Before Me – Gladys Knight (2006)
June 19, 2008
It took a while but I finally made this purchase. I wanted it when the release was first announced back in 2006. The first few times I went to my local Best Buy it was not in stock and subsequently I just kept forgetting about it.
I’ve listened to it twice now and it wasn’t what I expected but i really like it. By the third listen I will probably be hooked.
I will say that Ms. Night’s foray into singing standards is actually better than the more recent series of compilations done by Rod Stewart and Clive Davis. (Rod’s first was his best IMHO). Ms. Knight puts more “flavor” into the songs. I was hoping that there would actually be even MORE GLADYS but there was something different in her voice in this collection.
She said that she studied these female artists that paved the way for her, hence the title “Before Me,” but in doing so I think her renditions reflect more of the artists she is saluting rather than her own wonderful essence. I so love Ms. Knight and am looking forward to more standard fare from her, but please include your own special being that we so love in your future sets.
All of the songs on this CD are great and the orchestration is superb. Listening to this CD reminds me of the Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole Days when their albums made at Capitol Records were recorded while singing in the studio with an orchestra! It was the real deal. I don’t know if this CD was made that way (since everything is now computerized0 but it sure sounds like it was made the wonderful live “old school” way when singers really knew how to sing and needed no computer enhancement.
You may listen to snippets of all of the songs on the CD at the Verve web page for “Before Me.”
And here is the special video about “The Making of Before Me” that is available as a special bonus when you purchase your CD from Best Buy.
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