SoulMusic Records’ anthologies of contemporary and classic R&B and soul bring together hits, rarities, and deep cuts to showcase the careers of overlooked and legendary performers. Today (or next Friday, February 22 in the U.S.), the label continues the trend with a new Gladys Knight and The Pips collection, On And On: The Buddha/Columbia Anthology and a compilation of Regina Belle’s ’80s and ’90s material called Show Me The Way: The Columbia Anthology.
On And On is a hit-packed 2-CD set featuring Gladys Knight and The Pips’ post-Motown work on Buddah (on Disc One) and Columbia (on Disc Two). With a whopping 37 tracks, the set is a definitive look at over a decade of great music. The first disc features the timeless Jim Weatherly-penned classics “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” and 18 other Buddah-era tracks, including over a dozen charted singles and an alternate version of “Make Yours A Happy Home” from the soundtrack for Claudine.
Disc Two showcases the group’s five-year tenure at Columbia, which found them reuniting with writers-producers-Motown alumni Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson on hits like “Landlord” and “Taste of Bitter Love.” The set also includes their version of the future pop standard “Wind Beneath My Wings,” as well as “You’re Number One (In My Book)” and “Save The Overtime (For Me).”
Together the two discs make up a comprehensive collection of Gladys Knight and The Pips favorites, bringing together the two eras for the first time. With all their U.S. hits from that 12-year period, plus a 20-page booklet with new liner notes by Kevin Goins and new remastering by Nick Robbins, this set is sure to please any fan of the legendary Gladys Knight and The Pips.
Due for release on the same day is Regina Belle’s Show Me The Way: The Columbia Anthology. The 2-CD collection brings together 29 tracks drawn from four albums that she recorded at the label between 1987 and 1995. Among them are beloved tracks like “So Many Tears,” “Show Me The Way,” and “If I Could,” as well as choice covers of Philly soul classics (“I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Love T.K.O.,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New”) and the No. 1 R&B hits “Baby Come To Me and “Make It Like It Was.” Rounding out the set are duets with James “J.T.” Taylor (“All I Want Is Forever”), Johnny Mathis (“Better Together”), and Peabo Bryson (“I Can’t Imagine”), plus the 1987 “Cool Mix” version of “So Many Tears.” While her popular (and Disney-controlled) Aladdin duet with Bryson, “A Whole New World,” is absent, these tracks showcase Belle’s vocal talents and her versatility as an interpreter of popular song. The collection includes a 20-page booklet with new liner notes by Kevin Goins with quotations from producers and collaborators such as Nick Martinelli, Narada Michael Walden, and Barry Eastmond.
So get ready for these stellar SoulMusic compilations, available today in the U.K. and next Friday, February 22 in the U.S.! Scroll down to find the full track listings for both collections, as well as pre-order links to secure your copy.
Disc 1: The Makings of You – The Buddha Years (1973-1978)
- The Way We Were / Try to Remember
- Midnight Train to Georgia
- I’ve Got to Use My Imagination
- Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
- Where Peaceful Waters Flow
- On and On
- To Be Invisible
- The Makings of You
- Make Yours a Happy Home (Alternate Mix)
- I Feel a Song (In My Heart)
- Love Finds Its Own Way
- The Need to Be
- Part Time Love
- So Sad The Song
- (Everybody’s Got To) Find a Way
- Little Bit of Love
- Baby Don’t Change Your Mind
- Walk Softly
- Come Back and Finish What You Started
- It’s a Better than Good Time
Disc 2: We Need Hearts – The Columbia Years (1980-1985)
- Taste of Bitter Love
- Still Such a Thing
- Get The Love
- Add It Up
- Bourgie’, Bourgie’
- We Need Hearts
- I Will Fight
- A Friend of Mine
- Reach High
- When You’re Far Away
- Save The Overtime (For Me)
- You’re Number One (In My Book)
- You’ve Got My Word On That
- Kiss Away The Pain
- Hero (a/k/a Wind Beneath My Wings)
Disc 1, track 1 from Buddah Records single BDA-463-N, 1974.
Disc 1, tracks 2-5 from Imagination, Buddah Records LP BDS 5141, 1973.
Disc 1, track 6 from Presenting Gladys Knight & The Pips, Buddah Records LP BDS1, 1974.
Disc 1, tracks 6-8 from Claudine: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Buddah Records LP BDS 5602, 1974.
Disc 1, track 9 from I Feel A Song: Expanded Edition, Funkytowngrooves CD FTG 343, 2013.
Disc 1, tracks 10-12 from I Feel A Song, Buddah Records LP BDS 5612, 1974.
Disc 1, track 13 from 2nd Anniversary, Buddah Records LP BDS 5639, 1975.
Disc 1, tracks 14-15 from Pipe Dreams: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Buddah Records LP 5676, 1976.
Disc 1, tracks 16-18 from Still Together, Buddah Records BDS 5689, 1977.
Disc 1, tracks 19 and 20 from The One and Only…, Buddah Records LP BDS 5701, 1978.
Disc 2, tracks 1-7 from About Love, Columbia LP JC 36387, 1980.
Disc 2, tracks 8-10 from Touch, Columbia LP FC 37096, 1981.
Disc 2, tracks 11-14, and 17 from Visions, Columbia LP FC 38205, 1983.
Disc 2, tracks 15-16 from Visions: Deluxe Edition, Funkytowngrooves CD FTG 384, 2013.
Disc 1: So Many Tears
- You Got the Love (Remix)
- Gotta Give It Up
- Good Lovin’
- How Could You Do It to Me (Remix)
- Show Me the Way
- Please Be Mine
- After the Love Has Lost Its Shine
- Baby Come to Me
- Intimate Relations
- This Is Love
- All I Want Is Forever – James “J.T.” Taylor & Regina Belle
- Make It Like It Was
- It Doesn’t Hurt Anymore
- What Goes Around
- So Many Tears
Disc 2: Dream In Color
- Do You Wanna Get Serious
- Quiet Time
- Someday We’ll All Be Free/Save the Children
- If I Could
- Dream in Color
- Better Together – with Johnny Mathis
- Could It Be I’m Falling in Love
- Love T.K.O.
- I’ll Be Around
- You Make Me Feel Brand New
- I Can’t Imagine – Peabo Bryson (Feat. Regina Belle)
- So Many Tears (Cool Mix)
Disc 1, track 1 extended David Todd remix from You Got The Love 12″ single, CBS REBE T1, 1987.
Disc 1, tracks 2, 5-7, 9, and 15 from All By Myself, Columbia LP C 40537, 1987.
Disc 1, tracks 3, 8, 10-14; Disc 2, track 5 from Stay With Me, Columbia CD CK44367, 1989.
Disc 1, track 4 from How Could You Do It To Me 12″ single, Columbia 44-07587, 1987.
Disc 2, tracks 1-4, 6-7 from Passion, Columbia CD CK48826, 1993.
Disc 2, track 8 from Johnny Mathis’ Better Together: The Duet Album, Columbia CD CK47982, 1991.
Disc 2, tracks 9-12 from Reachin’ Back, Columbia CD CK66813, 1995.
Disc 2, track 13 from Peabo Bryson, Can You Stop The Rain, Columbia CD CK46823, 1991.
Disc 2, track 14 from So Many Tears 12″ single, Columbia 4407458, 1987.