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Best of the Pointer Sisters

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Genre: Popular Music
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Release Date: 22-FEB-2000

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00004KD2H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DP on October 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This collection epitomizes the most viably commericial peak of the trio's greatest hits that spans from 1978 to 1987. The collection follows the crossover success of their early 1970's output that ranges from the country and western "Fairytale" (which earned them a grammy award in 1974) to the funky #1 rhythm and blues track "How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side), recorded 1 year later. The album highlights the pop and soul sensibiiites of Anita, Ruth, and June's sensuous vocals under the impeccable production of Richard Perry (who worked with the gamut of artists such as Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand), who became celebrity in his own right.
This is a fun, emotional ride into the highly synthesized 1980's as the Pointer Sisters became divas from being frequent guests on television musical variety specials to a regular visual video music queens during the dawn of early MTV/music television. What I love about these performances is that they are filled with so many memorable hooks, beautiful harmonizing, and reflect an innocent time in pop culture history.
The album opens with "Fire," a smoldering interpretation of the Bruce Springsteen classic. There have been several attempts to cover this song since (the most recent a duet between Babyface and Desree), but no artist even came close to matching the Pointer's soulful treatment. They made the remake their very own, becoming an important crossover for them, and it burned up the charts(#2).
The trio covered songwriter Alan Trouissant's "Happiness" with ease and finesse. "He's So Shy" is another radio friendly top 10 hit(#3) that hightlights their beautiful, unmistakenable harmonies.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By guillermoj on December 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These days the music industry complains of falling sales when instead of releasing 10 different "greatest hits" versions by the same artist (which generally exclude songs that you really want to hear) while increasing prices, they should focus on getting "IT" right.
"IT" to me is this CD. I love the Pointer Sisters and this CD has all the songs that I want to hear with no filler or missing songs. While it's a full priced CD, it's worth every cent and much better than the budget releases that allege to be greatest hits.
Generally in reviews, I focus on the music itself, but here the review is easy. If you love the Pointer Sisters and you want to hear their greatest hits, you need not look elsewhere. Enjoy!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the 1990's many girl groups seemed to break out with ease and indefinite form. Surprisingly, groups like The Spice Girls, Destiny's Child, Cleopatra, all conquered the brand of girl power to a overrated plane on the radio. But in the 1970's and the 1980's, nobody seemed to conquer that feat like The Pointer Sisters. They remain as one of the original pioneers of the girl groups of today, but a lot of people think of the sisters as a throwback act.
The 2000 Greatest Hits album, is a reflection of the girl's legendary climax, with a bit more to squeeze at. Each song still sounds as fresh and exciting, as it was the 1970's and 1980's all over again. The collection includes the hits Jump, I'm So Excited, Fire, He's So Shy, and Neutron Dance. Each song will get you jumping, and desiring for what a lot of the so-called "Corporate Pop" groups lack, true soul.
Today, The Pointer Sisters are still recording and performing, but the music still remains just as simple, from a group that made so many records, from being the first African-American girl group to perform at The Grand Old Opry, to winning acclaim from new fans everywhere that are just so excited.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Lawrence on May 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd contains all the Pointer Sister pop hits from FIRE(1979) thru GOLDMINE(1986). To me, the BREAKOUT album most represents 80's dance synth pop and this CD has all the hits from from it. Their voices cannot be matched by anything current including the likes of TLC or Destiny's Child. NO CONTEST!!Definitely a greatest hits collection that is worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There was a time that if you wanted to get their biggest hits on one album, you had to pick-up their huge album "Break Out", which was just that. Now we have numerous collections, and this is the best of those. This collection even has 6 of the 10 tracks from "Break Out", all easily known by any radio listener. But of course they had other hits as well, and this collects those songs from before and since their peak, and all remastered. I don't normally listen to a group like this, but I can't deny it's catchy and I like it. After one play you'll be quickly reminded that there were great R&B/pop girl groups well before En Vogue and Destiny's Child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on July 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of a MILLION Pointer Sisters greatest hits

sets floating around out there but THIS one includes an unforgettable classic-the synth bass-driven 80's funk jam of

"If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady" from the trio's fantastic

1982 album 'So Excited' (sadly out-of-print).I know it's considered an album cut but if your gonna have "I'm So Excited",

"American Music","Heart To Heart" on a compilation you've GOT

to have that one too!I'd reissue 'So Excited' in itself-it's

one of the Pointer Sisters most consistant albums next to the

classic 'Break Out!' and should be available right alongside it!

But for those without a dose of Anita,Ruth and June in their

collections should pick this up!It's got the sass,the pop,the

funk and the whole overall package!
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