1983 Pointer Sisters – Break Out

Break Out is the tenth studio album by the American female vocal group The Pointer Sisters and their most successful album to date. The album was released on November 6, 1983 on Planet Records.

Featuring mostly electro-dance tunes, the album gave the Pointer Sisters the biggest success of their recording career, spawning four U.S. top 10 hits – “Jump (For My Love)”, “Automatic”, “Neutron Dance” and a remixed version of their 1982 hit “I’m So Excited.” The latter was included on later editions of the album in the place of the track “Nightline”. “Automatic” also became the group’s biggest UK hit, peaking at #2 and certified “Silver” by the BPI. “Jump” also made the UK top 10, peaking at #6.

With the remix of “I’m So Excited” added to pressings of the album in mid-1984, a total of six singles were issued from Break Out. The first release was “I Need You,” featuring a shared lead by the three Pointer Sisters. A mid-tempo number, it was atypical of the album’s overall dance sound; the choice of the song as lead single was based on producer Richard Perry’s hope that the track would reinstate the Pointer Sisters’ presence at R&B radio. “I Need You” did become a major hit on the R&B chart in Billboard but did not reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, stalling at #48.

The dance track “Jump (For My Love)” (simply “Jump” on the first version of the album) with June Pointer on lead was intended to be the second single off Break Out; however, “Automatic” – another dance track – was substituted due to heavy radio and dance club airplay as an album track. The first major hit to feature the distinctive contralto of Ruth Pointer on lead, “Automatic” became the first Top 40 hit off Break Out, its #5 peak ending a three-year absence by the Pointer Sisters from the Top 10 of the Hot 100. “Automatic” also became the most successful R&B hit by the Pointer Sisters as a trio – its #2 R&B peak was bested by “How Long (Betcha’ Got a Chick on the Side)”, a 1975 #1 R&B hit by the group in its original four-woman format. “Jump (For My Love)” was afforded a single release as the follow-up to “Automatic” and, with a #3 peak, became the most successful single off Break Out.

The re-release of “I’m So Excited” – the one single from Break Out to feature a lead by Anita Pointer, who sang lead on most Pointer Sisters’ hits – resulted in a third consecutive Top Ten hit for the group. Prior to Break Out, the Pointers had accumulated three earlier Top 10 hits over a 12-year recording career. “I’m So Excited” peaked at #9. After the Break Out track “Neutron Dance” with Ruth Pointer on lead was optioned for the soundtrack of the film Beverly Hills Cop, it became the fifth single and the album’s fourth consecutive Top Ten hit, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 in February 1985. A sixth single, “Baby, Come and Get It” featuring June Pointer on lead, became a minor hit in the spring of 1985 (#44 Hot 100/ #24 R&B).

Break Out sold over three million copies in the US and won the group two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. The original and re-released versions of the album were remastered and issued in a deluxe expanded edition with bonus tracks on CD in 2011 by Big Break Records.

Tracks

Jump For My Love (Gary Skardina, Marti Sharron, Stephen Mitchell) 4:27
Automatic (Brock Walsh, Mark Goldenberg) 4:46
3  Baby, Come and Get It (James Ingram, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weill) 4:53
4  I Need You (John Black, Nan O’Byrne, Richard Feldman) 4:02
Neutron Dance (Allee Willis, Daniel Sembello) 4:13
6  Dance Electric (Brock Walsh, Glen Ballard) 4:25
7  Easy Persuasion (Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts) 4:35
8  Nightline (Brie Howard, Davey Faragher, Glen Ballard) 4:29
9  Telegraph Your Love (Andy Goldmark) 3:58
10  Operator (Howie Rice, Nan O’Byrne) 3:58

Musicians

1 Jump For My Love

Electric Drums Howie Rice
Drums (programming) Stephen Mitchell
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Programming Stephen Mitchell
Programming Reek Havoc
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals June Pointer

 

2 Automatic

Bass Eddie Watkins Jr
Drums (programming) Brock Walsh
Guitar Dennis Herring
Guitar Mark Goldenberg
Emulator Paul Fox
Moog John van Tongeren
Synthesizer John van Tongeren
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Synthesizer Brock Walsh
Synthesizer Stephen Mitchell
Vocals Ruth Pointer


3 Baby, Come and Get It

Electric Drums Howie Rice
Drums (programming) Reek Havoc
Drums (programming) James Ingram
Drums (programming) Barry Mann
Guitar David Katay
Synthesizer James Ingram
Synthesizer Barry Mann
Background Vocals James Ingram
Vocals June Pointer


4 I Need You

Bass Howie Rice
Guitar Howie Rice
Fender Rhodes Vince Melamed
Emulator Paul Fox
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Synthesizer Stephen Mitchell
Synthesizer John van Tongeren
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Howie Rice
Vocals Anita Pointer
Vocals June Pointer
Vocals Ruth Pointer

 

5 Neutron Dance

Drums (programming) Howie Rice
Drums (programming) Bob Mithoff
Drums (programming) Reek Havoc
Guitar Howie Rice
Emulator Paul Fox
Moog Howie Rice
Organ Howie Rice
Piano Howie Rice
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Ruth Pointer


6 Dance Electric

Drums (programming) Francis Buckley
Drums (programming) Brock Walsh
Drums (programming) Glen Ballard
Guitar Dennis Herring
Emulator Paul Fox
Moog Howie Rice
Synthesizer Tommy Faragher
Synthesizer Brock Walsh
Synthesizer Glen Ballard
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Ruth Pointer


7 Easy Persuasion

Drums (programming) Andy Goldmark
Guitar Howie Rice
Synthesizer Andy Goldmark
Synthesizer Bruce Roberts
Synthesizer Richard Ruttenburg
Vocals Anita Pointer


8 Nightline

Bass Davey Faragher
Electric Drums Howie Rice
Drums (programming) Glen Ballard
Drums (programming) Reek Havoc
Emulator Paul Fox
Moog Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Mark Goldenberg
Synthesizer Tommy Faragher
Percussion Brie Howard
Percussion Glen Ballard
Vocals June Pointer


9 Telegraph Your Love

Drums (programming) Andy Goldmark
Emulator Paul Fox
Moog Howie Rice
Synthesizer Andy Goldmark
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Vocals Anita Pointer


10 Operator

Drums (programming) Howie Rice
Drums (programming) Bob Mithoff
Emulator Paul Fox
Synthesizer Howie Rice
Programming Stephen Mitchell
Vocals Anita Pointer

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry
Co-producer – Howie Rice (Tracks 4, 5, 10)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Gary Skardina, Stephen Mitchell (Track 1)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Brock Walsh, Glen Ballard (Tracks 2, 6)
Co-producer (Associate) – Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts (Tracks 7, 11)
Co-producer (Associate) – Andy Goldmark (Track 9)
Coordinator – Marge Meoli
Coordinator (Production) – Bradford Rosenberger
Engineer (Additional) – Bobby Gerber, Hill Brin Swimmer, Stuart Furusho
Engineer (Assistant) – Bobby Gerber, David Dubow, Stuart Furusho
Engineer (Recording) – Michael Brooks (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10)
Engineer (Remix) – Bill Schnee
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen

Design, Art Direction – John Kosh, Ron Larson
Photography – Don Miller

Mastered At Precision Lacquer
Mixed At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At Baby’O Recorders
Recorded At Music Grinder Studios
Recorded At Brian Elliot Recording
Phonographic Copyright Planet Records
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