Gladys Knight / Gladys Knight & the Pips

Super Hits [2004]

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A compilation only ten tracks in length seems woefully inadequate for someone as prolific as Gladys Knight, but this Super Hits compilation focuses on a specific period. This disc covers Knight's years with Columbia, 1980-1985. No one would refer to this era as Knight's best, yet several of these songs -- including all the tracks off 1980's About Love, an excellent album written and produced by Ashford & Simpson, as well as 1983's "Save the Overtime (For Me)" -- are among the best R&B released during the early '80s. Knight was one of the few veteran R&B artists to make a smooth transition into the decade.

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