All American Girls

Summary

All American Girls
Sister Sledge All American Girls 1981.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 1981
RecordedSeptember 1980 – January 1981
Studio
Genre
Length40:04
LabelCotillion Records
Producer
Sister Sledge chronology
Love Somebody Today
(1980)
All American Girls
(1981)
The Sisters
(1982)
Singles from All American Girls
  1. "All American Girls"
    Released: January 30, 1981
  2. "Next Time You'll Know"
    Released: April 24, 1981
  3. "If You Really Want Me"
    Released: August 1981
  4. "He's Just a Runaway"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]

All American Girls is the fifth studio album by the American R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, released on February 2, 1981, by Cotillion Records. Unlike their previous albums, the group served as co–producers, with Kathy Sledge and Joni Sledge writing the songs.

Background

Released in February 1981, this album was a departure from the past band style and does not feature production by Nile Rodgers or Bernard Edwards. Instead, Narada Michael Walden was the main producer of the project. Four singles were released from this album.

The first single and biggest hit from the album was "All American Girls", written by songwriter Allee Willis along with Joni Sledge and Narada Michael Walden's then–wife Lisa Walden. Released in January 1981, The song peaked at number three on the R&B/Soul charts and 79 on the Hot 100 charts in late–March 1981.[2] It was also a Top 10 hit in the Low Countries, reaching number eight in The Netherlands and number six in Belgium.[3] It also charted in Germany (#27)[3] and the UK (#41).[4]

The follow–up single was "Next Time You'll Know" which was released in April 1981. The single peaked at number 82 on the Hot 100 charts by mid–May 1981. In August 1981, the third single "If You Really Want Me" written by the youngest member Kathy Sledge was released and "He's Just a Runaway" in late 1981.

Track listing

  1. "All American Girls" (Allee Willis, Joni Sledge, Lisa Walden) – 4:42
  2. "He's Just a Runaway" (Willis) – 3:57
  3. "If You Really Want Me" (Kathy Sledge) – 4:37
  4. "Next Time You'll Know" (Willis) – 3:57
  5. "Happy Feeling" (K. Sledge) – 3:35
  6. "Ooh, You Caught My Heart" (Willis, Narada Michael Walden) – 4:25
  7. "Make a Move" (Bob Allen, J. Sledge) – 3:47
  8. "Don't Let Me Lose It" (Willis) – 2:53
  9. "Music Makes Me Feel Good" (K. Sledge) – 4:29
  10. "I Don't Want to Say Goodbye" (Jeff Cohen, N. Walden) – 3:39

Personnel

  • Kathy Sledge – lead vocals
  • Joni Sledge – lead vocals
  • Kim Sledge – lead vocals
  • Debbie Sledge – lead vocals
  • Bob Castell-Blanch – guitar
  • Frank Martin – keyboards
  • Randy Jackson – bass guitar
  • Narada Michael Walden – drums
  • The See America Horns:
    • Marc Russo – saxophone
    • Dave Grover – trumpet, trombone
    • Bill Lamb – trumpet, trombone
    • Wayne Wallace – trombone

Production

  • Narada Michael Walden – producer
  • Sister Sledge – co–producer
  • Bob Clearmountainsound engineer
  • Humberto Gatica – engineer
  • Ken "Kessanova" Kessie – engineer
  • David Greenberg – assistant engineer
  • Laertes "Doc" Muldrow – assistant engineer
  • Maureen Droney – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • All songs recorded and mixed at The Automatt, Davlen Studios & Power Station

References

  1. ^ Sister Sledge - All American Girls (1981) album at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ Billboard - Sister Sledge Bio
  3. ^ a b Dutch Charts: Sister Sledge - "All American Girls"
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company: Sister Sledge - "All American Girls" official singles chart results". OfficialCharts.com. 1981-02-28. Retrieved 2019-03-10.

External links

  • Sister Sledge - All American Girls (1981) album releases & credits at Discogs
  • Sister Sledge - All American Girls (1981) album to be listened as stream on Spotify