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Priority

Priority

by The Pointer Sisters
     
 
If the Pointer Sisters caused a puzzled ripple of amazement with the appearance of their rock & roll Planet debut, then they almost certainly broke the dam on 1979's ballsy, bluesed-out Priority. Taking rock covers to the next level and operating still under the guidance of producer Richard

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If the Pointer Sisters caused a puzzled ripple of amazement with the appearance of their rock & roll Planet debut, then they almost certainly broke the dam on 1979's ballsy, bluesed-out Priority. Taking rock covers to the next level and operating still under the guidance of producer Richard Perry, the group delivered another sophisticated set, yet this time barely creaked into the Top 50. Hoping to fuel the flames ignited by the success of their earlier Springsteen cover, "Fire," the Pointer Sisters made sure to take the Boss in tow on this new outing with "She's Got the Fever." Slow and smooth with vocals at the front, the song is the epitome of a late-night, low-light classic. But where things become most interesting is across covers of Ian Hunter's "Who Do You Love," Graham Parker's "Turned Up Too Late," and the Rolling Stones' "Happy." Three grimy rock & roll classics by three grungy bands seemed odd fodder for this R&B group, but not only did the Pointer Sisters hold their own on all counts, their own gospel-influenced vocal styles were surprisingly suited to the material. Elsewhere, a cover of British folkie Richard Thompson's "Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart" is magnificent. The band rounds out the mix with a fabulous reevaluation of Bob Seger's "All Your Love." Priority is a remarkable, cohesive set. Unfortunately, it left many of the band's old fans a little unsure of where the Pointer Sisters were headed next, and not one song from the LP managed to crack the charts. Nevertheless, it's an interesting and vibrant sidestep in the band's development -- before the 1980s took hold and synth-popped them back to the top of the charts.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Big Break
UPC:
5013929043237
catalogNumber:
2904323
Rank:
85397

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pointer Sisters   Primary Artist
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Scott Chambers   Bass
Dan Dugmore   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,E-bow
Bobby Guidotti   Percussion,Tambourine
Rick Marotta   Drums
Bill Payne   Piano
David Spinozza   Slide Guitar
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ,Electric Piano
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Billy Payne   Piano

Technical Credits

Ian Hunter   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Joe Egan   Composer
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
David Palmer   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bill Schnee   Remixing
Bob Seger   Composer
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Composer
Paul Bevoir   Booklet Design,Logo Design
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Christian John Wikane   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Paul Ciulla   Photo Scanning
Andrew Pirie   Photo Scanning
Malcolm McKenzie   Photo Scanning

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