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That's A-Plenty [Original recording remastered]

Pointer SistersAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000BPL3ZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Anita, Bonnie, Jean and Ruth Pointer formed their eponymous band in Oakland, California in the Seventies and proceeded to draw quite successfully upon a remarkably wide variety of musical influences, from Tin Pan Alley to soul to country. Their fourth album, Steppin', came out in the summer of 1975 and launched with a classic: "How Long (Betcha' Got A Chick On The Side)," a funk-laden groove that soared to the top of the R&B charts and just grazed the Top 20 on the pop side. The other tune that got a little traction on the pop charts was another funky track, this time from the pen of Allen Toussaint: "Going Down Slowly." The sisters pay tribute to Duke Ellington in a medley called "I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues," and then take a page from the Andrews Sisters' stylebook in "Save The Bones For Henry Jones.". But perhaps the emotional core of the album is the ballad "Wanting Things," a sweet and evocative interlude between the album's high energy pop and funk tracks. Producer David Rubinson, who had worked extensively with Herbie Hancock during the early Seventies, brought the jazz keyboardist in to guest on clavinet, and the nearly ubiquitous Wah Wah Watson added his trademark guitar sound to the mix. Lastly, you gotta love the cover's illustration of hi-heel sneakers, Seventies style. It would be two more years before the country was full-on in the throes of Saturday Night Fever, but the Pointers were definitely fashion-forward.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel........ March 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album of Pointer Sisters, my father bought this album (Vinyl)as a rarity in a shop in 1977. When I started to listen the tunes was amazing. The support of excellent musicians like Herbie Hancock, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Blood, Sweat & Tears bassist Ron McClure gave a special atmosphere to the album. For anyone I recommend this album of Jazz, Blues and beyond. Thanks to Japan for giving us a gift like this...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLENTY OF FUN!! March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I agree with reviewer Roderick Keech that Hip-oselect has done a superb job remastering this vintage Pointer Sisters' album. It sounds clear and has plenty of bass, as though the album was recorded yesterday.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Pointer Sisters earlier work, when there was four of them, the work that pre-dates their big hits like HE'S SO SHY, FIRE, JUMP, and I'M SO EXCITED (among others)...you're in for a treat.

The Pointer Sisters blue thumb recordings almost defied categorization. Some of it was funky (LOVE IN THEM THERE HILLS), while others were jazzy-big band orchestrations (LITTLE PONY)... And yet still others, were soft-bluesy ballads (BLACK COFFEE)--including country (FAIRYTALE). You would think that an album with this much variation would fall apart. However, listening to the cd/album of THAT'S A PLENTY all these varied musical styles fuse perfectly together, and that's due to the Pointers' laser like harmonies and singing.

The songs on this album are very different from their big hits from the late 70s and earlier 80s (including the songs from their monster album BREAKOUT on Planet). Although the music is very different, it is somehow the same. Perhaps it's because every song has that Pointer Sister stamp on it...that signature sound that people can hear and go that must be so-and-so.

Anyway, whatever it is, this album is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I love all the songs on this album but the one that really stands out for me is SALT PEANUTS. The song is sung very fast and is a classic jazz song written by Dizzy Gillespie. The Pointers sing, scat, and swing their way through that song with blistering speed! I don't know what they're singing about in SALT PEANUTS, but every time I hear it, I laugh and smile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-O-Select lead the way in remastering January 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Here is a perfect example of what engineers are capable of these days. The craftsmen at Hip-O-Select have bestowed their incredible talents on remastering all the Pointer Sisters Blue Thumb/ABC catalog - this title, Steppin', Having a party, and Live at the Opera House. It is a revelation to hear these 30 year old recordings in such pristine sound. Most, if not all these 2006 remasters are un-numbered limited releases of 5000 copies only, so don't leave your run too late if you want to pick one of these up at a reasonable price. As for this album, there isn't a dud track on it - superb pre-Planet Pointers. Talking about Planet, maybe the gurus at SONY/BMG will finally get around to giving the Pointer's Planet catalog the same deluxe treatment, and remaster and release Energy 1978, Priority 1979, Special Things 1980 and Black and White 1981 - while a different type of Pointer to the Blue Thumb works, punters are sick of endless best-ofs and compilations coming out. Just a pity that Hip-O-Select don't have access to the Planet recordings !!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Their Best November 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Finally! Even though it had to come from Japan (excellent remastering) it was worth the wait. The CD shows the Pointers at their best: funk, nostagia, jazz and blues. For A CD you will never get bored with, buy this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish It Weren't So Expensive November 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my absolute favorite Pointer Sisters' album. I bought it when it came out, and have pretty much worn out my vinyl copy to the point where it skips during "Little Pony." The "Best of Blue Thumb..." has many of these tracks--but NOT my two favorites: Shaky Flat Blues and Little Pony. Those two tracks are worth the price. Thank you Japan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you want August 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the best CD of the Pointer Sister's early stuff. Though definately not to everybody's taste, you will not be disappointed here if you like The Manhatten Transfer or the early Bette Midler camp stuff. It sounds as fresh today as it did the day I opened up its vinyl recording sleeve in the 1970's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album July 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was my absolute favorite album in college in the 70's. I was amazed at how quickly it went out of print. New vinyl was unavailable by about 1976 and it never went to cd until the Japanese release. I found a very clean copy of the vinyl a couple of years ago and buned it to CD, several of these tunes still send shivers up my spine.
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