The Pointer Sisters

The Collection [RCA]

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A 1993 set released by RCA, The Collection covers all of the Pointer Sisters' studio albums through 1986's Hot Together and wisely assembles the selections in chronological order. The Pointer Sisters' career went through a rather drastic development, even more so than the average group that released albums on a consistent basis from the early '70s through the mid-'80s. The Collection is an enjoyable look at this process, but those who came along during the group's glossy funk-pop period might have little use for the handful of earlier cuts, dating from the varied period when the Pointers would bounce between nostalgia and relatively raw funk. And the same can be said for fans of the earlier records who didn't care to see the group crossover with so much mainstream appeal. The Collection does pay more attention to the later chart hits, so it's definitely less desirable for casual followers of the early Blue Thumb era.

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