Calling ... CD United Artists/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Sublime work from NoelPointer – a set that sparkles equally from both his soul and jazz talents! The record's a perfect example of the way that key artists like Pointer were blending R&B and fusion at the end of the 70s – really perfecting earlier experiments of cats like Norman Connors or Johnny Hammond, and coming up with a style that not only brings a lot of depth to mainstream soul, but which also helps save fusion from some of its more overindulgent tendencies! The core sounds are mixed with some nice strings on some of the album's best tracks – giving the set a great sense of class and sophistication that really helps it transcend the usual – while other numbers stick tight to the kind of Capitol Rare grooving that Pointer was always great at – sweet mellow groovers and steppers that have made the record a classic for years. Titles include "Tween The Lines", "Love Is", "Calling", "Take A Look", "As Long As I Know", "Morning Song", "Higher Than Heaven", and "Precious Pearl". CD
NoelPointer gets some great help here from Chicago soul maestro Richard Evans – and the result is one of Pointer's greatest albums ever! Noel's jazzy violin style is mixed with fuller strings and a warmly soulful groove – of the style that Evans was laying down on his own solo work of the period, in a way that really gives the album a tremendous sense of drive and focus. Most cuts groove along in a rolling midtempo mode – just the right pace to hold onto all of the most sophisticated elements of Evans' arrangements, but keep things moving smoothly along too. Pointer sings lead vocals on most numbers, and the use of strings here – mixed with his own violin – is almost a modern soul update of Evans' older Soulful Strings approach! Titles include "Classy Lady", "All The Reasons Why", "Brookline", "Savin It Up", "Virgie", "Oh What A Beautiful City", and "Land Of Make Believe". LP, Vinyl record album