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Pointer Sisters: Special Things

Reviewed by Heikki Suosalo

Rating: 7/ 10

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UK BBR reissue CD, 2010
The original release on US Planet, 1980
1) Could I Be Dreaming
2) He's So Shy
3) Love Too Good To Last
4) Evil
5) Save This Night for Love
6) We'Ve Got The Power
7) Where Did the Time Go
8) Special Things
9) Here Is Where Your Love Belongs
10) Movin' On

Special Things (CDBBR 0022; 10 tracks, 36 min.) was the sistersí 9th album in their career and third for the Planet Records with the hit producer Richard Perry.† It was originally released in 1980 and reached # 19-soul and # 34-pop.† For this reissue the foreword was written by Wayne A. Dickson, manager of Big Break Records, and the very liner notes with interviews were by Christian John Wikane.†

† The album spawned two hit singles.† Heís So Shy, a highly catchy mid-tempo song written by Tom Snow and Cynthia Weil, was led by June Pointer and it scored gold (# 10-soul, # 3-pop).† Anita was leading on an energetic mover called Could I Be Dreaming (# 22-soul, # 52-pop).† Other highlights include a pretty beat-ballad titled The Love Too Good To Last and Where Did The Time Go, a big ballad, which, however, didnít chart as a single.† Both songs were written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager.† The third sister Ruth also gets a lead on a nice ballad named Here Is Where Your Love Belongs.† Iíve seen it written that this was the sistersí best album this far, and it may well be so.† I canít tell, because I havenít heard all the preceding material, but Ė three tracks aside Ė I enjoyed this record.

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