Isley Brothers: S/D

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What's the effect pedal/technique that Ernie uses on Who's That Lady? Any other songs that have that sound out there?

Brio, Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

RIP Marvin Isley

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 14:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

don't forget the early stuff. THis Old Heart of Mine takes some beating

Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 14:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP Marv :(

Wenlock & Mandelson (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 10:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"this old heart of mine" sounds like it was written for the four tops first

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Saturday, 12 November 2011 20:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

wikipedia says it was meant for the supremes. oh well close enough

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Saturday, 12 November 2011 20:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This take just kicks ass.

It's a good record all the way through.

I'd love to have a time machine to check out what the r&b club scene was like in the late 60s in Ohio. There was so much talent in that area in that time, I bet there was some great shows that went down.

earlnash, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

gonna rep for "givin it back", amazing covers on there

the late great, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Ernie Isley just wails on "Climbin' Up the Ladder, Parts 1 & 2" from 'Go for Your Guns'. It gives a taste what some Hendrix might have sounded like on top of some heavy mid 70s funk grooves.

earlnash, Sunday, 28 July 2013 23:56 (five years ago) Permalink

The Isleys are easily in the very top strata of artists of all time.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Monday, 29 July 2013 06:47 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

This is a cool article I found on the recording of "That Lady" and that amazing lead guitar sound. There is an interesting connection between the Isley's and Tonto's Expanding Head Band that I did not know about.

earlnash, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 04:48 (five years ago) Permalink

That's a great read!

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 09:46 (five years ago) Permalink

THey put out a Classic lp box set a few years ago which consists of their late 60s, early 70s material. I think it was about the first time I came across a Classic years box.

Had been wanting to check out that stuff for years I think it goes up to 3+3, cos I don't think i have that lp elsewhere though I did have it on vinyl years back.

Their late 50s stuff is pretty great frenetic stuff a feeling they kept throughout their Motown years too. I thought the This Old Heart Of Mine lp pretty hard-edged for Motown.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 11:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think that's why their Motown career didn't really work out - they were an odd fit, though the clash between Motown's sweet polish and Ron's gutsy vocal gave us This Old Heart Of Mine, which is just the greatest.

I wrote an 'Isleys in 10 tracks' piece for the Guardian that went up yesterday, and boiling a five decade career down to 10 tracks was a pulverisingly tricky task. I'm currently being taken to task in the comments for not including Summer Breeze (which, obv, is a brilliant track, but I prefer Harvest For The World as an example of their light pop side, and That Lady as a showcase for Ernie's guitar skills).

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 11:32 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

man I wish "Summer Breeze" was 100 minutes long

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:40 (four years ago) Permalink

stretches out a bit but really I want this to go on forever

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:26 (four years ago) Permalink

one of the best parts of the "Internet Age" is that I can find a band like this that I'd never really paid attention to before, except for the most obvious singles, and listen the shit out of them on a binge and realize THEY'RE THE BEST BAND EVER

& yes I am listening to "Summer Breeze" YET AGAIN right now. such an amazing song: piano and drums dancing together, lovely singing, and massive fuzzed out guitar wailing. the piano gives it jazziness but it swings in a rock way too, is there a book about this song I can read, I feel like I could understand everything I want to know about music from reading it & listening to this song forever

but then like "Between The Sheets" is amazing too in a completely different way. like was there not a style these guys didn't do? I used to think that about the Young Rascals, like they were behind every "oldies" song whose name I didn't know, but with the Isleys, it's like, they did everything, from the early 60s through what became g funk.

they are really the best band in the world, I'm so blown away

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:07 (four years ago) Permalink


hammer smashed nagls (mattresslessness), Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Euler so otm!

In other news p4k rates 23 Isley Brothers albums with mathematical precision

niels, Friday, 11 September 2015 09:04 (three years ago) Permalink

he's definitely right about the heat is on being their best album. the slow side of that one is like heroin thru the veins.

J. Sam, Friday, 11 September 2015 12:56 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm hard-pressed to think of a bigger chasm between a crap original and a brilliant cover:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 11 September 2015 14:04 (three years ago) Permalink

that live album is phenomenal

fund metal health (stevie), Monday, 14 September 2015 09:44 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Don't say goodnight, best slow jam

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 10 June 2017 06:35 (one year ago) Permalink


niels, Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:55 (one year ago) Permalink

was there ever a better guitar solo than Ernie's on Summer Breeze?

niels, Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:59 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

They really were awesome.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 January 2018 03:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Nice! Was hoping you would include “Love the One You’re With” - the live version- but hey, who am I to tell you who to sock it to.

Before Hollywood Swing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:06 (one year ago) Permalink

That live version - the entire album, in fact - is awesome.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Repost of link that shifted and broke upthread:

Before Hollywood Swing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:43 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Where's the best place to start with these guys? Seems like I've heard a fair bit but it's so all over the place stylistically and there's so much stuff..

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Bought this v v cheaply from Fopp a little while ago - excellent 3 CD set of their late 60s/70s stuff - all the hits and lots of deep cuts:

Ward Fowler, Friday, 3 August 2018 08:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

I almost think it'd have to be a box set, but the Live album from the 70s, plus Brother, Brother, Brother, 3x3 and Fight The Power are all favourites of mine.

Arthur Funzonerelli (stevie), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm not deep in their catalog but 3 + 3 is one of my favorite albums, a joy from start to finish

niels, Friday, 3 August 2018 09:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

Late 60s/early 70s is prob my fave era but some highlight albums:

Shout (1959)
This Old Heart Of Mine (1966)
Doin' Their Thing (1969)
3+3 (1973)

I guess you could try those and go from there

Colonel Poo, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

This is my go-to Isleys comp:

Spans the '50s through the '80s, includes live stuff and Motown.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 3 August 2018 13:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

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