Special Things

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Special Things
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Studio album by Pointer Sisters
Released August 1980
Studio Studio 55
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, pop, soul
Label Planet
Producer Richard Perry
Pointer Sisters chronology
Priority
(1979)Priority1979
Special Things
(1980)
Black & White
(1981)Black & White1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Special Things is the seventh studio album by the Pointer Sisters, released in 1980 on the Planet label.

History[edit]

The album marked their third venture with producer Richard Perry and featured a more stylized R&B/pop production, launching the group into its most successful period. The album spawned their second top three gold-certified single, "He's So Shy".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Could I Be Dreaming"Anita Pointer, Trevor Lawrence, Marlo Henderson3:31
2."He's So Shy"Tom Snow, Cynthia Weil3:37
3."The Love Too Good to Last"Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen3:32
4."Evil"Geoffrey Leib, Larry Lingle3:19
5."Save This Night for Love"Ellison Chase, Bill Haberman, Art Jacobson3:25
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."We've Got the Power"Michael Brooks, Bob Esty4:53
7."Where Did the Time Go"Bacharach, Sager3:08
8."Special Things"Anita Pointer3:08
9."Here Is Where Your Love Belongs"Bill Champlin4:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Anita Pointer – lead vocals (1, 3, 5, 8), backing vocals, vocal arrangements
  • June Pointer – lead vocals (2, 4, 6, 7), backing vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Ruth Pointer – lead vocals (9), backing vocals, vocal arrangements
Musicians
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums (1, 3, 5)
  • James Gadson – drums (2, 6, 8)
  • Ricky Lawson – drums (7, 9)
  • Raymond Pounds – drums (4)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1-4, 8)
  • James Jamerson – bass (7)
  • John Pierce – bass (6)
  • Nathan Watts – bass (1-5, 8, 9), percussion (5)
  • Ben Bridges – guitar (4)
  • Mark Goldenberg – guitar (6, 8)
  • Marlo Henderson – guitar (4, 5, 7)
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar (1, 3, 5, 9), guitar solo (4)
  • Tim May – guitar (2, 6, 8)
  • David Williams – guitar (7, 9)
  • Burt Bacharach – horn arrangements (3), string arrangements (3, 7), keyboards (7)
  • John Barnes – Fender Rhodes (6), keyboards (8)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming (5), synthesizer (8)
  • Clarence McDonald – acoustic piano (6)
  • Lance Ong – synthesizer (3, 4)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9), synthesizer (5), clavinet (6)
  • Tom Snow – keyboards (2), synthesizer (2), arrangements (2)
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet (1), flugelhorn (1, 3)
  • Larry Gittens – trumpet (4)
  • Gary Grant – trumpet (4)
  • Jay Hutson – alto flute (1), saxophone (4)
  • Slyde Hyde – trombone (4)
  • Warren Looney – flugelhorn (3)
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet (1, 4), flugelhorn (1)
  • Don Myrick – alto flute (1), saxophone (4), alto sax solo (9)
  • Bill Reichenbach, Jr. – trombone (1, 4)
  • Henry Sigismonti – French horn (1)
  • Trevor Lawrence – arrangements (1, 6, 9), horn arrangements (1, 4, 6, 7, 9), string arrangements (1, 5, 6, 9), conductor (1, 5, 6, 9), orchestration (3)
  • Sid Sharp – concertmaster (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9)

Production[edit]

  • Richard Perry – producer
  • Trevor Lawrence – associate producer
  • Gabe Veltri – recording engineer
  • Jim Küenzi, Raven Royce-Jordan, Stephen Marcussen, Tim Dennen – assistant engineers
  • James Guthrie – remix engineer
  • Doug Sax, Mike Reese – mastering engineers at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Daniel Kushnick, Michael Solomon – production coordinators
  • Aaron Rapoport – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 34
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. Special Things review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-12.

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