Friday, 14 December 2018

Gladys Knight & The Pips - All I Need Is Time (1973)

Heavy makes you happy....

  

Released in 1973

After Gladys Knight left Motown in 1973, the label released this album of previously unreleased material.

TRACK LISTING

1. I'll Be Here (When You Get Home)
2. All I Need Is Time
3. Heavy Makes You Happy
4. The Only Time You Love Me Is When You're Losing Me
5. Here I Am Again
6. There's A Lesson To Be Learned
7. Oh! What A Love I Have Found
8. The Singer
9. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)            

I'll Be Here (When You Get Home) is a big, brassy ballad typical of Gladys Knight's subsequent Buddah Records work, as indeed is the slow tempo, romantic All I Need Is Time. As always, her voice is superb on these recordings. She is impressive on these soulful ballads, just as she is on the upbeat percussion-driven funk of The Staple Singers' Heavy Makes You Happy and Sly & The Family Stone's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again). She really was a most versatile soul singer. The unfortunate thing about her future Buddah material was the while the big, soul ballads remained, she cut back on the funky stuff, which was a pity as she did a great job on those numbers.

The Only Time You Love Me Is When You're Losing Me is a big production, orchestrated, Philadelphia-sounding ballad. Again, this is a pointer to the type of material that the Buddah years would yield. The same applies to Here I Am Again. The remaining tracks apart from Thank You are similar, grandiose ballads. Personally, I prefer Gladys when she gets funky, so, while this is a good album in many ways, I much prefer her last "proper" Motown album in Neither One Of Us. This is still worth a listen, though, and the sound quality is excellent.

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