Thursday, 28 February 2008

June Pointer - Baby Sister

Now here's an album that had always intrigued me until I recently first got to hear it. It was issued in 1983 between the Pointer Sisters' So Excited album and their mega blockbuster Break Out. Another Richard Perry production, I was wondering if it was in the fabulous synth overload style of the latter or whether it was in the more traditional pop style of the former. It's probably more reminiscent of So Excited. The sisters' own cowrite New Love, True Love recalls something of the energy of previous numbers they'd penned such as I'm So Excited and We're Gonna Make It. There's a whole lot of the Prince sound going on on I Will Understand following on from Sisters' carbon copy cover of I Feel For You from So Excited. There's also an interesting parallel to draw with sister Bonnie's late-70s solo albums in the Motown influence. Norman Whitfield cowrote and coproduced the opening track Ready For Some Action, where you can hear a Papa Was A Rollin' Stone thing going on, and there are also covers of I'm Ready For Love (Holland-Dozier-Holland/Martha and the Vandellas) and Don't Mess With Bill (Smokey Robinson/The Marvellettes; presumably a jokey reference to June's oft-thanked husband William Whitmore).

1. I'm Ready For Love
2. I Will Understand
3. To You
4. New Love, True Love
5. I'm Ready For Love
6. You Can Do It
7. Always
8. My Blues Have Gone Away
9. Don't Mess With Bill

READY?

8 comments:

A Pyrex Scholar said...

this looks sweet. cant wait to check it out!

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fritz the cat said...

I gave up after a couple of songs. A bit too poppish for my tastes! Thanks for sharing it.

Koop said...

nice one,thanks!

Midnite Passions said...

Nice album.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this from June...
Jack Flash

Bobby80s said...

dude, ur a god for posting a solid, clean rip of this, cheers bruv, nice 1

pgtmmbaccts said...

The link for June Pointer's "Baby Sister" is not working. Any chance you could do a re-upload? Much thanks!

The Guru Of The Groove said...

That's kind of optimistic after over four years. You can buy it now anyway...