Imagination (Gladys Knight & the Pips album)

Studio album by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Released October 1973
Recorded Venture Sound Studios
(Somerville, New Jersey)
Bell Sound Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul
Length 36:55
Label Buddah
Producer Tony Camillo, Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise, Gladys Knight, Bubba Knight, William Guest, Edward Patten
Gladys Knight & the Pips chronology
All I Need Is Time
Singles from Imagination
  1. "Midnight Train to Georgia"
    Released: August 1973
  2. "I've Got to Use My Imagination"
    Released: November 1973
  3. "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"
    Released: February 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Robert ChristgauB [2]
Rolling Stone(not rated) [3]

Imagination is the eleventh studio album recorded by American R&B group Gladys Knight & the Pips, released in October 1973 on the Buddah label. The album, the group's first for Buddah after leaving Motown, includes their first and only Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "Midnight Train to Georgia", which also reached number-one on the R&B singles chart.

The album also produced other the successful singles, including "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me", with both songs peaking at number-one on the R&B singles chart and top five on the Billboard Hot 100, and the moderately successful single "Where Peaceful Waters Flow". The album was also their second studio album to make the top ten on the Billboard 200 and their second of five R&B albums chart-toppers.

Track listing

All tracks written by Jim Weatherly, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight Train to Georgia"   4:38
2. "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg) 3:29
3. "Storms of Troubled Times"   3:44
4. "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"   3:45
5. "Once in a Lifetime Thing"   3:41
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Where Peaceful Waters Flow"   4:24
7. "I Can See Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash) 4:28
8. "Perfect Love" (Paul Williams) 2:37
9. "Window Raisin' Granny" (William Guest, Gladys Knight, Merald Knight, Edward Patten) 6:09


Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 9
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Chart positions[4]
1973 "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" 28 6 18
"Midnight Train to Georgia" 1 1 19 10
"I've Got to Use My Imagination" 4 1
1974 "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" 3 1 10 7

See also


  1. Wynn, Ron. Imagination review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. Christgau, Robert. "Imagination review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  3. Gersten, Russell. "Imagination review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  4. 1 2 "US Charts > Gladys Knight & the Pips". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. "UK Charts > Gladys Knight & the Pips". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-16.

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