The Pointer Sisters

Slow Hand

Composed by John Bettis / Michael Clark

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One of the Pointer Sisters hottest 1980s hits, the delicious ”Slow Hand” not only gave the band a late spring hit in 1981, but also set the bar for many of the themes they’d continue to explore for most of the decade. In a world where women take control for their pleasure, the sweet country slide of ”Slow Hand” became the year’s power ballad as lyrics like “I got a lover with an easy touch. I found somebody who will spend some time, not come and go in a heated rush” ensured the song became everyone’s sing along favorite. Almost melancholy across its melody, ”Slow Hand”, with Anita on lead vocals, was a markedly different hit for this era Pointer Sisters in that it kept the song simple and organic, eschewing synthetic trickery for good old fashioned arrangements. ”Slow Hand” would be reinvented scarcely a year later as country singer Conway Twitty took his version to top of the country charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Black & White 1981 BBR 3:56
No Image 1982 Planet
Sweet & Soulful 1987 RCA
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA 1989] 1989 RCA
The Collection [RCA] 1993 RCA
Heart Full of Soul [Dino] 1993
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:48
That Loving Feeling, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:49
Soul Devotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:48
Forever '80s [Razor & Tie] 1994
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:52
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1981 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:52
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:51
No Image 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best of the Pointer Sisters 1978-1981 1995 RCA 3:54
Sounds of the Eighties: 1981 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:54
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [Ariola] 1996 Ariola 3:53
Do You Love Me?: All-Time Best Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
BMG 3:56
The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA] 1996 RCA 3:51
Sweet Love [Warner Special Products] 1996
Various Artists
Warner Special Products 3:53
Best Girl Power Album Ever [2 Disc] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Greatest Hits [Camden] 1997 Camden 3:49
The President's Greatest Hits 1998
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:55
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:53
Sweet Dreams: Pure Pop Collection 1998
Various Artists
BMG Special Products
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority
Classic Gold [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:50
Rhythm of the Night [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:49
Body Talk: Hearts Together 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:53
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:53
Only Soul 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:56
Body + Soul: Love Serenade [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Greatest Hits of the 80s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:51
Best of Love [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
She Rock 1999
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:53
Love Songs, Vol. 2 [Delta] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:56
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 3:53
Rock On, 1981: Bette Davis Eyes 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1981 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:53
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:53
At This Moment and Other Eighties Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:53
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:47
Hits! 2001 RCA 3:54
#2 with a Bullet: Hits of the 80s 2001
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 3:54
Legendary 2001 BMG 3:53
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:53
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [Paradiso] 2001 Paradiso 3:52
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [BMG] 2002 RCA 3:53
Ultimate Power of Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
1981: Where Were You? 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA 2000] 2002 RCA 3:54
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
No Image 2002 Catalyst 3:51
Ann Summers Presents the Sex Album 2003
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 3:53
Love Songs 2003 RCA / BMG International 3:49
Real 80's R&B [Disc 1] 2003
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:52
The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters: I'm So Excited 2004 BMG International 3:48
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 BMG Heritage / RCA 3:51
Real '80s: R&B 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:52
No Image 2004 Hip-O / Motown / Universal 3:54
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
The Collection [Madacy-Bonus DVD] 2004 Madacy 4:53
Nur Das Beste 2005 BMG/RCA
The Best of Our Love: The Valentine's Day Collection 2005
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:52
In Concert 2005 Brilliant 4:53
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 3:55
Live in Concert [DVD] 2005 MRA
Automatic Live 2005 Pegasus (Pinnacle)
The Ultimate Soul Divas 2005 Cleopatra
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
Legends 2005 Sony Music Distribution
Greatest Hits Live [Laserlight] 2006 Laserlight 4:42
Ultimate Love [Disky] 2006
Various Artists
Music Club / Music Club Records / Musicclub
Body and Soul: The 80's 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music / Warner Bros. 3:53
80's Love Songs [St. Clair] 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:52
Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:50
Fire [Live 2004] 2006 Universe 7:27
We Are Family [Time/Life] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Live [KRB] 2006 KRB Music 4:55
Great Soul Groups 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:48
Pop Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:50
21 Essential Funk and Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra
'80s R&B Soul Hits [Direct Source] 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:50
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:53
Greatest Soul Groups 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:48
100 Hits: Love 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:48
Greatest Ever! Smooth: The Definitive Collection 2007
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Best of R&B [Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:52
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 3:46
Greatest Hits Live [Goldenlane] 2008 Goldenlane / Cleopatra 4:53
The Pop Years: 1980-1981 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:47
Playlist: The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters 2009 Legacy / RCA / RCA/Legacy 3:53
Jewel: Unforgettable Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Showstopping 3:51
The Best Year of My Life: 1981 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
So Excited [Compilation] 2010 Collectables 3:52
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:47
Hits + Stars: Love Song Collection 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:52
Collection RTL Georges Lang 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 3:46
Pure... Divas 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Easy 80s: Lost in Love 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:52
Romantically Yours: Greatest Love of All 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:54
Pure... '80s Soul Grooves 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:51
The Party Mix: Classic Soul 2013
Various Artists
Crimson 3:49
Smooth FM Presents Music for Mum 2014
Various Artists
Smooth FM 3:46
100 Hits Love [2015] 2015
Various Aritsts
100 Hits
Pointer Sisters' Greatest Hits 2016 BBR
No Image 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:54
The '80s Love Album 2017
Various Artists
Crimson
Greatest Ever Summer Love
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Hits [Sony] BMG / Sony Music
Live in Montana: 2004 MVD Visual
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:54
The  Masters Series: Mellow Groove, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Camden
The Ultimate Smooth Album
Various Artists
BMG
Ultimate... Divas
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:54
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