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BeatTips MusicStudy: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “To Be Invisible”

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Curtis Mayfield-Produced Masterpiece Embodies Soul

By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)

From the soundtrack to the movie, Claudine, one of my top 3 favorite movies of ALL time, “To Be Invisible”—score written and produced by Curtis Mayfield—is an incredibly moving piece of soul music. Curtis Mayfield’s arrangement showcases Gladys Knight & The Pips best qualities, specifically, The Pips’ tonal harmony, and Gladys Knight’s arresting lounge-style vocalization.

The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Gladys Knight & The Pips – “To Be Invisible,” (written and produced by Curtis Mayfield)


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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual