- Released: September 3, 2007
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.All American Girls
- 2.He's Just a Runaway
- 3.If You Really Want Me
- 4.Next Time You'll Know
- 5.Happy Feeling
- 6.Ooh, You Caught My Heart
- 7.Make a Move
- 8.Don't You Let Me Lose It
- 9.Music Makes Me Feel Good
- 10.I Don't Want to Say Goodbye
Sister Sledge: Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge, Kim Sledge, Kathy Sledge.
Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway and Gary Jackson.
Personnel: Debbie Sledge, Kim Sledge, Joni Sledge, Kathy Sledge (vocals); Corrado Rustici, Bob Castell-Blanch (guitar); Dave Grover, Bill Lamb, Marc Russo, Wayne Wallace (horns); Narada Michael Walden (keyboards, drums, percussion); Frank Gayer Martin, Frank Martin (keyboards); Armando Peraza (percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Greenberg; Bob Clearmountain.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Gary Jackson.
Recording information: Automatt; Davlen Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Power Station.
Photographers: Michael Ochs; Norman Seeff.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank Gayer Martin; Bob Castell-Blanch; Bob Defrin; Sandi Young; Frank Martin; Kathy Sledge; Marc Russo.
Arranger: Narada Michael Walden.
After recording two albums under the direction of Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Sister Sledge surprised the R&B world by working with Narada Michael Walden on All American Girls. The Philadelphia siblings had become identified with the Chic sound, and were ready for a change. It was a gamble that paid off artistically more than commercially. Far from a bomb but not as successful as it deserved to be, the album (reissued on CD in 1995 with informative liner notes by music journalist Gary Jackson) boasts its share of gems, including the hit title song (which, ironically, does have a few Chic-ish touches), the rock-influenced "He's Just a Runaway" and the infectiously funky "Make a Move." Interestingly, "Runaway" didn't became a hit until given a reggae remix that isn't nearly as exciting as the version heard on All American Girls, clearly one of the group's finest accomplishments. ~ Alex Henderson