1986 Pointer Sisters – Hot Together

Hot Together is the title of the twelfth studio album by the Pointer Sisters released in November 1986 by RCA Records.

The eighth of the group’s nine collaborations with producer Richard Perry, Hot Together represented a downturn in the Pointer Sisters’ fortunes. The lead single, “Goldmine,” charted well on Billboard’s R&B and dance charts but only reached #33 on the Hot 100. A second single, the ballad “All I Know Is the Way I Feel,” reached #93 on the Hot 100. A third release, “Mercury Rising,” only managed an appearance on Billboard’s R&B chart. The album’s title track is more well-known, having been included in the soundtrack for the Mel Brooks’ film Spaceballs and the Richard Dreyfuss film Stakeout; it was also a part of the NBA’s late 1980s promotional campaign. Other songs of note include “Set Me Free” (co-written by “Neutron Dance” scribe Allee Willis and featured in the opening scene of Whoopi Goldberg’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”) and “My Life” (co-written by actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard). The album was remastered and issued on CD, with bonus tracks, in 2011 by Big Break Records.

Tracks

1  My Life (Adele Bertei, David Paul Bryant, Sandra Bernhard) 4:12
2  Mercury Rising (Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts) 4:35
Goldmine (Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts) 3:52
4  All I Know Is The Way I Feel (Estelle Levitt, Jerry Ragovoy) 4:42
5  Say The Word (Chuck Wild, Glen Ballard, Marti Sharron) 3:37
6  Hot Together (Sharon Robinson) 4:14
7  Sexual Power (Dan E Williams, Michael D Stewart) 3:44
8  Set Me Free (Allee Willis, Cynthia Weil, Danny Sembello) 4:53
9  Taste (David Swanson, Siedah Garrett) 4:56
10  Eyes Don’t Lie (Glen Ballard, Siedah Garrett) 3:39

Musicians

1 My Life

Drums (programming)David Paul Bryant
Drums (programming)Paul Fox
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerDavid Paul Bryant
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsRuth Pointer


2 Mercury Rising

Drums (programming)Andy Goldmark
Drums (programming)Bobby Khozouri
Drums (programming)Bruce Roberts
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarPaul Pesco
SynthesizerBobby Khozouri
SynthesizerFred Zarr
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionJim Maelen
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsRuth Pointer


3 Goldmine

BassNathan East
Drums (programming)Andy Goldmark
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarHowie Rice
GuitarPaul Pesco
SynthesizerAndy Goldmark
SynthesizerBilly Cobin
SynthesizerBobby Khozouri
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsJune Pointer


4 All I Know Is The Way I Feel

Drums (programming)Jerry Ragovoy
Drums (programming)Merv De Peyer
GuitarDennis Herring
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoJerry Ragovoy
SynthesizerJerry Ragovoy
SynthesizerPaul Fox
VocalsJune Pointer


5 Say The Word

Drums (programming)Chuck Wild
Drums (programming)Glen Ballard
Drums (programming)Paul Fox
GuitarDennis Herring
SynthesizerChuck Wild
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
SynthesizerPaul Fox
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsAnita Pointer


6 Hot Together

Drums (programming)Peter Bunetta
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerPaul Fox
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
SynthesizerRick Chudacoff
SynthesizerSharon Robinson
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionPaul Fox
VocalsJune Pointer


7 Sexual Power

Drums (programming)Dennis Holt
Drums (programming)Jeff Lorber
GuitarRobbie Nevil
GuitarHowie Rice
SynthesizerMike Lawler
SynthesizerJeff Lorber
VocalsAnita Pointer


8 Set Me Free

Drums (programming)Allee Willis
Drums (programming)Daniel Sembello
GuitarLarry Tredwell
SynthesizerAllee Willis
SynthesizerDaniel Sembello
SynthesizerDanny Ironstone
SynthesizerPaul Fox
VocalsRuth Pointer


9 Taste

Drums (programming)Paul Fox
GuitarDennis Herring
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerPaul Fox
SynthesizerChuck Wild
SynthesizerHowie Rice
VocalsAnita Pointer
VocalsJune Pointer
VocalsRuth Pointer


10 Eyes Don’t Lie

Drums (programming)Chuck Wild
Drums (programming)Glen Ballard
Drums (programming)Paul Fox
SynthesizerChuck Wild
SynthesizerGlen Ballard
SynthesizerPaul Fox
SynthesizerJohn van Tongeren
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsAnita Pointer

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Paul Fox (Tracks 1, 5, 9, 10)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – David Paul Bryant (Track 1)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts (Tracks 2, 3)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Jerry Ragovoy (Track 4)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Chuck Wild, Glen Ballard (Tracks 5, 10)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff (Track 6)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Dan E. Williams, Michael D. Stewart (Track 7)
Co-producer (Associate Producer) – Allee Willis (Track 8)
Coordinator (A & R) – Marge Meoli
Coordinator (Production) – Bradford Rosenberger
Arranged By – Andy Goldmark (Track 3)
Arranged By – Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff, Sharon Robinson (Track 6)
Arranged By (Horns) – Paul Fox (Track 5)
Arranged By – Allee Willis (Track 8)
Engineer (Additional) – Francis Buckley, Glen Holguin, Jay Willis, Steve Peck
Engineer (Assistant) – Barbara Milne, David Dubow, Glen Holguin, Glenn Walker, Kraig Miller, Rich Slater
Engineer (Recording) – Michael Brooks
Engineer (Remix) – Bill Bottrell
Engineer (Second) – Jay Willis
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Francis Buckley (Tracks 1, 9)
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Hugo Dwyer (Track 4)
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Mick Guzauski (Track 6)
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Randy Holland (Track 7)
Recorded By (Basic Track) – Danny Sembello (Track 8)

Art Direction, Design – John Kosh, Ron Larson
Photography By – Randee St. Nicholas

Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA/Ariola International
Copyright (c) – RCA/Ariola International
Recorded and Mixed at Studio 55, Los Angeles, California
Additional Recording:
Unique Recording, New York, NY
Counterpoint Recording Studios, New York, NY
Conway Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Music Grinder, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered at Precision Lacquer