Gladys Knight & The Pips – 1968 – Silk N’ 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.
A1 I Wish It Would Rain 2:48
A2 The Look Of Love 3:57
A3 Goin’ Out Of My Head 2:36
A4 Yesterday 3:29
A5 Groovin’ 2:51
A6 You’ve Lost That Lovein’ Feelin’ 3:28
B1 Theme From “Valley Of The Dolls” 2:37
B2 Baby I Need Your Loving 2:54
B3 Together 2:42
B4 The Tracks Of My Tears 2:49
B5 You’re My Everything 3:01
B6 Every Little Bit Hurts 2:48
Silk N Soul – a perfect summation of the genius of Gladys Knight on Motown – moving past the rougher R&B of the earlier singles on other labels, into a deep/sweet mode that really sets that stage for some of her best success!
The album kicks off with Gladys’ version of “I Wish It Would Rain” – one that’s different from, but equally great as, the more famous recording of the tune by The Tempations – and then the album rolls into a mixture of 60s hits, both Motown and otherwise, all done by the group with a really unique approach on the best numbers.