The Pointer Sisters

Yes We Can Can

Composed by Allen Toussaint

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Although the Pointer Sisters would endure numerous ups and downs as they plied their sassy soul to R&B hipsters and the American mainstream, they hit the scene hard with an outstanding adaptation of Allen Toussaint’s ”Yes We Can Can” in summer 1973. Pulled from their self titled debut LP, ”Yes We Can Can” was a wildly smart, energetic slab of R&B, which cradled the quartet’s vocal harmonies well within a fiery rock guitar framework. Not only was this a surefire way to shake up the genre, it was also a style that would inform much of the band’s earliest material. Deep bass thuds down a beat that barely keeps the sisters grounded across the catchy refrain, “I know we can make it if we try”. And, given their meteoric rise and stellar successes across nearly two decades of hits, it was quite a prophetic lyric as well.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Pointer Sisters 1973 MCA / Geffen / Universal Special Products 6:02
Live at the Opera House 1974 Hip-O Select 5:38
No Image 1991 Universal Special Products
Sounds of the Seventies: 1973 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:16
The Collection [RCA] 1993 RCA
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:07
Love, Peace and Understanding 1995
Various Artists
Soul Classics 3:01
All Day Thumbsucker Revisited 1995
Various Artists
Blue Thumb Records 6:00
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [Ariola] 1996 Ariola 4:14
The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA] 1996 RCA 3:55
10 Dynamite 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:14
ABC's of Soul, Vol. 2: Classics from the ABC Records Catalog 1969-1974 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O
Cigar Classics, Vol. 2: Urban Fire 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Disco Queens: The '70s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
Yes We Can Can: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings 1997 Hip-O 6:03
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Triumph of the Spirit 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:08
Non-Stop Funk, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 5:34
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:08
Potterybarn: Sounds of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:59
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Another Helping of Celebrating Life 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
Maid in Manhattan 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sbme Special Mkts.
Soul Jazz Records Presents Nicky Siano's the Gallery 2004
Various Artists
Soul Jazz 6:01
No Image 2004 Hip-O / Motown / Universal 6:04
Automatic Live 2005 Pegasus (Pinnacle)
Another Side 70's Revisited 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Nova Classics, Vol. 7 2006
Various Artists
Nova 5:49
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Universal 4:07
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 6:01
The Essential Guide to New Orleans 2008
Various Artists
Essential Guide / Union Square Music 4:07
K-Tel Presents: Super Bad 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks / Micro Werks/K-Tel 3:08
Playlist: The Very Best of the Pointer Sisters 2009 Legacy / RCA / RCA/Legacy 3:06
Rolling with the Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook 2012
Various Artists
Ace 3:55
Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:13
KSAN's Live Jive
Various Artists
CD Baby / Ksan Jive 95 8:14
Nova Classics, Vols. 1-10
Various Artists
Radio Nova 5:49
No Image
Various Artists
MCA
What a Wonderful World [Reflections]
Various Artists
Reflections 6:03
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