CD reissue of this 1978 album from the sisterly Soul/R&B outfit featuring three bonus tracks. The Pointer Sisters hit the R&B, Soul and Dance charts for two decades: the 1970s and 1980s.
IF EVER A ALBUM NEEDED TO BE RELEASED ON CD- ENERGY FINALLY
Nat Tombrello | Hoover, Alabama | 07/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WHERE DO I START! first of all i have been e-mailing WOUNDED BIRD RECORD LABEL FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS TO RELEASE "ENERGY" on CD- plus i and others have been discussing WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR-why has'nt this been released on CD yet. well now it has. EVERYTHING JUST FELL INTO PLACE WITH THIS RELEASE IN 1978---richard perry an amazing producer starts PLANET RECORDS his own label distributed by ELEKTRA RECORDS. AND PLANET 1--IS POINTER SISTERS "ENERGY" what a master piece truly magic and truly in my opinion one of the best releases ever. THE POINTER SISTERS what a amazing group. all 3 sisters have their own signature sound and voice their own. and each song each sings fits perfectly with their style. i am so glad to have this on CD. and thank you WOUNDED BIRD which is a pretty cool label releasing out of print CD's and putting classic recordings on CD"s. they did it with maria muldaur, nicolette larson, ben orr, and now the pointer sisters and candi staton. it is like magic. no need in talking about the greatness of this release each song is classic and i have to say better than the original artists. "as i come of age" sends chills to me. just wish june pointer was around to see this released. still miss and love you june. and thanks AMAZON for having this in stock from what i hear there was such a demand some are on back order. i already own BLACK AND WHITE and just got ENERGY in and also PRIORITY. and fans need to stop with the sound quality it is fine to me. i am just happy this is on CD and having extra songs is just more to love. thanks to the POINTER SISTERS who have given me so much pleasure listening to your beautiful vocals. better get this because it may go out of print like SPECIAL THINGS did"
Take Some *ROCK* Add Some *GOSPEL* With A Touch of *SOUL* =
Alex Honda | Los Angeles, CA USA | 07/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've heard some of the tracks off of the Pointer Sisters' ENERGY CD/ALBUM on the many various compilations that are out there like the hit single "Fire" and "Happiness," but those are just the tip of the iceberg. Since I didn't have this album as a kid, and it went out of print pretty fast, I never heard the rest of the offerings.
Let me say that ENERGY is another standout album from the Pointer Sisters! I don't know why it took so long to be re-issued?
The music is a fusion of rock and gospel, and though most of the songs are covers like "Angry Eyes" by Loggins & Messina, "Fire" by Bruce Springsteen, and "Everybody Is A Star" by Sly & The Family Stone, the Pointers put their own stamp on the music with their wonderful harmony.
Other stand outs for me besides "Fire"--which Anita does beautifully-- though the whole album is great: "Lay It On The Line"--June takes the lead on this complete with piano, guitar and snare drums; "Come And Get Your Love"--Ruth takes lead and this song rocks with organ sounding like a gospel hymn; "Happiness"--June on lead with Ruth and Anita right on her heels, the song has an infectious beat; "Echoes Of Love"--Anita on lead and this song sounds like early Hall & Oats, but it's another catchy tune with great harmony.
There are three bonus tracks: "Love Is Like A Rolling Stone," "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady," (previously released on other compilations) and "Happiness" 12" version.
The fold-out, one page cover shows some pics from the album jacket. No liner notes.
Wounded Bird Records has done a good job remastering the CD like another reviewer pointed out.
I definitely would recommend ENERGY to fans of the Pointer Sisters. It's a good solid album that doesn't sound dated at all."
