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Exposé – Point Of No Return (1987 US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 3rd, 2011



Exposé was initially formed in 1984 when Lewis Martineé, a Miami disc jockey and producer, decided to form a dance-based group. Working with his partners Ismael Garcia and Frank Diaz at Pantera Productions, talent scouts hired Sandra Casañas (Sandeé), Alejandra Lorenzo (Alé), and Laurie Miller as the group’s lineup, under the title X-Posed. The next year, the trio recorded “Point of No Return” for Pantera Records as a 12-inch vinyl single, which became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song helped to introduce a still-popular genre of music that became known as freestyle, which often features keyboard riffs, a sing-along chorus, and electro funk drum-machine patterns in the music arrangement. The success of “Point of No Return” quickly led Exposé to sign with Arista/BMG Records, which promptly assumed distribution of the 12-inch vinyl single.

During the recording of the group’s first studio album Exposure, the personnel of the group changed. Reports vary based on the source. According to People magazine, one of the original singers quit while two of the girls were fired midway through the recording of the first album, but according to Billboard, all three were fired. Arista records felt that the three original singers lacked star potential. Martinee states that he made the decision himself to replace the three girls, while Miller maintains it was all their choice, and Jurado confirms that Lorenzo wanted to leave. Shortly thereafter, Casañas pursued a solo career and Lorenzo pursued other ambitions; they were replaced by Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno. Miller began a solo career; she was replaced by Ann Curless.

In February 1987, the new lineup of Exposé released its debut album, Exposure, on Arista Records. Notably, unlike many classic girl groups, Exposé alternated lead vocals among its members. During the summer of 1987, a re-recorded version of “Point of No Return” was released, with Jurado performing lead vocals, and it topped out at #5 on the Hot 100. While the initial distribution of Exposure to suppliers contained the original 1984 version of that song, subsequent pressings contained the new vocal version; this has led to the original pressings of the album being considered a collector’s item.

Point Of No Return (Extended Mix) 9:38
Mixed By – Mike CouzziRique Alonso

Point Of No Return (Crossover Mix) 5:45
Mixed By – Chris Lord-Algé*

Dub Of No Return (Strikes Again) 6:30
Mixed By – Mike CouzziRique Alonso

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Point Of No Return (’87 Rerelease) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #5
1987 Point Of No Return (’87 Rerelease) U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #39
1987 Point Of No Return (’87 Rerelease) U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #12


Label: Arista – AD1-9580
Format: Vinyl, 12″ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Freestyle, Electro, Hi NRG, Latin
Credits: Executive Producer – Francisco J. Diaz
Producer, Arranged By, Mixed By, Written-By – Lewis A. Martineé

Produced & arranged for Pantera Productions.
A1 & B2 mixed at Criteria Studios, Miami.
B1 mixed at The Hit Factory, NYC

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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20 Responses to “Exposé – Point Of No Return (1987 US 12″ Promo)”

  1. feanor Says:

    thanks for posting both of these 12″ singles, and esp. for all the research you’ve done to set the record straight! i do appreciate all you do to keep these singles out there!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Feanor you are very welcome and I appreciate your comment.


    Marcello Reply:

    Hi, Please repost those Expose’s and Regina”s singles….

    I’ will be thankful….



  2. Rich Venn Says:

    Thanks for posting Paul! This is such as great 12″ and I actually prefer the 1987 version with Jeanette Jurado on vocals. The Extended Mix on this single is especially good. I really appreciate your high-quality vinyl rips, they breath new life into great music. Thanks again!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Your welcome Rich it was my pleasure I enjoyed re-visiting this one.


  3. Santi Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this DJ Paul. It feels great to see and hear the difference between the ’85 and ’87 versions of this track, and to see what mixes came from which release. I bow down to your commitment to bringing back great music to the world in rips which are sometimes better than those put out into the mass market! Thank you again! 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much for the compliment I really appreciate it Santi.


  4. ric Says:

    So glad to have this rip of yours…I can say bye bye to my 12″ for this now! Thanks Paul!
    Freestyle acts are seldom known for being album artists, but Expose and The Cover Girls each produced an excellent debut album…Exposure and Show Me. It didn’t hurt that great single after single was lifted off them.
    What I love about Expose is, as mentioned above, they took turns to do the lead. No “Diana Ross” type of domination.
    What was surprising to me about this ’87 is that it didn’t chart in the Club Play list at all.
    It’s pretty strange, considering this is a different version and a different single. Plus Expose were red hot at the time on the back of Expose To Love and Come Go With Me in the club charts. I don’t see why DJs won’t or didn’t play that new version in 1987.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I love the ’87 version and it was what I was most familiar with in those days I never even knew about the ’85 release. I was very surprised as well to see that this single did nothing on the dance chart.


    Dan Reply:

    The only explanation I could think of is that DJ’s might have been reluctant to play it since it had only been a few years before that the original version was a hit in the clubs. On the other hand, with the new version climbing up the Pop charts, you’d think they’d WANT to play it. I guess we’ll never know. Also interesting is that “Exposed To Love” didn’t make the Pop chart at all.

    Anyway, I’d just like to commend you on the excellent job you have done with these rips, Paul! I echo Santi’s statement above and would also like to say that as a collector myself, I look forward to each new post of yours and that many of them have made my day after a long workday.


  5. Doug Says:

    Thank you!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome =)


  6. Erik Says:

    Thanks !!
    you can Post que single Virginal Mystery By Kiki Gaida??
    I cannot find a good rip , Everything is full of cracks and vinyl noise!!
    Here the discogs link

    ( sorry for my english , i speak Brazilian portuguese )
    Thanks From Brazil !!


  7. synthdave82 Says:

    Thanks for posting both versions of this song!!! Just wanna let you know if you want the X-Posed 84′ Miami version I just uploaded it to my blog =) Check it out:


    It’s pretty funny, I posted a couple of freestyle albums and you started posting singles….. I think it’s about time freestyle make a comeback!!! I got a couple more freestyle albums on the site & probably will be posting more soon 😉 Thanks again for posting such a clean quality on the singles!!!


  8. Rob Says:

    Wow, that means that the vinyl copy that I have at home is one of the originals.


  9. LS Says:

    I just pulled out my Exposure album and, sure enough, it’s a first press with the ’85 version of PONR. I never knew. Thanks for the info!!!


  10. booterscooter Says:

    thanks for posting these!


  11. DjPaulT Says:

    Links have been fixed 🙂


    Nelly Reply:

    Thanks again Paul; “you’re taking me to the point of no return” (ahem)


  12. lobashov Says:

    Very much I love this command. Thanks to you DjPaulT they again come to life 🙂 Thank you!!!


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