Break Out: Deluxe Expanded Edition Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the R&B/Pop trio's 1983 album. Aptly titled, Break Out was the sisters' 10th studio album and remains the biggest selling full-length of their career. This double disc edition is jam packed with original mixes of album tracks as well as the later mixes plus bonus extended tracks and more. Includes the hit singles. 'Automatic', 'Jump (For My Love)', 'I'm So Excited' and 'I Need You'. 34 tracks. BBR. 2011.
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CD1: September 1984 Reissue Edition
1. Jump (For my Love)
2. Automatic / I'm So Excited
3. I Need You
4. Neutron Dance
5. Dance Electric
6. Easy Persuasion
7. Baby Come And Get It
8. Telegraph Your Love
10. Automatic (12" Special Remix)
11. Jump (For my Love 12" Long Version)
12. I Need You (UK 12" Special Remix)
13. I'm So Excited (12" Remix)
14. Neutron Dance (12" Remix)
15. Baby Come And Get It (12" Extended Version)
CD2: Original October 1983 Edition
1. Jump (Original Mix)
3. Baby Come And Get It
4. I Need You
5. Dance Electric
6. Neutron Dance
7. Easy Persuasion
9. Telegraph Your Love
10. Operator (Original Mix)
11. I Need You (Single Remix)
12. Automatic (Single Edit)
13. Jump (For My Love Single Remix)
14. I'm So Excited (Single Remix)
15. Neutron Dance (Single Edit)
16. Baby Come And Get It (Single Edit)
17. I Need You (USA 12" mix)
18. Jump (For My Love 12" Instrumental Mix)
When I first heard hints that BBR had BREAK OUT on their list of reissues, I was over-joyed. This was my favorite Pointer Sisters album when I was a pre-teen, literally piquing my interest in pop/r&b/rock music, and I have owned it on cassette, record, and CD. I thought that at most, the reissue would include the original album, plus the 12-inch singles that were previously released on The Pointer Sisters - Greatest Hits. In fact, I would've been happy with just a remastered copy and a few extra-tracks!
But Big Break Records went above and beyond what would've made us fans happy, and produced a stellar 2-CD set that features not only the 12-inch extended versions of the hit singles like "Jump (For My Love)," "Automatic," "I'm So Excited," and "Neutron Dance," among others, it also includes alternate versions of the songs, and the 1983 release of BREAK OUT, with the song "Nightline," and the 1984 re-release -- the one I had -- that replaced "Nightline" with "I'm So Excited." I didn't even know there were two different versions of the album.
For those unfamiliar with BREAK OUT or THE POINTER SISTERS, this album was a huge hit for them in the 80s and spawned 4 top ten hits in the USA and garnered them a new generation of fans like myself. Every track on the album was fantastic and the album was solid throughout. It had a dance/electro pop feel (that was very popular in the 80s), almost bordering on new wave, but it never went too far into that 80's synth sound, and it doesn't sound dated listening to it today. Each song is likable, whether a ballad (though there are only two of those) or uptempo dance tunes, and that's really in part to the remarkable talent and sound of Ruth, June, and Anita. And each sister gets to handle lead vocals throughout so there's a wonderful mix here.
The 2-CD set comes housed in fold out box with album cover art reproduced and a booklet. The booklet has an introduction by famed music producer Richard Perry who produced this album and was responsible for marrying the Pointer Sisters' halleluiah-church-like vocals with a hard rock beat on their first pairing with 1978's Energy (not that they needed any help since the Pointers were fully adept to sing almost any type of music from jazz to rock to country to Broadway show tunes to funk). And there's also extensive liner notes by the associate producer on this reissue, writer Christian John Wikane. Both were written in June 2011, and the booklet contains song credits, discography (chart) positions, and color pictures from the BREAK OUT photo shoot and the covers of the singles from various places. The lyrics aren't included, but I'm sure you can find them on the net.
Needless to say, the remastering is fabulous and breathes new life into this classic album. The bass is punchy, the treble is clear, and it sounds as though these songs were recorded yesterday. It's not just louder it's alive with sound! Even on my computer speakers the sound separation is remarkable, sounding as though I'm in the recording booth with them.
If you're a fan of the Pointer Sisters then you should definitely pick this one up. There's enough new stuff here that even if you own the older release of "Break Out" on CD this new BBR version is worth the investment.
And a special shout-out to BREAK OUT's reissue producer, Wayne A. Dickson! Without whom many of these classics would've long been forgotten (but not to us fans).
This is a must-get CD, if you love the Pointers like I do. Trust me, you will love it.
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