Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters

by The Pointer Sisters
     
 
With a big push from their Blue Thumb label, who introduced the band by way of a full-page ad in Billboard magazine, the Pointer Sisters took their eponymous debut straight to the top of the R&B charts in summer 1973 on the strengths of their penchant for mixing classic '60s R&B with fresh forward-thinking grooves. Add the sisters' harmonies and complex vocal moves,

Overview

With a big push from their Blue Thumb label, who introduced the band by way of a full-page ad in Billboard magazine, the Pointer Sisters took their eponymous debut straight to the top of the R&B charts in summer 1973 on the strengths of their penchant for mixing classic '60s R&B with fresh forward-thinking grooves. Add the sisters' harmonies and complex vocal moves, and there's no doubt the group was destined for a fast rise. Produced by David Rubinson, The Pointer Sisters contained effusive covers that cradled two of the Pointers' own compositions. That remarkable combo, then, allowed the Allen Toussaint classic "Yes We Can Can" to rub shoulders with the original "Jada," a boogie blues-shaded slab of jazz, and a perfect fingerprint of the eclectic style that would define the Pointers' core. That same bent also allowed them to give equal energy to the Willie Dixon gem "Wang Dang Doodle," a song which quickly became a live set favorite, and also to their own "Sugar." Other high points include "River Boulevard," a mid-tempo vocal that gives way to a light rock riot. It was easy to see exactly where the Pointer Sisters were headed. With talent to spare and an energy that was fresh and unending, this set emerges a cohesive and joyous cabaret, allowing the quartet to do what it does best. Listening to these earliest gems, it's no surprise, then, that the band would spend the better part of the next two decades in the charts.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0076743137723
catalogNumber:
31377
Rank:
9079

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pointer Sisters   Primary Artist
Bonnie Pointer   Vocals
Ron McClure   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
June Pointer   Vocals
Eddie Marshall   Drums
Anita Pointer   Vocals
Glen Ballard   Synthesizer
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Joe Crane   Piano,Keyboards
Rod Ellicott   Bass
Willie Fulton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerome Kimsey   Drums
Norman Landsberg   Piano,Keyboards
Skip Mesquite   Saxophone
Dexter C. Plates   Bass
Ruth Pointer   Vocals
John Rewind   Guitar
Tom Salisbury   Piano,Keyboards
Brock Walsh   Synthesizer
Ed Marshall   Drums

Technical Credits

Pointer Sisters   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Fred Catero   Engineer
Norman Landsberg   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
David Rubinson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Geoff Horne   Engineer
B. Good   Arranger

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