Contact (Pointer Sisters album)

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Contact
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Studio album by Pointer Sisters
Released July 1985
Recorded 1984-1985 Studio 55
(Los Angeles, California)
Starke Lake Studios
(Ocoee, Florida)
Clinton Recording Studios
(New York, New York)
Rak Recording Studios
(London, England)
Genre R&B/soul
Label RCA Records
Producer Richard Perry
Pointer Sisters chronology
Break Out
(1983)
Contact
(1985)
Hot Together
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Contact is the eleventh studio album by the American vocal group The Pointer Sisters, released in 1985 by RCA Records.

History[edit]

Upon its release, Contact quickly became the Pointer Sisters' second-most successful album to date; it was certified platinum, denoting U.S. sales of over one million, and helped the trio win an American Music Award for "Favorite Video Group" in 1986. Contact yielded U.S. chart hits with the singles "Dare Me" (Hot 100 #11, UK #17), "Freedom" and "Twist My Arm." Another song, "Back In My Arms," was released as a single and video in the UK.

A track from the Contact sessions, entitled "Just a Little Closer," was released on the We Are The World charity compilation album in 1985.

Contact was remastered and issued on CD with bonus tracks in 2011 by Big Break Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Twist My Arm" Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts 4:25
2. "Hey You" Richard Page, Steve George, John Lang 3:58
3. "Pound, Pound, Pound" Roberts, Goldmark 4:04
4. "Back in My Arms" Page, George, Lang, Pat Mastelotto 4:39
5. "Burn Down the Night" Page, George, Lang, Pat Mastelotto 3:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Bodies and Souls" Mark Goldenberg 3:49
7. "Contact" Robbie Nevil, Brock Walsh 4:21
8. "Dare Me" Sam Lorber, David Innis 4:06
9. "Freedom" David McHugh 6:21

Personnel[edit]

The Pointer Sisters
Musicians
  • Paul Buckmaster – string arrangements and conductor (2, 4)
  • Jennifer Condos – bass (6)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 4-9)
  • Debra Dobkin – percussion (6)
  • Nathan East – bass (1, 2)
  • Tommy Faragher – keyboards (7), synthesizer (7)
  • Steve Farris – guitar (2)
  • Paul Fox – additional synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 9), E-mu Emulator II (5, 8)
  • Steve George – keyboards (2, 4, 5), synthesizer (2, 4), arrangements (2, 4, 5), bass synthesizer (5)
  • Welton Gite – bass (8)
  • Mark Goldenberg – guitar (6), acoustic piano (6), synthesizer (6), drum machine programming (6), arrangements (6)
  • Andy Goldmark – drum machine programming (1, 3), synthesizer (1, 3), arrangements (1, 3)
  • Jellyroll Goldmark – acoustic piano (3)
  • Gary Grant – trumpet (5)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet (5), horn arrangements (5)
  • Phil Kenzie – saxophone (6)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (4)
  • Jeff Lorber – bass synthesizer (3), guitar (9), synthesizer (9), drum machine programming (9)
  • Pat Mastelotto – drum machine programming (2, 4, 5), drums (4, 5)
  • Steve Mitchell – additional synthesizer (2, 7), Hammond B3 organ (3, 5), handclaps (3), Oberheim DMX programming (6), synthesizer (8), drum machine programming (8)
  • Robbie Nevil – guitar (7), drum machine programming (7), arrangements (7)
  • Richard Page – arrangements (2, 4, 5)
  • Peter Rafelson – guitar (8)
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (5)
  • Howie Rice – guitar (1, 3, 8), additional synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 7, 9), arrangements (1), synthesizer (3, 6, 8), handclaps (3), drum machine programming (8, 9), Minimoog (9)
  • Bruce Roberts – drum machine programming (1, 3), synthesizer (1), arrangements (1, 3)
  • Terral "Terry" Santiel – percussion (1, 3, 5, 6)
  • Harry Stinson – drum machine programming (6)
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass (4)
  • Brock Walsh – drum machine programming (7), arrangements (7)
  • Larry Williams – saxophone (5)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Richard Perry
  • Associate Producers – Andy Goldmark (Tracks 1 & 3); Howie Rice (Tracks 1); Bruce Roberts (Tracks 1 & 3); Steve George (Tracks 2 & 4); Richard Page (Tracks 2, 4 & 5); Mark Goldenberg (Track 6); Robbie Nevil (Track 7); Brock Walsh (Track 7).
  • Production Manager – James C. Tract
  • Production Coordinator – Bradford Rosenberg
  • A&R Coordination – Marge Meoli
  • Recording Engineer – Michael Brooks
  • Additional Engineers – Clif Jones, Glen Holguin, Alex Schmoll, Gary Skardina and Don Smith.
  • Assistant Engineers – David Dubow, Glen Holguin, Julie Last, Ray Leonard, Bob Loftus, Kraig Miller, Alex Schmoll and Delilah Seroussi.
  • Basic Track Engineering – Paul Rey (Track 2); Ian Eales (Tracks 4 & 5); Ernie Sheesley (Track 7).
  • Remix Engineer – Don Smith
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – John Kosh and Ron Larson
  • Photography – Randee St. Nicholas
  • Personal Management – Gallin Morey Addis

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 25
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11
UK Albums Chart 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. Contact review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-15.

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