Gladys Knight

Blue Lights in the Basement

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Knight's stint for the Buddah label in the mid-'70s found her commercial success at its peak, landing hits like "Midnight Train to Georgia," "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," "Part Time Love," and "The Way We Were" (all included here). But this 17-track survey of 1973-78 material is not nearly as artistically satisfying as her Motown and Vee Jay recordings, finding her and the Pips easing into a middle-of-the-road sound that helped pave the way for mellow urban contemporary music. What's more, this compilation is not truly representative of the era, omitting the huge hit "I've Got to Use My Imagination," presumably because it's too uptempo to find a place on an anthology geared toward the "quiet storm" audience.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:24 Spotify
2 3:43 Spotify
3 2:25 Spotify
4 4:37 Spotify
5 3:49 Spotify
6 4:11 Spotify
7 3:19 Spotify
8 3:45 Spotify
9 4:20 Spotify
10 4:12 Spotify
11 3:01 Spotify
12 3:49 Spotify
13 3:52 Spotify
14 2:28 Spotify
15 5:15 Spotify
16 5:39 Spotify
17 4:32
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