Black & White: Expanded Edition - Pointer Sisters

Black & White: Expanded Edition
· The Pointer Sisters and Richard Perry switched gears in 1980 with the release of Special Things (CDBBR0022) and its massive hit single ‘He’s So Shy’ which landed in both the pop and R&B top ten. Buoyed by this success Perry was once again prepared to take the Sisters back into gold territory, and gave them the biggest selling single and album of their career so far with two Gold Certifications.

· BLACK & WHITE was titled so to reflect the broad musical influences heard in the music of The Pointer Sisters. The album immediately spun off the biggest ever American Pop hit of The Pointer Sisters’ career. ‘Slow Hand’ reached #2 on the Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks, prevented from reaching the top spot by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s mega selling ‘Endless Love.’ As well as returning the group to the R&B top ten in the U.S., it did the same in Canada, many European countries, and at long last, the U.K. The Country-Soul ballad remains an adult contemporary staple on radio stations all over the world to this day.

· ‘Should I Do It’ was issued as the second single in many European countries where it became so successful that it was belatedly issued as a U.S. single, returning them to the pop top 20. Elsewhere on BLACK & WHITE industry heavyweights such as David Foster, Russ Ballard and Patrick Henderson lent their song-writing skills, making the album a Pop/Soul classic from start to finish. As well as being a gold selling album in the U.S. Black And White succeeded all over the world and became the group’s first U.K. hit album reaching #21 for a three month stint in the autumn of 1981.

· BBR is very proud to release this expanded remaster of BLACK & WHITE which now features three bonus tracks - including a track that was removed from the LP just before its release - as well as brand new interviews with Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Richard Perry and David Foster amongst others. BLACK AND WHITE is essential listening for all Eighties Soul and Pop fans out there.

Available 30/09/2013

 

 

 

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Code: CDBBRX0150
Weight: 200
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1. SWEET LOVER MAN
2. SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER
3. TAKE MY HEART, TAKE MY SOUL
4. SLOW HAND
5. WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT
6. WHAT A SURPRISE
7. GOT TO FIND LOVE
8. FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
9. SHOULD I DO IT

BONUS TRACKS
10. HOLDIN’ OUT FOR LOVE
11. WHAT A SURPRISE (Edited Version)
12. SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER (Edited Version)

 

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