/Try to Remember" (later sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan), and made a foray into disco with the Van McCoy-produced "Baby Don't Change Your Mind" and Tony Macaulay's "It's Better Than Good Time." Platinum & Gold Collection does a fine job of documenting the later period of the Pips, the music is top-notch, and Knight shows herself to be one of the great underrated soul singers of her time. It also hits just the high points of their early days, certainly enough to get the picture. This is a fine way for the budget-minded fan to get ahold of some classic soul. (If you are willing to spend a couple bucks more, however, Hip-O's Essential Collection from 1999 has the best eight of the 12 songs on Platinum & Gold as well as Motown songs and some later tracks, too. It is the best single-disc Gladys Knight & the Pips collection available.)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Buddha
UPC: 0828765092920
catalogNumber: 50929
Rank: 81251

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gladys Knight & the Pips   Primary Artist
Tony Camillo   Conductor

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Gladys Knight   Producer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Larry Wilcox   String Arrangements
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer,Producer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Tony Camillo   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Kerner   Arranger,Producer
Charles Kipps   Producer
Bubba Knight   Producer
Michael Masser   Composer,Producer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer,Producer
Ralph Moss   Producer,Engineer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Producer
Rich Tufo   Arranger
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Richie Wise   Arranger,Producer
William Guest   Producer
Edward Patten   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Producer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Tony Macaulay   Composer,Producer
Don Covay   Composer

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