Isley Brothers: S/D

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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) link

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) link


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

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) link

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) link

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) link

that live album is phenomenal

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

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 (two years ago) link


niels, Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:55 (two years ago) link

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

niels, Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:59 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

They really were awesome.

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

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) link

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

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

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) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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