Audio Remasterer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Brian Chin .
Recording information: Pine Knob Music Theatre, Detroit, MI.
Photographers: Norman Seeff; David Redfern; Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: Rich Tufo; Don Hannah; H.B. Barnum; Kenny Kerner; Michael Masser; Michael Omartian; Narada Michael Walden; Paul Riser; Richie Wise; Artie Butler; Tony Camillo; Joe Guercio.
The consistently excellent two-disc GOLD series does it again with this superbly selected and compiled Gladys Knight and the Pips collection. The 39 tracks here stretch back to the group's early-'60s material, with cuts like "Every Beat of My Heart" and "Giving Up" hinting at both the Motown and doo-wop traditions. By the 1970s, the group had settled into a more smoothly soulful sound, complete with strings and horn arrangements.
That sound kicked off the string of hits the group is best known for, among them "Midnight Train to Georgia," "I've Got To Use My Imagination," and "Neither One of Us (Want to Be the First to Say Goodbye)." Those tracks are included here, of course, along with their '80s dance-oriented chart hits--"Save the Overtime (For Me);" "Love Overboard"--and some of Knight's solo releases from the late '80s and early '90s. The set offers a wonderful overview of the group's long career, with Knight's rich, expressive voice and the Pips' tight harmonies shining brightly throughout.