Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Claudine - O.S.T.
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
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One of the groups best!
The Fancy One | 08/31/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This collection is beloved among Gladys Knight & The Pips fans. Released in 1974 (and reportedly recorded in a weekend's time), while the group was at the height of its fame. With producer/writer/artist Curtis Mayfield at the helm, Claudine was the soundtrack to the motion picture starrring Diahann Caroll and James Earl Jones. The movie told the story of a black woman struggling to raise her children, keep the bills paid and find love. Mayfield gave the group songs like "To Be Invisible" which described the psychic toll of racism, and "Mr. Welfare" about the insidious ways the system can keep a good woman down. The determined authority of Knight's voice was perfect for these songs. But the strongest tunes dealt with the struggle of loving. The organ intro to "Hold On" sets the tone for a sermon. And Gladys is more than up to the task of delivering one. She is at once Claudine and Claudine's counselor. "You're no different than any other girl," she warns. "You're man is the same as every man in the world...so hold on." The big hit was "On And On", a nitty-gritty stomper, with expert interplay between Gladys and the guys. Listen closely and hear Gladys chuckle with satisfaction as the song fades out. "The Makings Of You" is Gladys at her most tender and sensual. "Make Yours A Happy Home" is a buoyant album closer."
A phenomenal soundtrack....
The Fancy One | Westchester County, NY | 11/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"....that NEEDS to be re-issued, remastered on CD. I vividly remember this movie and the music from when I was a child growing up in the '70s, and it is one that has stayed with me all these years. I love the movie "Claudine" and I have it on DVD but I don't own the soundtrack. I watch the movie partly just to hear the music.
Gladys, the Pips and the late, GREAT Curtis Mayfield (who had done excellent scores and soundtracks of several black films in the '70s, all wonderfully important and memorable) were a perfect combination. Gladys' vocals captivate you, and Curtis' soulful and heartfelt production of the music is SOUL PERSONIFIED!! I'll take this anyday over the garbage today that is being peddled as R&B. PLEASE...get this soundtrack back out there on CD for us fans of classic R&B to enjoy! I will be the FIRST to buy it."
Another Curtis Mayfield Masterpiece/ Glady's is the baddest!
A. R SCOTT | Houston, Texas | 10/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a another Masterpiece by Curtis Mayfield this is an awesome producer, composer, and songwriter. This is a great soundtrack every single track is solid this is a great great compilation of music sung by none other than the Immaculate Glady's Knight she is another music crooner who cannot ever be replaced with her beauty, style, grace, and talent that she displays this is an awesome soundtrack just like the movie great evey song every track is solid!!!!! Curtis Mayfield is still one of those African- American men that still makes us proud and I will always remember him .... Curtis you are not gone and you will never be forgotten !!!! I love every song on this album: Make yours a happy home, Mr. Welfare, On and On, and to be invisible, and many more so buy this album it is great if you like this movie then you would love this cd and I would truly recommend anyone who is a fan of Glady's Knight or Curtis Mayfield....."