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4/09/2005

Guilty pleasure Saturday: Pointer Sisters - "Happiness"

Guilty Pleasure Saturday returns with it's groove-on.

The Pointer Sisters are the greatest sister act in the history of recorded music. Between 1979 and 1984, Oakland natives Ruth, Anita and June Pointer had a terrific run of R & B based pop hits. "Happiness" was the up-tempo follow-up single to their breakthough #2 pop hit, "Fire," both from their revelatory LP Energy. The Richard Perry-produced Energy transformed the sister act from a retro novelty group to mainstream pop princesses.

While the Bruce Springsteen-written "Fire" was a rock song expertly recast as a smoldering quiet-storm, ballad, "Happiness" is pure harmony-driven soul, with just a touch of 1920s fun. It is similar to their initial hit "Yes We Can Can," which they recorded as a foursome (Sister Bonnie was still a group member). Both, in fact, were written by New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint. "Happiness" thankfully lacks the novelty flavor of the earlier hit.

How to add some "Happiness" to your CD collection? Given that the Sisters were a singles group, their music really belongs in a CD collection only in the form of a hits compilation. Given further that "Happiness" was only a minor Pointer hit, you must choose your compilation carefully. It is not on every compilation. Your best bet is The Best of the Pointer Sisters, a mere $11.88 at alldirect.com, which covers their Planet/RCA record label years of 1978 to 1987.

That, of course, means this Best is missing "Yes We Can Can" and "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)". It is merely the Best of the Three-Sister Pointers. You will need Yes We Can Can: The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings for the best of the Four Sister Pointers. I guess it all depends on how essential you think Bonnie was.
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