“You’re the landlord and the keeper of our love“
The flashback on Gladys Knight & The Pips has been a longtime in the making because I could not find the album cover photos so I took a photo of them myself. You like? The About Love (1980) and Touch (1981) albums are two of my favorite Gladys Knight and The Pips album. Both albums were produced by Ashford and Simpson.
About Love yielded the hit songs “Landlord”, “Taste of Bitter Love”, “Still Such A Thing”, and “Bourgie, Bourgie” (which was originally an instrumental on Ashford and Simpson’s Send It album.) This album is out of print and was never released on CD but several of its songs can be found on the compilations, The Best of Gladys Knight & The Pips and Gladys Knight & The Pips – Live at the Roxy.
“I will fight, to the end
If it means our love will win
I will do, do my best
Put me to, any test”
Touch was the first Gladys Knight & The Pips album that I owned. I got it the same year it came out and I can remember sitting by the stereo with the headphones on playing “I Will Fight” over and over again. Even when I play it now, I have to repeat it a couple of times. I am a huge fan of Valerie Simpson’s piano playing and she was very prominent on this track. This album was more consistent in the selection of songs than About Love. Hits included “I Will Fight”, “If That’ll Make You Happy”, “A Friend of Mine”, “God Is”, and Gladys’ live version of “I Will Survive.”
I saw Gladys Knight & The Pips in concert for my 20th birthday. They gave a spectacular performance and it is a concert that I will always treasure. After the concert, I bought a Gladys Knight & The Pips t-shirt. Their hit song at the time was “Save The Overtime (For Me)” and I had “Save The Overtime For James” done in lettering on the back of my t-shirt. I wish I had saved that t-shirt. Enjoy your music.