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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Sweet As 'Sugar'

Being 15 years old in the early '70's I was a naturalized rock fan. Being raised in a house with nothing but jazz playing, I honed my ear. So it came as no surprise when 'The Pointer Sisters' was released that it was the most exciting thing to come down the musical pike in a long time. Harmonies to knock your socks off. A great mix of Rock, R & B, as well as some old (and new) classics. Fast forward... 'thought after a while I'd give this another listen. It's only been about 30 years. But, wouldn't it sound dated? It surely wouldn't stand a chance against my girlish memories, would it? Wrong! The only thing missing is the static of the needle hitting the vinyl. Tight as ever! And yes, 'The Pointer Sisters' 'Cloudburst' is still my favorite version. Blasphemous, I know. My sincere apologies to Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. I highly reccomend giving 'The Pointer Sisters' another spin. Even if it is on CD. You won't be sorry!

A "Cloudburst" Of Talent...

There hasn't been anything like the first incarnation of The Pointer Sisters since they set the standard for female singing groups in this particular part of the Seventies and beyond. Although they were destined for a more pop/rockin' R&B kind of vibe later on in their careers, which would take them very far, of course, they never sounded, looked or wrote better than on their debut. Besides the eponymous classic, Allen Toussaint's infectious "Yes We Can Can," (which could've easily been adapted as the battle cry for the Obama campaign), this contains one of the best semi-a cappela jazz performances I have heard in my life, an all-scatted version of The Crusaders jam "That's How I Feel", written by Wilton Felder, that nearly eclipses the original. Everything else - the mellow and melodic "Jada", the lightning-quick energy of "Cloudburst", the roadhouse, barn-burnin', roof-raisin' Saturday night boogie of "Wang Dang Doodle" - is just rich gravy on top. If you're only going to have one single Pointer Sisters album in your collection, make it this one.

WOW!!! One of the Bestest!!

I can't believe I found this album on itunes. Have had no prior luck. It is one of THE best albums. It's Pointer Sisters music that most people don't know about. Sounds a lot like the Andrews Sisters at times. It bring me back to the good ole days. It might've been the 70's but I listened to this album right along with Jimi Hendrix.


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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