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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Big Break
  • EAN: 5013929043237
  • Catalog Number: 2904323
  • Sales rank: 111,914

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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, 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Mike Reece Mastering
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