Imagination (Expanded Version)
Label: Legacy Recordings
Gladys Knight became a star at Motown but reached her career pinnacle at Buddah Records. Her first album for the '70s powerhouse resulted in the No. 1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia" and two other Top 5 hits. There isn't a bum track on the set, as deep album cuts such as "Storms of Troubled Times" and "Once In A Lifetime Thing" are as beautifully sung, written and produced as the singles. Knight's vocal powers are on par with Aretha Franklin's (yes, she's that under-valued) and quality control remains high when the Pips take center stage.