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
man I wish "Summer Breeze" was 100 minutes long
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:40 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) Permalink
― hammer smashed nagls (mattresslessness), Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:28 (three years ago) Permalink
Euler so otm!
In other news p4k rates 23 Isley Brothers albums with mathematical precision http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20989-the-isley-brothers-the-rca-victor-and-t-neck-album-masters/
― 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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO8dSfle7ow
― 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
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
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: https://www.mixonline.com/.amp/recording/classic-tracks-isley-brothers-lady-365000
― Before Hollywood Swing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:43 (one year ago) Permalink
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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five months ago) Permalink