Break Out (Pointer Sisters album)

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Break Out
Studio album by Pointer Sisters
Released November 6, 1983
Recorded Studio 55
(Los Angeles, California)
Baby 'O Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
The Music Grinder
(Los Angeles, California)
Brian Elliot Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, pop, soul
Label Planet
Producer Richard Perry, Howie Rice
Pointer Sisters chronology
So Excited!
(1982)
Break Out
(1983)
Contact
(1985)
Singles from Break Out
  1. "I Need You"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Automatic"
    Released: January 1984
  3. "Jump (For My Love)"
    Released: April 1984
  4. "Neutron Dance"
    Released: December 30, 1984
  5. "Baby Come and Get It"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Break Out is the tenth studio album by the American female vocal group The Pointer Sisters and their most successful album to date. The album was released on November 6, 1983 on Planet Records.

History[edit]

Featuring mostly electro-dance tunes, the album gave the trio the biggest success of their recording career, spawning four U.S. top ten hits - "Jump (For My Love)", "Automatic", "Neutron Dance" and a remixed version of their 1982 hit "I'm So Excited" which was included on later editions of the album in the place of the track "Nightline" (a track originally considered for Michael Jackson for Thriller but never used). "Automatic" also became the group's biggest UK hit, peaking at #2 and was certified "Silver" by the BPI. "Jump" also made the UK top 10, peaking at #6.

Break Out sold over three million copies in the US, and won the group two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. The original and re-released versions of the album were remastered and issued in a deluxe expanded edition with bonus tracks on CD in 2011 by Big Break Records.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1983 release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jump (For My Love)"   Marti Sharron, Stephen Mitchell, Gary Skardina 4:23
2. "Automatic"   Brock Walsh, Mark Goldenberg 4:46
3. "Baby, Come and Get It"   Barry Mann, James Ingram, Cynthia Weil 4:19
4. "I Need You"   Nan O'Byrne, Richard Feldman, John Black 4:01
5. "Dance Electric"   Glen Ballard, Brock Walsh 4:25
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Neutron Dance"   Allee Willis, Danny Sembello 4:12
7. "Easy Persuasion"   Bruce Roberts, Andy Goldmark 4:34
8. "Nightline"   Ballard, Davey Faragher, Brie Howard 4:36
9. "Telegraph Your Love"   Goldmark 4:01
10. "Operator"   Howie Rice, O'Byrne 3:58

1984 re-release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jump (For My Love)"   Marti Sharron, Stephen Mitchell, Gary Skardina 4:23
2. "Automatic"   Brock Walsh, Mark Goldenberg 4:46
3. "I'm So Excited"   Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Trevor Lawrence 4:53
4. "I Need You"   Nan O'Byrne, Richard Feldman, John Black 4:01
5. "Neutron Dance"   Allee Willis, Danny Sembello 4:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Dance Electric"   Glen Ballard, Brock Walsh 4:25
7. "Easy Persuasion"   Bruce Roberts, Andy Goldmark 4:34
8. "Baby, Come and Get It"   Barry Mann, James Ingram, Cynthia Weil 4:19
9. "Telegraph Your Love"   Goldmark 4:01
10. "Operator"   Howie Rice, O'Byrne 3:58

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Richard Perry & Howie Rice
  • Engineer: Michael Brooks

Personnel[edit]

Singles Released[edit]

  • I Need You (7" Version)/Operator (Alternate Version) [12" single included extended mix of "I Need You"]
  • Automatic (7" Version)/Nightline (LP Version) [12" single included extended mix of "Automatic"]
  • Jump (For My Love) (7" Remix)/Heartbeat [12" single included extended mix of "Jump (For My Love)"]
  • I'm So Excited (7" Remix)/Dance Electric [12" single included extended mix of "I'm So Excited"]
  • Neutron Dance (7" Version)/Telegraph Your Love [12" single included extended mix of "Neutron Dance"]
  • Baby Come and Get It/Operator (LP Version) [12" single included extended mix of "Baby Come and Get It"]

Misc Notes[edit]

  • "Nightline" was original written for and recorded by Michael Jackson but was never released, though a leaked recording has been circulating for many years.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 6
UK Albums Chart 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. Break Out review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Break Out review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 

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