The Pointer Sisters

Slow Hand

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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
Sweet & Soulful 1987 RCA 3:48
Greatest Hits [RCA] 1989 RCA 3:55
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA 1989] 1989 RCA
The Collection [RCA] 1993 RCA
Soul Devotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
3:48
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
The Best of the Pointer Sisters 1978-1981 1995 RCA 0:00
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
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:53
Sweet Love [Warner Special Products] 1996
Various Artists
Warner Music 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 3:52
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Classic Gold [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:50
Rhythm of the Night [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:49
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
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 [Delta] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:56
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
Madacy Distribution / Rock On 3:54
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
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:53
A Year in Your Life: 1981, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:52
Ultimate Power of Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
The Best of the Pointer Sisters [RCA 2000] 2002 RCA 3:54
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
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
20th Century Masters -  The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Pointer Sisters 2004 Hip-O 3:54
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
The Collection [Madacy-Bonus DVD] 2004 Madacy 4:53
The Best of Our Love: The Valentine's Day Collection 2005
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:52
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 3:55
The Ultimate Soul Divas 2005 Cleopatra
Ultimate 16: Power of Rock 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:53
Body and Soul: The 80's 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music / Warner Bros. 3:53
We Are Family [Time/Life] 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:51
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:53
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 3:46
Priority/Black & White 2009 Broadside / Sony Music Distribution 3:53
So Excited [Compilation] 2010 Collectables 3:52
Hits + Stars: Love Song Collection 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Pure... Divas 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Automatic: Best Of 2017 Music Club Deluxe 3:53