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Bonnie Pointer - Expanded Edition Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Bbr
  • ASIN: B006GE6BQQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When I'm Gone
2. Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me)
3. Heaven Must Have Sent You
4. Ah Shoot
5. More And More
6. I Love To Sing To You
7. I Wanna Make It (In Your World)
8. My Everything
9. Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me) (12" Remix)
10. Heaven Must Have Sent You (12" Remix)
11. Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me) (7" Mix)
12. Heaven Must Have Sent You (7" Mix)
13. Free Me From My Freedom/Tie Me To A Tree (Handcuff Me) (7" Instru-Mental Mix)

Product Description

The founding member of THE POINTER SISTERS, BONNIE POINTER began her performing career in San Francisco nightclubs in 1969. Soon joined by youngest sister June then by elder sisters Ruth and Anita, The Pointer Sisters released a string of hits on Blue Thumb, trailblazing from genre to genre, including funk and jazz, and won their first Grammy award for the country song FAIRYTALE, written by Anita and Bonnie, which would be recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY two years before his death.
 In 1976, Bonnie Pointer left the group and soon after signed with Motown. Produced by (her later husband) Jeffrey Bowen, her first Motown album was a critical and commercial success. First single FREE MY FROM MY FREEDOM reached the R&B top 10 in 1978 and was distinctive for being a disco-era funk record with a surprising banjo solo.
 The album also featured the classic Motown covers WHEN I'M GONE (Brenda Holloway) and HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU (The Elgins). The latter was soon rerecorded in a Disco style, becoming a top 20 Pop and top 10 Disco hit and a dance classic. Both versions are included in this reissue.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By txacoli on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am a massive fan of all things Pointer Sisters shaped and have longed for this album to come out on CD since the shiny silver discs were invented. Apart from the fact that this album is pure brilliance in audio form, true to BBR's previous issues, it carries every conceivable remix and version possible. I should also point out that BBR always do the most magnificent job of restoring tracks and whilst absent-mindedly listening to "Tie me to a tree" earlier today for the first time on the disc, I was aware of some background noise. I listened intently.....it was the percussion!! My vinyl copy muted it so much. For me, that is the joy of this company. They obviously love their work and ensure that tracks are heard the way they were intended to be heard when originally recorded and mixed. Buy this CD, you won't regret it.

Incidentally, there is a release of Bonnie's 1984 album "If the price is right" due out in the spring but from another company. I've never bought anything from this company before (Funky Town Grooves) and have no idea what their quality is like. It is worth mentioning that once BBR start releasing an artist's catalogue, they like to release the ENTIRE catalogue where possible, so unless someone can tell me that the spring release is going to be worth it, I'll hang on in the hope that BBR will release it themselves in the near future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francisco José Poyato Ariza on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm afraid I'll get a little personal in this review, sorry about the musical details, buddies. This LP was the very favourite album of a "sweet sixteen". The number of times that these traks joyfully uplifted the spirits of a lonely teenager (who wasn't?) were just countless. I still find some of the songs just irresistible, can't help but dancing and singing to them. Some tracks are among the finest black soul. The ballads are beautiful, too. My very favourite song was, of course, "Heaven must have sent you". I listened to that treasured vinyl so many many times it ended up scratched all along (sounds familiar?). So, I decided to buy a new one, and..."the horror". The wonderful original song had been replaced by the "disco version", which had become somewhat popular but was far, hugely far away from the direct, uplifting Motown freshness of the original version. Later on waited for years, then decades, for it to be released on cd. Never occurred until now, as far as I know. HERE IT IS AT LAST: the whole, flawless original LP plus all the available remixes. Beautifully remastered, too. Thanks, bbr, you have made an old teenager very, very happy. The whole "bbr remasters" series is fantastic, a gift for us, freaky soul music lovers. Not to mention the very affordable price. Well, if you get to release "Bonnie Pointer 2" as well, I will have to say "bbr, heaven must have sent you".
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What a cool and hot, sassy chic who really sings her mind, body and soul. I do really enjoy her cd very much!!!!!
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By luckybear1 on 15 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
there is not much i dont have from the pointer stable .....june ,bonnie ,the sisters ,...had this years ago on lp.......sounds good ,and a good job on the remaster ,...however ,,,a wee bit heavy on the bass !...part from that ....its sooooooo...kool....thanks bbr ..........luckybear .
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Eric J. Charge on 2 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The combination of Bonnie Pointer and Motown resulted in two essential albums and the first is re-issued here on CD by BBR. The eight track album is special in every way with a great portrait by Brian Davis on the cover and the back of Bonnie's head on the reverse. Even with a range of styles from ballads to jazz to funk to country, the album has a cohesive sound, thanks to production on every track by Jeffrey Bowen and Berry Gordy, and the great backing vocals performed by Bonnie herself.

There are two cover versions, Smokey Robinson's lovely When I'm Gone and Holland, Dozier, Holland's classic Heaven Must Have Sent You, both of which have string arrangements from Motown stalwart Paul Riser. It's great to see a couple of the Funk Brothers, bassist James Jamerson and percussionist Jack Ashford, amongst the musicians.

There were two singles, both of which appeared in twelve inch extended versions. Heaven Must Have Sent You is given a huge disco make-over, with a stunning middle string section. Without a doubt, this is Motown's best disco record. The other single, Free Me From My Freedom, sub-titled Tie Me To A Tree, Handcuff Me, is an amazing tour-de-force with a mind-boggling banjo solo and Norman Whitfield-like burbling percussion. The song was so good that Motown re-cut it with Jose Feliciano on one of his albums.

Both extended versions appear with other edits and an instrumental version as bonus tracks on this CD.

Released in 1978, this has to be one of Motown's best albums. You have to hear it to believe it.
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