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Anthology Series: The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Atlanta family-group Gladys Knight & the Pips had performed together for 14 years before signing with Motown in 1966. Earlier recordings for Huntom (the master recordings were later sold to Vee-Jay), Fury, and Maxx had generated five chart hits, including the Top Ten R&B smashes "Every Beat of My Heart" and "Letter Full of Tears," but it was on the Motown subsidiary Soul that Gladys Knight and company hit their stride. This compilation more than adequately covers this period of the Pips' career. Working primarily with producer Norman Whitfield from 1967 through 1969, the group created such Motor City classics as "Everybody Needs Love," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "The End of Our Road," and "Friendship Train." From 1970 through 1973 the Pips worked with a variety of Motown producers, concentrating on ballads. Although they were perhaps a little less consistent, there was no shortage of hits, the most notable being 1970's "If I Were Your Woman" and 1973's "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)." The updated double-CD version of Anthology, featuring digitally remastered sound, replaces about a dozen songs with different ones, though this 40-track collection still contains all of the essential hits and adds lengthy liner notes. Be aware that the three early-'60s hits that lead off the volume (on both versions of Anthology) are Motown re-recordings, not the originals. ~ Rob Bowman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Every Beat of My Heart Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:3
  3. 2 Letter Full of Tears Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:47
  4. 3 Giving Up Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:31
  5. 4 Just Walk in My Shoes Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:26
  6. 5 Do You Love Me Just a Little, Honey Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:15
  7. 6 You Don't Love Me No More Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:29
  8. 7 Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:53
  9. 8 Everybody Needs Love Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:1
  10. 9 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:43
  11. 10 The End of Our Road Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:16
  12. 11 I Know Better Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:45
  13. 12 Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:45
  14. 13 All I Could Do Was Cry Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:50
  15. 14 It Should Have Been Me Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:57
  16. 15 I Wish It Would Rain Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:47
  17. 16 Theme from Valley of the Dolls Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:42
  18. 17 Didn't You Know [You'd Have to Cry Sometime] Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:27
  19. 18 Got Myself a Good Man Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:59
  20. 19 The Nitty Gritty Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:56
  21. 20 Friendship Train Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:46
  22. 21 The Tracks of My Tears Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:49
  23. 22 You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You?) Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:37
  24. 1 Every Little Bit Hurts Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:52
  25. 2 If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:12
  26. 3 I Don't Want to Do Wrong Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:15
  27. 4 One Less Bell to Answer Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:9
  28. 5 Is There a Place (In His Heart for Me) Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:26
  29. 6 Master of My Mind Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:23
  30. 7 No One Could Love You More Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:16
  31. 8 Can't Give It up No More Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:34
  32. 9 For Once in My Life Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:43
  33. 10 Make Me the Woman That You Go Home To Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:43
  34. 11 Help Me Make It Through the Night Gladys Knight & the Pips 4:19
  35. 12 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) Gladys Knight & the Pips 4:18
  36. 13 Daddy Could Swear, I Declare Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:38
  37. 14 All I Need Is Time Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:21
  38. 15 Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:24
  39. 16 Oh! What a Love I Have Found Gladys Knight & the Pips 4:10
  40. 17 The Only Time You Love Me Is When You're Losing Me Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:42
  41. 18 Between Her Goodbye and My Hello Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:42

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