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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine (1974)

1. Mr. Welfare Man
2. To Be Invisible
3. On And On
4. The Makings Of You
5. Claudine Theme (Instrumental)
6. Hold On
7. Make Yours A Happy Home
The Claudine movie soundtrack sported the jammin' million-selling single "On and On" by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and featured in the classic 1974 family drama starring Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (Welcome Back Kotter, Alien Nation, Cooley High), it parked at number two R&B for four weeks, going to number five Pop on Billboard's charts in 1974. Claudine is the least celebrated of songwriter/producer Mayfield's soundtrack albums (Superfly, Sparkle), though it's the most poignant of them. "Mr. Welfare Man" lays out the dehumanizing effect of being on welfare, while still being enticing and majestic in its dynamic arrangement. As much airplay as the track garnered, oddly it was never released as a single. "To Be Invisible" spoke to a child character's need to escape her depressing surroundings. Originally recorded by Mayfield on his Curtis LP, "The Makings of You" is a heart-tugging, strings-cushioned ballad that Knight sings wonderfully. Other LP tracks that received airplay are the upbeat, beautiful title track and the sweet "Make Yours a Happy Home," which curiously wasn't issued as a single until 1976. Claudine went gold, hitting number one on the R&B charts in summer 1974. It was reissued on CD by Capitol on June 8, 1999.


Sister Girl said...

Hi there !

I'm new to your site,& I must admit that I'm totally smitten of the fond memories as a child of the 60's that you have displayed here.

Claudine...oh my goodness ! You cannot imagine that I've dubbed this the best soundtrack ever(but that's my opinion). I'm new to Blogger, I applaud you for the excellent work that you've displayed here,& I look forward to more in the future.

Keep it real..


Simon666 said...

Hi guys,
I’ve linked to this page in my post ”The First Annual Benefit for the Congressional Black Caucus (1975)” - it's got the band doing a great live version of "On and On" from this album, as well as Curtis Mayfield, Kool and the Gang etc
All the best,
Simon from Never Enough Rhodes

jcmoss33 said...

Thanks for getting Glady's Knight and the Pips up here!!! Peace

Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog and it's crazy nice. This gladys and pips album is tite..keep up the great work and sharing..

Anonymous said...

This site is great. I am a drummer and have always loved classic Soul, Motown & Funk..Hearing these albums in their entirety is Pure Gold.


PS..Yes, I'm a white guy!

Anonymous said...

this is a really nice site

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