Pointer Sisters – Break Out
‘I Need You’ was issued as the first single and was an adult contemporary hit, but just barely cracked the U.S. top 40 at its peak. When the follow up singles ‘Automatic’ and ‘Jump’ both hit the top five on all three of the U.S. pop, R&B and dance charts, the album shot into the top ten.
This second (and more common) version of the album appeared in stores when ‘Jump’ was at the peak of popularity at radio. On the reissue, the order of the tracks was changed and ‘Jump’ was renamed to ‘Jump (For My Love)’ to match the way it was printed on the singles, to help avoid confusion with the Van Halen song ‘Jump’ which was also a hit at the same time. On this version of the album ‘Jump’ is slightly remixed at the end, and the timing slightly changed from 4:22 to 4:26.
In July 1984 the song 'I'm So Excited' was re-released as a single and the album was again reissued with a new catalog number, adding 'I'm So Excited' to the tracklisting, and removing the track 'Nightline'.
‘I'm So Excited’ (which originally appeared on the Sisters' album “So Excited!”) had been a top 30 hit in its original form in 1982. This remixed version went all the way to #9, and was certified gold. The fifth and sixth singles, ‘Neutron Dance’ and ‘Baby Come And Get It’, helped to push "Break Out" to multi-platinum status, ultimately selling 4.5 million copies in the U.S. alone -- no small feat for a time when record sales were still being tabulated by hand.