Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gladys Knight – Just A Little (WCMC)

Single Of The Week: Gladys Knight – Just A Little (Humble Dreamz Music Group/WCMC)

Years don’t seem to have any effect on Gladys Knight apart from makin’ her shining brighter. Just as on this new cut of hers that sees her collaborating with the new generation of actors. From producer producer Symbolic ‘S1’ One (Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West. To songwriter/singer Brandon ‘Avehre’ Smith.

‘Just A Little’ marks her return to groovier territories some 18 years after ‘Love Overboard’. A killer jam that saw her and The Pips pioneering venturing into R&B/Swing along with producers Reggie & Vincent Calloway.

Here again, Gladys Knight sings her heart out. Her unique voice generating the same effect as some… 40 years ago. Remember ‘It’s A Better Than Good Time’ for instance. But also her cover version of Ashford & Simpson‘s ‘Bourgie Bourgie’. Not to mention ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First To Say Goodbye)’. And I’m not even talkin’ about its unofficial remix. An outstanding and quite unexpected House rework by South African producer DJ Micks that saw the light by the end of the 2000’s.

‘Just A Little’ has to be considered as an appetizer. With Ms. Knight on her way to deliver a new album some time next year. We just can’t wait!

Kinda hard to believe the first version of the band – simply called The Pips at the time – dates from the early 50’s.
The debut of Gladys Knight And The Pips didn’t happen to be like a simple ballad. Considered for some time as a second-string act by Motown where they got signed back in 1966, this didn’t get them from scoring their first hit the year after. This, with their version of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The first of a series including ‘If I Were Your Woman’ and ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’ and ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ on Buddah Records.
They then signed with Columbia by the end of the 70’s. ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’, ‘When You’re Far Away’ and ‘Save The Overtime For Me’ completing their already impressive list in adition to ‘Love Overboard’.

Gladys Knight also delivered material on her own, most likely due to contractual reasons. This resulting in the release of extra gems such as ‘You Bring Out The Best In Me’. But also the ultra sought after ‘It’s A Better Than Good Time’ as remixed by Walter Gibbons. No to mention ‘License To Kill’ among others.

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