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 Post subject: The Isley Brothers
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:40 pm 
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This just got five votes. First time in a long while that i've made a thread in here, as well.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:27 pm 
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As it pertains to The Isley Brothers, I feel obligated to assert that Shout may just be the best rock song of the 1950's.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:27 pm 
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The Isley Brothers is one of my three favorite bands. So anything I say about them is going to be filtered through that bias. From "Shout" in 59 through "It's Your Thing" in 69, the Isleys had only a couple of hits. So many bands would have given up in that ten years, family or not.

For all the filler like their cover of "Rock Around the Clock" and clunkers like "Surf and Shout", there are these hidden gems like "Footprints in the Snow" or "My Little Girl" or UK Motown hit "Put Yourself in My Place". If it weren't for their monster string of 70s hits, I'd have never heard the rest of their 60s stuff. It always makes me wonder how many other kick@ss songs and albums and bands got lost in the shuffle and I'll probably never hear them.

When they finally hit their stride in the 3+3 era, it was like they could do no wrong. How can a band with this kind of glory period be so under-rated? Ernie Isley not in the DDD guitar top 100? Marvin not in the bass top 100? Chris Jasper not in the keyboard top 100? (while Eddie Van Halen gets an honorable metion!)

And there's the vocals. From the Carters, to the Everlys, to the Gibbs, to the Pointers, there are no better harmonies than family harmonies. And Ronald Isley is how old? 70? His voice on that 2010 solo album sounds as just good as it did in 1970 or 80.

My (current) ten favorite songs:
It's Too Late
Work To Do
What It Comes Down To
So You Wanna Stay Down
Hope You Feel Better Love
Footsteps In The Dark
Midnight Sky
Get Into Something
Who Loves You Better
Summer Breeze

My favorite album and recommend first listen:
Go For Your Guns (1977)


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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I love Ron's voice. Seems he's been pretty diverse throughout his lengthy career too.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Negative Creep wrote:
I love Ron's voice. Seems he's been pretty diverse throughout his lengthy career too.

This. He's able to do a lot of different things.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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I think I prefer Todd Rundgren's version, but damn this is great stuff.



I usually don't get much into that "seduction ballad" style of r&b, but ^this is just impossible not to love.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Negative Creep wrote:
I think I prefer Todd Rundgren's version, but damn this is great stuff.


There's just something about an Isley-ized cover version: Givin' It Back, Brother Brother Brother, The Isleys Live, 3+3 are either half or all covers and IMO they range from very good to excellent.



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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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You picked some of my faves, dmille.

Also really like Climbing Up The Ladder and Voyage to Atlantis. Probably some more. Will have a ponder.


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You picked some of my faves, dmille.

Also really like Climbing Up The Ladder and Voyage to Atlantis. Probably some more. Will have a ponder.


Yeah, both tunes on Go For Your Guns...


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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dmille wrote:
Nick-ola wrote:
You picked some of my faves, dmille.

Also really like Climbing Up The Ladder and Voyage to Atlantis. Probably some more. Will have a ponder.


Yeah, both tunes on Go For Your Guns...


Probably just shades 3+3 for my fave album of theirs, though it depends on the day. 3+3 is a more varied album i feel.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Say You Will, The Highways of My Life and Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight are some more faves.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Another great Isley-ized cover



And still another...



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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Always liked that album, dmille.

Listened to Live It Up yesterday, strong second side. Ain't I Been Good To You is another favourite of mine.


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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Nick-ola wrote:
Always liked that album, dmille.

Listened to Live It Up yesterday, strong second side. Ain't I Been Good To You is another favourite of mine.


Album tracks just as stong as the hits (sometimes better).


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 Post subject: Re: The Isley Brothers
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The original original version



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