Energy (Pointer Sisters album)

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Energy
Studio album by Pointer Sisters
Released November 1978
Recorded Studio 55
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, rock, soul
Label Planet
Producer Richard Perry
Pointer Sisters chronology
Having a Party
(1977)
Energy
(1978)
Priority
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]
Smash Hits 6/10[3]

Energy is the fifth studio album by The Pointer Sisters, released in 1978 on the Planet label.

History[edit]

After a brief split following sister Bonnie's departure from the group, a musically reinvented and recharged Pointer Sisters returned composed of Ruth, Anita and June. Their first album for Planet, this was also the first album produced by Richard Perry. The record spawned a number two pop smash (and gold-certified single) with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire". "Happiness" also scored on the pop Top 40. Energy became the group's first gold-certified release since 1974's That's a Plenty. The album was remastered and issued on CD with bonus tracks in 2009 by Wounded Bird Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lay It on the Line"   Patrick Henderson, Wornell Jones 3:16
2. "Dirty Work"   Walter Becker, Donald Fagen 3:33
3. "Hypnotized"   Bob Welch 5:02
4. "As I Come of Age"   Stephen Stills 2:42
5. "Come and Get Your Love"   Russ Ballard 3:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Happiness"   Allen Toussaint 4:19
7. "Fire"   Bruce Springsteen 3:41
8. "Angry Eyes"   Ken Loggins, Jim Messina 2:42
9. "Echoes of Love"   Patrick Simmons, Willy Mitchell, Earl Randle 3:06
10. "Everybody Is a Star"   Sylvester Stewart 3:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer, June Pointer – vocals
  • Jeffrey Porcaro – drums
  • David Hungate – bass
  • Waddy Wachtel – lead guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar
  • Danny Kortchmar – rhythm guitar, electric guitar
  • Dave "Baby" Paich – piano, electric piano, acoustic piano, organ, high piano
  • James Newton Howard – clavinet, synthesizers, electric piano
  • Rick Jaeger – drums on tracks 2, 7
  • Michael Baird – drums on track 8
  • Eddie Watkins, Jr. – bass on track 3
  • Michael Porcaro – bass on track 4
  • Gerald Johnson – bass on track 7
  • Abe Laboriel – bass on track 9
  • Fred Tackett acoustic guitar on track 2, guitar on track 6, 8, rhythm guitar on track 9
  • Randy Bachman – acoustic guitar on track 3
  • Davey Johnson – slide guitar on track 5, guitars on track 7, lead guitar on track 9
  • Steve Porcaro – electric piano on track 3, organ on track 4, synthesizers on track 9
  • Jimmy Phillips – organ, synthesizer on track 5, piano, organ on track 8
  • Jai Winding – piano on track 7
  • Lenny Castro – percussion on track 1, tambourine on track 7
  • Bryan Cumming – saxophone solo on track 2
  • Anita Pointer – tambourine on track 5
  • Richard Perry – percussion on track 8

Production[edit]

  • Richard Perry – producer
  • Dennis Kirk – recording engineer
  • Bill Schnee – re-mix engineer
  • Gabe Veltri – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering engineer
  • Kosh – design, art direction
  • James M. Shea – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. Energy review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Energy review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 22 - March 7 1979): 25. 

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