oktober 27, 2017

The Pointer Sisters - The Pointer Sisters (1973) - Lp

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s.
Spanning over four decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock.
The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. The group had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985.
The group had its origins when sisters June and Bonnie Pointer began performing in clubs in 1969 as "Pointers, a Pair". The line-up grew to a trio when sister Anita Pointer joined them.
They got a record deal with Atlantic Records and released several unsuccessful singles. The trio grew to a quartet when sister Ruth joined in December 1972. They then signed with Blue Thumb Records, recorded their debut album.


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.
The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and reached number three on the R&B albums chart and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in February 1974.

Side A
A1. Yes We Can Can – 6:02
A2. Cloudburst – 3:12
A3. Jada – 4:40
A4. River Boulevard – 5:52
A5. Old Songs – 4:01

Side B
B1. That’s How I Feel – 7:07
B2. Sugar – 2:19
B3. Pains And Tears – 2:36
B4. Naked Foot – 3:46
B5. Wang Dang Doodle – 7:34

Personnel
Production
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Release: 1973
Genre: Funk / Soul Blues
Format: LP
Length: 46:47 
Label: Blue Thumb Records
Catalog# BTS 48
Prijs: €6,75

Vinyl: Goed
Cover: Voorkant Lichte Stickerschade

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