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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B000T9DFBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...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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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.
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Nile Rogers set Sister Sledge’s career on fire with their 1979 album WE ARE FAMILY which was a blockbuster, but the follow up LOVE SOMEBODY TODAY was simply a bust due to the Disco backlash. Narada Michael Walden took over as producer on this 1981 effort called ALL AMERICAN GIRLS, which is a solid album with some great songs on it and definitely worth getting for Sledge fans. The title track is a fantastic anthem, a slick number in the same vein as the funkier, guitar-driven CHIC material, except updated with oh-so-‘80s keyboards and a more urban, “street” sound that wasn’t evident on their last two albums. It segues into a terrific aggressive dance-rocker called HE’S JUST A RUNAWAY which was a real fresh sound for these girls, and showcases how well Kathy’s voice could so quickly adapt to a foreign genre.

IF YOU REALLY WANT ME, OOH YOU CAUGHT MY HEART, MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL GOOD and MOVE BABY are all red-hot R&B dance songs that would have fit right in at the clubs alongside Rick James and the SOS Band in 1981. The ballads here are nothing special (DON’T YOU LET ME LOSE IT fares best) compared to earlier ones and that prevents this from being a truly excellent album.

An underrated album that shows much better songwriting than CHIC’s 1981 release TAKE IT OFF which only contained two good songs, proving Sister Sledge were more than just the work of one strong producer. This is a good transitional album that won’t alienate fans of their signature sound yet shows how they embraced a new decade with some new sounds and style. FOUR STARS.
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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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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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