Most Wanted! Gladys Knight And The Pips – Love Overboard (MCA)
To be honest, I hardly understand how Discogs managed to rate Gladys Knight & The Pips‘ ‘Love Overboard’ as… House Music!
As a matter of fact, ‘Love Overboard’, the opening cut to their 1987 ‘All Our Love’ album, saw them flirting with R&B. And more precisely with the then emerging Swingbeat. This, with a production work by the likes of Reggie and Vincent Calloway of the Calloway and Midnight Star fame. The twosome turning it into an infectiously syncopated affair.
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 ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ on Buddah Records. Not to mention
‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’. A cut which South African producer DJ Micks turned into an insane House masterpiece back in 2009.
They then signed with Columbia by the end of the 70’s. ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ and ‘Bourgie Bourgie’… But also ‘When You’re Far Away’ and ‘Save The Overtime For Me’ completing their already impressive list of firing gems in addition 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.