Gladys Knight & the Pips

The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me [1997]

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Collectables' 2003 release of Gladys Knight & the Pips' The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me is essentially the same as BMG Special Products' 1997 release of the same name. All that is different about the Collectables version is the cover artwork. Inside you will find a decent mix of tunes culled from Knight's '70s recordings for the Buddah label -- decent apart from leaving off their biggest hit of the era, "Midnight Train to Georgia," that is. There are still hits like "The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," the beautiful Curtis Mayfield-penned and produced "On and On," and "I've Got to Use My Imagination," as well as good album tracks like Eugene McDaniels' politically charged "Money" and the Van McCoy-produced foray into disco, "Baby, Don't Change Your Mind." Without "Midnight Train to Georgia," however, this collection is incomplete and irrelevant. For a good collection of mid-'70s work by the group, look to Hip-O's Essential Collection or Buddha's Platinum & Gold series instead.

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