Gladys Knight & the Pips

Silk & Soul

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An album of remakes by Gladys & the Pips still managed to chart (#136) on Billboard's Pop Album Chart. Only one track escaped as a single, "I Wish It Would Rain"; while beautifully done, it lacked the hurt of the Temptations' original. Renditions of "You're My Everything" and "Tracks of My Tears" work much better. Fans will enjoy the group's soulful renditions of pop hits like "The Look of Love" and "Theme From Valley of the Dolls." An update of Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts" is a keeper; Gladys seems to identify with the lyrics, enhancing the performance. Motown compiled and released Silk N' Soul to capitalize on the group's slew of hits. It charted lower than normal for a Pips release because it lacked an original hit single to propel it higher, but this is still some fine listening.

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