Gladys Knight - Ovation - 1971 Modern and Northern Soul - Canada Issue LP
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Standing Ovation
Tamla Motown – S-736L, Soul – S736L
Vinyl, LP, Album
Record VG++ Cover VG++ ( see pic)
Distributed By – Ampex Music Of Canada
Funk / Soul
A1 Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To
A2 Can You Give Me Love With A Guarantee
A3 Fire And Rain
Written-By – J. Taylor
A4 Master Of My Mind
Written-By – C. McMurray, L. Ware, P. Sawyer
A5.a He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
A5.b Bridge Over Troubled Water
Written-By – P. Simon
B1 It Takes A Whole Lotta Man For A Woman Like Me
B2 Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written-By – K. Kristofferson
B3 The Long And Winding Road
Written-By – J. Lennon, P. McCartney
B4 If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave)
B5 No One Could Love You More
Written-By – L. Ware, P. Sawyer
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
""Contains," NO ONE COULD LOVE YOU MORE" ..Brilliant song - co written by the one and only 'Gloria Jones' .
KILLER Bass, Amazing Voice! ABSOLUTELY GREAT SONG! TIMELESS..This girl always could sing the hell out of a song.
..the album led off with the group's then current single "Make Me The Woman You Go Home To," a sterling performance. Nowadays, though, the lyrics might raise an eyebrow as Gladys 'bargains' to keep the man she wants: 'with a smile I'll fix you're evening meals/ iron your clothes - it ain't no big deal.' She also promises not to ask questions while her man stays out all hours and she doesn't know where he is. Yes, that's taking some big chances, but if love's never made a fool of you, there's a good chance you've never really been in love. "Master of My Mind," here, is from the same emotional territory.
Oh, Gladys can still let an abusive lover have it right back, and there's some proof of that here too in "If You're Gonna Leave Just Leave," and especially "It Takes A While Lot Of Man For A Woman Like Me." Fed up, and with clever Smokey Robinson lyrics to fuel her fury, Gladys tells her failing lover: 'Need someone who can see/ what I'm trying to be/ But you don't appreciate it/ and I don't like where I'm situated/ Never knowing what changes you're gonna go through/ And I don't need no KID who's as old as you!'
There are nice takes on outside material like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," a superb and effecting read of James Taylor's "Fire And Rain," and the gentlemen Pips singing some lead parts on The Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road."
This album's crown jewel, however, was Gladys's take on the Sammi Smith country hit, "Help Me Make It Through The Night" written by Kris Kristofferson. There was no better proof that the group was never going back to teenage material after this. Fittingly, Gladys is all alone for this starkly orchestrated dissertation of loneliness, and I still think it's in the top five emotional performances of her life. Anyone who heard this in the early months of 1972 couldn't have been surprised at how majestically she re-interpreted 'The Way We Were' three years later. If you're broken-hearted and need to feel sad for yourself, this performance, and maybe a few shots of something 80-proof are all you need.( amazoin customer)