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When the Boys Meet the Girls

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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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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B000T9DFEA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even though this album wasn't a massive hit, certainly not by the standards of the brilliant Nile Rodgers who produced it, it's worth every penny. This album sort of fell between the cracks, perhaps it wasn't promoted properly but it certainly seems to be somewhat forgotten. "Frankie" became a big hit in Europe but in the USA, the album didn't do much. I give it 5 stars because you can hear the hand of Nile Rodgers in every song together with his signature funky guitar. The songs all have great hooks and get better each time you listen to them.
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Tracklist for this CD is as follows:

1. When the boys meet the girls
2. Dancing on the jagged edge
3. Frankie
4. You're fine
5. Hold out poppy
6. The boy most likely
7. You need me
8. Following the leader
9. Peer pressure

Back in the 80s, before there was TLC or Destiny's Child, girl groups like The Pointer Sisters and Sister Sledge ruled. The latter hit it big in 1979 with their Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edward produced "We are family" album which had 2 big US top 10 hits.

They paired with Rodgers again in 1985 on this album, "When the boys meet the girls", following a chart revival of hits from the "We are family" album, particularly in the UK.

The sound here is razor sharp synth/dance with loads of drum machines working overtime, horns, and echo-ey vocal effects, prime examples being the title track, "Dancing on the jagged edge", and "You're fine" (which oddly featured Rodgers on vocals and the sisters singing backing vocals. It has a fantastic trumpet solo).

The albums smash was "Frankie" a fun slice of cabaret pop which was a UK #1 hit (and features that catchy "Frankie.. do you remember me" refrain).

"Hold out poppy" and "Peer pressure" are energetic Pop numbers, while the chiming "The boy most likely" finds the sisters singing together a la Bananarama.

The albums lone ballad is the sultry "You need me" (with Joni Sledge on vocals) while the standout in my opinion is the Kathy Sledge co-penned horn peppered "Following the leader" which finds Kathy's dusky vocals floating over a sparse yet groovy bassline and Rodgers trademark scratchy guitar work.

I'm so glad this album is finally available on CD as I used to own it on vinyl.
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Right up there with "All American Girls," the hooks on the track, "When the Boys Meet The Girls" (along with some of the best call-response arrangemnts ever) are the best of their career. This Niles Rodgers produced album is a long time coming in being available on CD!!
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It was ten years since Sister Sledge debuted with Circle of Love and five years since Nile Rodgers had spun pure musical gold with them.And fresh off of work on Chic's unheralded Believer and Madonna's blockbuster Like a Virgin Nile officially brings Sister Sledge into the mid 80's with this album's strong new wave funk overtones. The title song,"Dancing On The Jagged Edge","The Boy Most Likely","Following The Leader" and "Peer Pressure" capture that spirit which finds the flourishes of DX7 and synclaviar synthesizers colliding with live drumming for a sound that's very MTV generation friendly."Frankie",a bouncy little pop ditty makes a brief detour from this sound with a slightly more organic feel to it. Same can be said for "Hold On Poppy" and all the songs here are packed with unbeatable hooks and vocals. Strangly enough this never got a follow up for more then a decade;by 1985 Sister Sledge's sound had been eclipsed by modern day female singers,some of whom were Prince proteges so the Sledge's were starting to be seen as a bit over the hill. So again I am glad Wounded Bird reissued this and allowed this album to be enjoyed by a new generation who've been seperate from it long enough to appreciate it's charms.
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bought for a friend who likes this group
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