GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS:  ON & ON  THE BUDDAH/COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5180D)

GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: ON & ON THE BUDDAH/COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5180D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  THE MAKINGS OF YOU – THE BUDDAH YEARS (1973-1978)

  1. THE WAY WE WERE / TRY TO REMEMBER
  2. MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA
  3. I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION
  4. BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
  5. WHERE PEACEFUL WATERS FLOW
  6. ON AND ON
  7. TO BE INVISIBLE
  8. THE MAKINGS OF YOU
  9. MAKE YOURS A HAPPY HOME (ALTERNATE MIX)
  10. I FEEL A SONG (IN MY HEART)
  11. LOVE FINDS IT’S OWN WAY
  12. THE NEED TO BE
  13. PART TIME LOVE
  14. SO SAD THE SONG
  15. EVERYBODY’S GOT TO FIND A WAY
  16. LITTLE BIT OF LOVE
  17. BABY DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND
  18. WALK SOFTLY
  19. COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED
  20. IT’S A BETTER THAN GOOD TIME 

DISC 2:  WE NEED HEARTS – THE COLUMBIA YEARS (1980-1985)

  1. LANDLORD
  2. TASTE OF BITTER LOVE
  3. STILL SUCH A THING
  4. GET THE LOVE
  5. ADD IT UP
  6. BOURGIE’, BOURGIE’
  7. WE NEED HEARTS
  8. I WILL FIGHT
  9. A FRIEND OF MINE
  10. REACH HIGH
  11. WHEN YOU’RE FAR AWAY
  12. SAVE THE OVERTIME (FOR ME)
  13. YOU’RE NUMBER ONE (IN MY BOOK)
  14. SECONDS
  15. YOU’VE GOT MY WORD ON THAT
  16. KISS AWAY THE PAIN
  17. HERO (AKA WIND BENEATH MY WINGS)
  • SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “On & On: The Buddah/Columbia Anthology,” a hit-filled 2-CD by the iconic Gladys Knight & The Pips, whose international appeal spanned over over three decades from the mid-60’s to the mid-‘80s. 
  • This 37-track collection of recordings by the legendary family group (Gladys, brother Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten) focuses on a particularly successful period of their consistent presence as mainstay global hitmakers from 1973-1985. 
  • Initially achieving US acclaim in the early ‘60s with “Every Beat Of My Heart” and “Letter Full Of Tears,” the group’s dynamic stage act (with nifty choreography and distinctive harmonies) resulted in a 1966 contract with Motown Records and while some key hits provided a great platform for international exposure, by the early-’70s, Gladys & The Pips were ready to experience a new level of mainstream recognition. 
  • Disc 1 of this anthology chronicles the group’s five-year run of non-stop hits for Buddah Records, including the timeless “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” and a live medley of “The Way We Were” and “Try To Remember.” Drawn from eight Buddah albums that included production by Curtis Mayfield, Tony Camillo and Van McCoy among others, ‘The Buddah Years’ features over a dozen charted singles and an alternate mix of “Make Yours A Happy Home” from the ‘Claudine’ soundtrack. 
  • Disc 2 chronicles the group’s five years with Columbia Records during which they initially reunited with Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson (with whom they had worked at Motown), resulting in further hits such as “Landlord” “Taste Of Bitter Love.” Further success came with “Save The Overtime (For Me),” “You’re Number One (In My Book)” and an early version of the pop classic “Wind Beneath My Wings.” 
  • Liner notes by renowned US writer Kevin Goins include quotes from former Buddah executive Cecil Holmes, songwriter Jim Weatherley, arranger/musician Ray Chew and producer/songwriter Charles Kipps; with remastering by Nick Robbins, artwork by Roger Williams

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

MICHAEL HENDERSON: TAKE ME I’M YOURS: THE BUDDAH YEARS ANTHOLOGY (SMCR-5168D)

Track listing:

DISC 1:  AT THE CONCERT

  1. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson: You Are My Starship
  2. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Phyllis Hyman: We Both Need Each Other
  3. Make Me Feel Better
  4. Time
  5. Treat Me Like A Man
  6. Solid
  7. Be My Girl
  8. You Haven’t Made It To The Top
  9. Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson & Jean Carn: Valentine Love
  10. Stay With Me This Summer
  11. I Can’t Help It (US single edit)
  12. Won’t You Be Mine
  13. Whip It
  14. Goin’ Places
  15. Michael Henderson & Roberta Flack: At the Concert
  16. Take Me I’m Yours 

DISC 2:  PLAYING ON THE REAL THING

  1. In The Night-Time
  2. Am I Special
  3. To Be Loved
  4. Do It All
  5.  Playing On The Real Thing
  6.  Riding
  7. Reach Out For Me
  8. Wide Receiver
  9. Prove It
  10. You’re My Choice
  11. Make Me Feel Like
  12. Phyllis Hyman & Michael Henderson: Can’t We Fall In Love Again
  13. Make It Easy On Yourself
  14. (We Are Here To) Geek You Up
  15. Slingshot
  16. Come To Me
  17. Fickle
  • As part of its acclaimed anthology series, SoulMusic Records is very proud to present “Take Me I’m Yours – The Buddah Years,” a solid retrospective of award-winning recording artist, producer, songwriter and musician Michael Henderson’s hit-filled tenure (1976-1983) wih Buddah Records. 
  • Before achieving international recognition as a stellar artist his own right, Michigan-born Michael began doing shows as a bass player with R&B favourites, The Detroit Emeralds; in the late ‘60s, a youthful Stevie Wonder invited the teenager to join his band. In Detroit, Michael played on sessions with Motown artists including The Four Tops, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Gladys Knight & The Pips and David Ruffin as well as doing shows with Aretha Franklin. 
  • In 1970, during a New York gig with Wonder, jazz legend Miles Davis offered Michael a spot in his touring and recording band which lasted for five years before fellow band member Reggie Lucas introduced him to drummer Norman Connors. In 1975, Michael cut his own “Valentine Love” as a duet with Jean Carn for Connors’ “Saturday Night Special” LP and began experiencing eight years of best-selling singles and LPs. 
  • The title track for Connors’ 1976 LP, “You Are My Starship” established Michael as a hitmaker in his own right and was followed by a duet with then-newcomer Phyllis Hyman (“We Both Need Each Other”). In 1976, Buddah Records released “Solid,” Michael’s first of seven albums for the label. 
  • This anthology, compiled by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, includes all of Michael’s fifteen US charted singles including the Top 5 R&B hit “Take Me I’m Yours” and the 1981 hit duet with Phyllis Hyman, “Can’t We Fall In Love Again” as well as key LP cuts such as the quiet storm gem, “At The Concert” with Roberta Flack and “Treat Me Like A Man” (which Michael also produced on The Dramatics). 
  • Stellar liner notes by Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell include extensive quotes and track-by-track commentary from Michael; and first class remastering (Donald Cleveland) and artwork (Roger Williams).