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Special Things

by The Pointer Sisters
 
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

Overview

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 Hard-rocking riffs have been replaced by elastic basslines and bright brass punches on "Could I Be Dreaming," and it's a perfect cushion for Anita Pointer's rich vocals.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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2010
Label:
Ais
UPC:
5013929032224
catalogNumber:
2903222
Rank:
60330

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pointer Sisters   Primary Artist
Burt Bacharach   Keyboards
Tom Snow   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
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   Guitar,Soloist
James Jamerson   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Conductor
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Warren Looney   Flugelhorn
Clarence McDonald   Piano
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Timothy May   Guitar
Don Myrick   Alto Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Lance Ong   Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Clavinet
John Pierce   Bass
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Henry Sigismonti   French Horn
Slyde Hyde   Trombone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
John Barnes   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Nate Watts   Bass,Percussion
Raymond Pounds   Drums

Technical Credits

Pointer Sisters   Vocal Arrangements
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
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Ellison Chase   Composer
Paul Bevoir   Artwork
Colin Elliot   Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Christian John Wikane   Liner Notes
Michael Broojs   Composer
Bill Haberman   Composer
Art Jacobson   Composer

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