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All American Girls

Sister SledgeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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Best known for their work with Chic in the late '70s, siblings Debbie, Kim, Joni, and Kathy Sledge -- collectively Sister Sledge -- reached the height of their popularity during the disco era but had been recording since the early '70s and were still active in the late '90s. The group was formed in Philadelphia in 1971, when the sisters' ages ... Read more in Amazon's Sister Sledge Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B000T9DFBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All American Girls
2. He's Just a Runaway
3. If You Really Want Me
4. Next Time You'll Know
5. Happy Feeling
6. Ooh, You Caught My Heart
7. Make a Move
8. Don't You Let Me Lose It
9. Music Makes Me Feel Good
10. I Don't Want to Say Goodbye

Editorial Reviews

Sister Sledge were an R&B vocal group from Philadelphia consisting of sisters Debra, Joni, Kim & Kathy Sledge. They issued numerous albums throughout the1970's & 1980's. They are best known for their big hit "We Are Family". Even though that album has been issued on CD, most of their other albums have not. We now rectify that situation with the release of seven of their albums, all but one making their worldwide CD debuts

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY ONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION... November 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
...even if it IS wrong! This is EASILY the best Sister Sledge LP and EASILY beats out anything they did after it. And yeah, I might go so far to say that is EASILY beats the previous "Love Somebody" album. But, why is this reissued with the remixed version of "He's Just a Runaway" rather that the rockish, euro-disco version on the original? It was just HOT how "All American Girls" segued right into "He's Just a Runaway". and how that song segued into the next. Three hot numbers right off the bat got this album started right. "Ooh, You Caught My Heart" is another hot, funky number. It is such a shame this is not in print. I really need this on CD. The ballads, are just as nice and some of the girls best. "Next Time You'll Know" and "I Don't Want to Say Goodbye" are standouts. I swear to God, Niles and Bernard of Chic could not write songs this good on their best day. Their lyrics left MUCH to be desired. "We Are Family" was a hit not just because it was a great song, but Kathy's performance just begged this song to be played over and over and over. I think this album sounds as fresh today as it did in 81.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simmering 1st half, lame 2nd half. March 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all, the Rhino CD re-issue I have contains(thankfully) the original version of 'Runaway'. Secondly, the first (or what was side 1 on the LP) half of the album is fantastic. But unfortunately, the post-disco/synth/early new wave flavor of the early '80's, really dooms the second half the CD. The only exception is the closing song- which aptly describes the sister's career after this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical 80s; huge fun November 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Maybe it was the relatively disappointing response to 1980's Love Somebody Today (which I reviewed recently and bought at the same time as this), maybe Bernard and Nile were busy, or maybe the girls just fancied a change but whatever it was, in 1981, it led them to them turn to Narada Michael Walden for their next album. At that time, Walden had already had worked with people like Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana, and had had some success in his own right and as a producer with teenage pop star Stacy Lattisaw. His sound definitely gave the sisters more freedom to move around and express themselves vocally. He also presented them with the opportunity to co-write and co-produce - something I doubt the Chic guys would ever have gone for.

The end result was bright and breezy, with lots of rhythm guitar licks, horns and synthesized strings working alongside the real thing. Walden took inspiration from the Chic sound and is even quoted as saying he wanted his music to be "a melding of Chic's rhythm and vocal trademarks with those of Earth, Wind & Fire's [Phoenix] Horns". He did a great job and tunes like "Next Time You'll Know", "Happy Feeling" and "Don't You Make Me Lose It" could easily have been produced by Chic though in fairness to Walden, they do offer just that little bit extra. The rock-edged "He's Just A Runaway" is the one tune I could've happily done without but my favourite all these years has always been "If You Really Want Me", with its crazy sax solo. All in all though, this is a great album, typical 80s and huge fun to sing along to. I'm glad they decided to reissue it - and with the original album cover this time - as my vinyl copy was getting a bit worn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!!! May 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is definately one of the best of the Sister Sledge albums. All American Girls showcased the fact that these sisters can handle ballads and dance floor jams. The classic title track is simply addictive, with sister Kathy rivaling her "We Are Family" performance. Kathy's other shining moments are "Music Makes Me Feel Good" and the tender ballad "Next Time You'll Know". "Happy Feeling" features eldest sister Debbie offering a vocal as inviting as a tropical breeze. "I Don't Want To Say Goodbye" features Kim in her pop/soul inflections, while sister Joni soars vocally on "Make A Move". Overall, this album is superb and is a must have for Sister Sledge fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Infectious! April 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I think this is one of the best Sister Sledge albums , the 2nd best in my opinion behind "We Are Family" . This one was produced by the genius that is Narada Michael Walden who knows a lot about producing Women(Stacy Lattisaw,Angela Boffill,Aretha,Whitney,Mariah,etc...).You can feel that the ladies had gone from Disco Soul to Funky soul in a very mature way and it shows in one of the album's funkiest tunes"If You Really Want Me:, the music, Kathy's Voice, the arrangement, ...it's sheer pleasure to any die hard fan of old school soul.Love them and always will.

Lance

Beirut,Lebanon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A break from Chic on this one. November 22, 2007
By Winslow
Format:Audio CD
A really fine album that didn't get the much needed attention that it should have especially on R&B radio. I think the single, "All American Girls" was the pop hit that did decent on the charts but aside from that this album produced no other top 10 hit cuts which is a major shame.

I think I read somewhere in which they performed "He's Just a Runaway" with its rock/new wave flavor in front of a black audience and they didn't applaud when the song came to an end. Just silence. They later issued a remake of the song with different arrangements and a more soulful appeal and it did chart well on the soul charts. Some blacks at the time felt the song "All American Girls" didn't take into account the racism and economic injustice that impacted the African-American community. I asume this is why it didn't do well on the soul charts in that it didn't "connect" to black disc jokeys and black audiences. The marketers probably didn't know how to promote the album.

I like how on the first side of the record, there is no pause between each song. Really cool idea for a black album. Not too many black records did this.

However,the fine standout songs are: Next Time You'll Know, If You Really Love Me(the jam--should have been an R&B single), Don't Let me Lose It, He's Just a Runaway, Happy Feeling and Music Makes Me Feel Good.

I strongly suggest that you purchase this newly discovered album from 1981. I strongly suggest.
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