The Pointers Can Mak a Little Happiness Go A Long Way
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 08/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For some years now I owned this album on vinyl and,to be honest I never listened to it that much. The main reason is for anyone whose mainly familiar with the Pointer's huge pop hits circa 1980-1985 this might come as something of a musical shocker. Obviously this is the sister's debut on Planet,with Richard Perry of course at the controls.So what's the big deal about that?Well the Pointer's,known as a funky R&B act with a lot of jazz and country mixed it were suddenly released this album possitioning them as an impassioned rock trio,with some often greasy rocking guitar riffs from Waddy Wachtel. What makes this album so unique is the sister's gospel and R&B backrounds made them ideal to be one of many pioneers of late 70's rock 'n soul. Honestly it was a style mostly associated with white musicians and at the same time the Pointer's were delivering it from the source. And even if you a hardcore R&B/funk fan this won't put you off at all. In fact I bet you'll be pretty excited after hearing it. True it's an album of covers,some more known than others but if the power and every of "Lay It On The Line","Angry Eyes" and "Come And Get Your Love" doesn't wack you over the head first than the milder "Dirty Work","As I Come Of Age" or even the breakout hit on this album "Fire" certainly will. There are also a handfull of songs that are,by the standards of the day conventional "commercial R&B" type songs such as to be heard in the sneaky shuffle of "Hypnotized" and the....well gospel country-disco flavor of "Happiness",written by their old stand by from the Blue Thumb days Allen Toussaint. "Echoes Of Love" ironically takes a Michael McDonald era Doobie Brothers song and...gives it a bit more of a pre McDonald era Doobie sound. It's kind of a clever if unintentional musical twist on Perry's part."Everybody Is A Star" has the same basic arrangement as Sly's original put the music is given more of a country-pop flavor than anything the original was implying.The bonus tracks include "Love Is Like A Rolling Stone",an excellent,rocking outtake that should've made the original albums "tune stack" but somehow missed the final selection. The remix of the funky "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady" is great but........it's a song originally from the 1982 album So Excited which was commercially and musically as far from this kind of album as you could get so,it seems chronologically out of place here to an extent. The 12# mix of "Happiness" basically only extends the ending a minute longer or so:nice but no big deal. In general this is a fine Pointer Sisters release. The music may sound shocking but the approch is almost older than dirt in pop music:this is simply a late 70's update on what the Isley's and Ike & Tina were doing in the early 60's. But even so,in a very uncertain and mixed up musical environment I have to give Perry and the Pointers credit for having them make a comeback by virtue of boldness and versitility as opposed to just keeping up with the joneses."
Finally, my collection of old albums converted to cds, compl
Kenneth Schaeffer | Indiana, PA | 10/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I, like other reviewers that I have just read have been lobbying for this album to be released on cd for years. I just could not understand why it was not being released. When I discovered Wounded Bird via the Nantucket albums, I emailed them suggesting this album a couple years ago.
Although the transfer is not perfect. I think they did a decent job. A remaster would have been nice.
I must confess that I am not a big Pointer Sisters fan. I was mostly into just rock and roll. But this is a great album. I have been listening to it since it came out. When a friend suggested it to me, I was stunned. THE POINTER SISTERS?????? Really...lol
But let me tell you it only took 1 listening to Angry Eyes and Dirty Work to convince me. All people involved did a fantastic job of putting this album of covers together. I like most, if not all, of them better than the originals.
So give it a listen. I think you will be pleased.
PS, If you have never heard of the band (Nantucket) that I mentioned earlier. Give them a shot. One of the most unappreciated/unknown rock bands of the late 70s. It's always fun to discover great music that you have never heard of."
Ivan Koogle | Hill City, South Dakota USA | 08/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If your a Pointer Sisters fan, as I am, get this CD. If you are not a fan already, get the CD anyway and you will certainly become one. The Energy album came out in 1978 when the Sisters were in transition from their old eclectic jazz and blues - remember them with their thrift shop outfits? But it was before the pop sound they became best known for, e.g. Jump (For My Love), Automatic, Neutron Dance, I'm So Excited, Hot Together, etc.
The Energy album is a full-blown 70s era rock album with a little funk and a little gospel. (BTW: It is NOT soft rock, which is in my mind an oxymoron.) "Fire" and "Happiness" became hit songs, but there are several other great songs/covers on the album that just never got out there. "Come Get Your Love" (not the Redbone song) is a mindblower, and "Dirty Work", "Hypnotized" and "Angry Eyes" are all incredibly great covers.
I am seeing reviews from so-called audiophiles who complain about poor sound quality on this re-issue from Wounded Bird, and this complaint is a great dis-service. I've listened tons of times and do not perceive any such thing. You would miss out if you pass up on this CD. It has become a favorite of mine."