Please Release Me: The Pointer Sisters Step Up

Jan 25th, 2007 // 4 Comments

steppincover.jpgWelcome to another edition of “Please Release Me,” in which your Idolators request–nay beg–that an out-of-print, delayed or held-up-in-customs album be issued Stateside:

Artist: The Pointer Sisters
Hometown: Oakland, Ca.
Album: Steppin’, 1975
What is it?: Released when the group was still a quartet–and long before its members became neutron-dancing MTV stars–Steppin’ is a funk-soul find, one that’s best described by Idolator commenter mackro: “[It's] probably the greatest R&B record that you can find easily for under a buck on vinyl (but no less than $50 on CD). The full version of ‘How Long (Betcha Got A Chick On The Side)’ slays almost anything that came near it in the groove department (and also is lyrically referenced by Missy Elliott circa 2000 or so.)”
Where is it?: Amazingly, this is only available as an import, and while it won’t set you back as a fifty-spot, it’s a shame that U.S. record stores aren’t stockin’ Steppin’.

UPDATE: Turns out it is available in the U.S., at the Hip-O-Select store. Thanks for the comment-section help!

The Pointer Sisters – How Long (Betcha’ Got A Chick On The Side) [MP3, link expired]
The Pointer Sisters- Going Down Slowly [MP3, link expired]

  1. h. ross piroshky

    oh god, those shoes!

    i would imagine this is some pretty good stuff, cover art notwithstanding.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    Were you guys inspired to look up Steppin’ after posting the Sisters’ cover of the Stevie Wonder song (“Sleeping Alone”) the other day? ‘Cuz I did (when I add songs to iTunes I always look for original album titles/cover art), and that cover just charmed the hell out of me. It’s so gloriously tacky and of its time – and weirdly prophetic, because weren’t high-heeled lace-up sneakers “in” with women just a couple of years ago? Anyway…

    I liked the Wonder cover, and if the whole album’s worthwhile in an old-school R&B way, maybe I’ll check it out. Thx.

  3. d_mosurock

    Why are you going through my record collection, Idolator?

  4. Andy_K

    You can get Steppin’, Having a Party, That’s a Plenty, and Live At the Opera House from Hip-O Select. They’re something like $18 each.

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