Mojo (Publisher) - p.1154 stars out of 5
-- "[B]oth 1971 albums find her raising the rafters on stompers or plumbing despair's depths on ballads with equal conviction."
2 original albums on 1 CD: IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN (1971) / STANDING OVATION (1971).
Another installment in Motown's excellent reissue campaign of Gladys Knight & the Pips full-length recordings, this edition combines 1971's excellent If I Were Your Woman with Standing Ovation. "If I Were Your Woman" is one of the group's finest moments, with a vocal performance by Knight that has few rivals in the soul music world. The rest of the album, much like a large percentage of Standing Ovation, is made up of filler tunes and cover versions that are curiosities for die-hard fans only. At times the group makes a concerted effort to take a song and give it a unique spin (a cover of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" is especially noteworthy), but there are other times when the experiment flat-out fails (the "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water" medley, for example). ~ Rob Theakston