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Love Songs [Buddha]

  • 1. Tenderness Is His Way
    2. Feel Like Makin' Love
    3. Makings of You, The
    4. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
    5. Midnight Train to Georgia
    6. All the Time
    7. Landlord
    8. Still Such a Thing
    9. Friend of Mine, A
    10. Walk Softly
    11. What If I Should Ever Need You
    12. Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right
    13. Love Finds Its Own Way
    14. To Make a Long Story Short
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66949

  • Credits
    ProducerGladys Knight; Bill Withers; Bubba Knight; Edward Patten; Curtis Mayfield; Richard Wise; Tony Camilo; Kenny Kerner; Michael Masser; Nickolas Ashford; Richie Wise; Valerie Simpson; Van McCoy; William Guest; Charles H. Kipps, Jr.; Bill Withers; Eugene McDaniels; Gladys Knight (Compilation); Leo Sacks (Compilation)

    Gladys Knight & the Pips/Gladys Knight: Edward Patten, Gladys Knight, Langston George, Bubba Knight (vocals).
    Photographer: Elaine Bryant.
    Arrangers: Richard Wise; Tony Camilo; Rich Tufo; Kenny Kerner; Richie Wise; Van McCoy.
    Over the course of her career, Gladys Knight shifted from straight soul to disco to adult-contemporary music, but some of her finest work has been in the vein of smooth R&B. After a successful tenure with Motown Records, Knight and her backing vocal group, the Pips, moved to Buddah Records in the early 1970s, where they recorded some of their strongest material. Buddah/Legacy's LOVE SONGS cherry picks the act's romantically themed songs, including the smash singles "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."
    Knight's elastic, gospel-influenced embellishments stretch all over these compositions, and her rich, resonant alto voice cuts straight to the soul. The tight-knit accents of the Pips frame her singing, as do lavish string and horn arrangements. Knight also had the good fortune to perform material by some of the era's finest songwriters--including Bill Withers ("Tenderness Is His Way"), Curtis Mayfield ("The Makings of You"), and Ashford & Simpson ("A Friend of Mine")--and LOVE SONGS offers an excellent cross section of that material as well. The resulting set works as a sampler of Knight's '70s and early-'80s Buddah output, as well as a soundtrack for a cozy, intimate evening at home.

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