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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
Taking everything back a notch from 1979's rock & roll Priority LP, the Pointer Sisters slid into mellower waters, pulling from a pool of Burt Bacharach- and Carole Bayer Sager-penned numbers that were well suited to the re-emergence of the group's R&B stylings. And fans obviously liked what they heard, as the album climbed into the Top 20 in the summer of 1980. Hard-rocking riffs have been replaced by elastic basslines and bright brass punches on "Could I Be Dreaming," and it's a perfect cushion for Anita Pointer's rich vocals. A little further on, "Evil" keeps the brass and loops in some wah-wah guitar riffs, while June Pointer's passionate delivery blisters ...
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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
Taking everything back a notch from 1979's rock & roll Priority LP, the Pointer Sisters slid into mellower waters, pulling from a pool of Burt Bacharach- and Carole Bayer Sager-penned numbers that were well suited to the re-emergence of the group's R&B stylings. And fans obviously liked what they heard, as the album climbed into the Top 20 in the summer of 1980. Hard-rocking riffs have been replaced by elastic basslines and bright brass punches on "Could I Be Dreaming," and it's a perfect cushion for Anita Pointer's rich vocals. A little further on, "Evil" keeps the brass and loops in some wah-wah guitar riffs, while June Pointer's passionate delivery blisters through the melee in this funk rock hybrid. And, of course, there are several wonderful down-tempo numbers, including the sleepy "This Love Is Too Good to Last" and "Here Is Where Your Love Belongs." But what shoved this LP up the charts was the smash "He's So Shy," which gave the band a number three hit. Now classic Pointer Sisters, the song edged out of the set and defined the more pop-oriented direction the band would take as the new decade gathered steam. Slow, sensual, and slightly melancholy, it brought synthesizers to the front of the action, putting the band smack in the middle of a musical revolution that itself was on the verge of explosion. Their timing couldn't have been better. [Wounded Bird's 2007 reissue featured one bonus track.]
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  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140598829
  • Catalog Number: 5988

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pointer Sisters Primary Artist
Burt Bacharach Keyboards
June Pointer Vocals
Tom Snow Synthesizer, Keyboards
Anita Pointer Vocals
Ben Bridges Guitar
Ollie E. Brown Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
James Gadson Drums
Larry Gittens Trumpet
Mark Goldenberg Guitar
Gary Grant Horn
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jay Hutson Alto Flute, Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Soloist
James Jamerson Jr. Bass
Ricky Lawrence Drums
Trevor Lawrence Conductor
Ricky Lawson Drums
Warren Looney Flugelhorn
Clarence McDonald Piano
Steve Madaio Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Don Myrick Alto Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Lance Ong Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Clavinet
John Pierce Bass
Ruth Pointer Vocals
Raymond Lee Pounds Drums
Slyde Hyde Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Nathan Watts Bass, Percussion
David E. Williams Guitar
John Barnes Keyboards, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Bill Champlin Composer
June Pointer Composer
Tom Snow Arranger, Composer
Anita Pointer Composer
Bob Esty Composer
Marlo Henderson Composer
Trevor Lawrence Composer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Geoffrey Leib Composer
Larry Lingle Composer
Richard Perry Producer
Ruth Pointer Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Michael Brooks Composer
Ellison Chase Composer
Arthur Jacobson Composer
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