Gladys Knight & the Pips - About Love

Gladys Knight & the Pips - About Love
Album:
About Love
Duration:
46:31
Genre:
Recording Location:
A&M Recording Studio, CA; Sigma Sound Studio, New York
Styles:
Contemporary R&B, Disco
Release Date:
1980

In 1977, 1978, and 1979, Gladys Knight & the Pips put a lot of effort into recording separately. Minus Knight, the Pips recorded two LPs as a trio (1977's At Last The Pips and 1978's Callin', both on Casablanca), while Knight provided her first two solo albums (1978's Miss Gladys Knight on Buddah/Arista and 1979's Gladys Knight on Columbia). But by 1980, the group itself was their top priority again. The R&B department at Columbia had very high hopes for this album, and they weren't disappointed. Both creatively and commercially, About Love was Gladys Knight & the Pips' most successful album since 1974's I Feel a Song. The people they can thank for the album's excellence are the husband and wife team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who wrote and produced all of the material. The ballad "Landlord" soared to number three on Billboard's R&B singles charts, and the uptempo dance items "Bourgie, Bourgie" (originally recorded by Ashford & Simpson as an instrumental) and "Taste of Bitter Love" also became hits.

Meanwhile, About Love also contains its share of gems that weren't released as singles, including the dramatic "Add It Up" and the smooth "Friendly Persuasion." This impressively consistent LP indicated that Gladys Knight & the Pips still had a lot of life left in them as a group, and sure enough, they stayed together for another ten years before parting company for good in 1990.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Landlord / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips4:32
Taste of Bitter Love / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips4:39
Still Such a Thing / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips5:31
Get the Love / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:41
Add It Up / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:54
Bourgie', Bourgie' / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips4:39
Friendly Persuasion / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips4:39
We Need Hearts / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:57
Landlord [Single Version] / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:44
Taste of Bitter Love [Single Version] / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:42
Bourgie', Bourgie' [Single Version] / Nickolas Ashford / Valerie SimpsonGladys Knight & the Pips3:33

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