Friday, 4 September 2009

Gladys Knight & The Pips ”Imagination”

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Imagination
( LP Buddah Records, 1973 )
Catalog # BDS 5141

Tracklisting:
A1 Midnight Train To Georga (4:38)
A2 I’ve Got To Use My Imagination (3:29)
A3 Storms Of Troubled Times (3:44)
A4 Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (3:45)
A5 Once In A Lifetime Thing (3:41)
B1 Where Peaceful Waters Flow (4:24)
B2 I Can See Clearly Now (4:28)
B3 Perfect Love (2:37)
B4 Window Raisin’ Granny (6:09)

Credits:
Producer – Kenny Kerner (tracks: A2 to A4, B2),
Richie Wise (tracks: A2 to A4, B2), Tony Camillo (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3)
Arranged By [Horns, Strings] – Larry Wilcox (tracks: A2 to A4, B2)
Artwork By [Album Design] – Mike Mendel
Artwork By [Art Direction] – Glen Christensen
Artwork By [Packaging] – Milton Sincoff
Co-producer – Bubba Knight , Edward Patten, Gladys Knight, William Guest
Engineer – Ed Stasium, Jr. (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3),
Warren Dewey (tracks: A2 to A4, B2)
Engineer [Assistant] – Dave Domanich (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3),
Geraldine De Nora (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3)
Photography – Joel Brodsky
Producer, Arranged By – Kenny Kerner (tracks: A2 to A4, B2),
Richie Wise (tracks: A2 to A4, B2)
Producer, Arranged By, Conductor – Tony Camillo (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3)
Written-By – Jim Weatherly (tracks: A1, A3 to B1)

Notes:
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1973

Review:
The first album cut by Gladys Knight & The Pips for Buddah Records was a watershed in their history. Co-produced by the group and Tony Camillo, Imagination embodied all of what Gladys Knight & the Pips had learned in their previous six years at Motown, watching the way their records were made, combined with the maturity of the sound that they’d achieved in that time, and virtually complete freedom to choose their repertory–a factor that they were mature and sophisticated to exploit to the fullest. The result was four hit songs, including the chart-topping “Midnight Train To Georgia” (originally written as “Midnight Plane to Houston”) and one of the biggest selling albums in their history–Imagination was sophisticated soul at its best, Knight belting out numbers with great forcefulness and passion while the group provided delicate back-up. Among the surprising non-hits is the radiantly sung “Perfect Love” and a beautiful harmonized cover of “I Can See Clearly Now,” featuring the Pips singing lead.
Reissued by BMG Special Products in 1997 with full annotation, and worth tracking down in any format.
By Bruce Eder (AMG)

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