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Platinum & Gold Collection: The Pointer Sisters

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Album Review

Like Kool & the Gang and a handful of other contemporaries, the Pointer Sisters' career can be divided in half, with popular success in the late '70s and '80s preceded by a lengthy period grounded in less-commercial roots. Just the same, it's the Pointers' pop-oriented phase that has been compiled the most. Their entry in the Platinum & Gold Collection series recycles all the hits that you'd expect — "Jump (For My Love)," "I'm So Excited," "Neutron Dance," "Slow Hand," "He's So Shy," "Automatic" — and includes 12" mixes of "Gold Mine" and "I Need You." The group was hardly in need of another set like this one. But as far as cheap introductions are considered, this is one of the best options available.


Formed: 1971 in Oakland, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Pointer Sisters were as chameleonic as David Bowie, if not more so. The sibling group backed Grace Slick and Boz Scaggs, made stops at Sesame Street and the Grand Ole Opry, won a country Grammy, and appeared in the movie Car Wash, all before scoring four consecutive Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hits in the mid-‘80s. From their early ‘70s releases on Blue Thumb through their ‘80s commercial run on Planet and RCA, the Pointers moved through boogie-woogie, bebop, blues, country, funk, disco, soft rock,...
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