It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers

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Barnes & Noble - John Milward
IT'S YOUR THING is a superb three-CD overview of one of the most influential, adventurous, and consistent R&B bands in history. Music lovers who only know the group from the delicious acid-guitar groove of "That Lady Part 1 & 2" or the funky "Fight the Power" are in for a soulful tour de force; the music here covers more than 40 years and embraces everything from doo-wop to funk, and from Motown pop to psychedelic soul. The first disc includes the band's two breakthrough classics: "Shout," the pop-gospel screamer revived in the film "Animal House," and a barn-burner later covered by the Beatles, "Twist and Shout." Two tracks feature the young Jimi Hendrix, his ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - John Milward
IT'S YOUR THING is a superb three-CD overview of one of the most influential, adventurous, and consistent R&B bands in history. Music lovers who only know the group from the delicious acid-guitar groove of "That Lady Part 1 & 2" or the funky "Fight the Power" are in for a soulful tour de force; the music here covers more than 40 years and embraces everything from doo-wop to funk, and from Motown pop to psychedelic soul. The first disc includes the band's two breakthrough classics: "Shout," the pop-gospel screamer revived in the film "Animal House," and a barn-burner later covered by the Beatles, "Twist and Shout." Two tracks feature the young Jimi Hendrix, his flashy guitar lines not yet adorned with the distortion and volume that was to come. The group's brief tenure at Motown is represented by two great tunes "This Old Heart of Mine" and "Take Me in Your Arms" in which the Isleys are backed by the label's fiery house band. The Isleys' post-Motown career spawned thier biggest pop hits, including the superfunky "It's Your Thing" and "That Lady Part I & 2," with its brilliant, blistering Hendrix-meets-Clapton guitar substituting for the Jimmy Smith-like organ that informed the band's earlier take on the tune which was initially titled "Who's That Lady?". By the 1970s, the Isley's were equally comfortable crafting funky dance numbers "Live It Up", elaborately produced soul tunes "Harvest for the World", and finding quiet-storm melodies in the pop-rock songbooks of James Taylor "I Don't Want to Be Lonely Tonight", Seals and Crofts "Summer Breeze", and Todd Rundgren "Hello It's Me". It's a wild crazy quilt of a repertoire, and one that works because this is a band defined by great singing, sharp instrumentals, and a whole lot of soul.
All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Seldom do compilations, best-of collections, or even box sets capture the big picture on an artist in a way that's as definitive as the music they are attempting to chronicle. There's always something missing: a tape that didn't turn up and no decent vinyl copies around to copy from, or the licensing of a couple of essential tracks from another company fell through the legal cracks and didn't make the final lineup. Bottom line: definitive collections or box sets seldom are. But this one is. The Isley Brothers have been part of the musical landscape for such a long time, it's almost as if they had existed forever. Their musical history runs the gamut from early doo wop to proto-soul to funk to present-day R&B. Their reputation as a house-wrecking live act is superseded only by James Brown and a handful of other R&B performers. Their influence extends to the Beatles and to Jimi Hendrix, who served time in the Isley Brothers' band when he was still a scuffling youngster. They brought church music to the street and infused it with a pop sensibility that never lost its soulfulness. On this three-disc box set, listeners hear the story of that music and see an innovative group finally getting its due. Although the music on this set is cross-licensed from numerous companies and runs the entire scope of the Isley Brothers' career, it is not sequenced chronologically, or at least not on the opening disc. The earliest doo wop sides cut for a series of labels owned by George Goldner show up late in the game on disc one, which opens with the Brothers building up to a live version of "Shout" recorded at Yankee Stadium, followed by the original studio version of the classic. But nice examples of their work from their stints with RCA Victor, Wand, Motown, Atlantic, Cindy, Mark X, and Teenage set the stage perfectly for their own label masterworks on T-Neck. The true bonus of the early tracks on disc one are two tracks featuring Hendrix on guitar. Hearing 1965's "Move Over and Let Me Dance" is not unlike hearing Elvis Presley's Memphis Recording Service demos; the man is not yet a star, yet all the pieces are in place, waiting to happen. Disc two -- covering 1971-1975 -- is where the Brothers hit their stride. They still crank out hits and take on unlikely tunes, truly making them their own. That the Isleys could take on material like the Seals & Crofts weenie "Summer Breeze" and make an R&B masterpiece out of it is still a marvel of creativity over form. Likewise, what they do with material from James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, and Stephen Stills is utterly transforming; they don't cover these songs so much as totally reinvent them in their style. The third disc picks up the story from 1976-1996, chock-full of great original material and loads of devastating guitar from Ernie Isley, a Hendrix disciple who learned it firsthand and almost single-handedly kept the style alive after Hendrix's death. As great and influential as the Isleys and their music have been these many decades, they have unfortunately never achieved the crossover success of Motown artists and other lesser lights of R&B. Their contribution to American music and to African-American culture is writ on this deluxe set, a box that should end up in every serious American music collection out there. Even if you already have some Isley Brothers in the stack, trade 'em in, because this one is the set you really need.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646554722
  • Catalog Number: 65547
  • Sales rank: 92,338

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Building up to Shout (1:38)
  2. 2 Shout, Pts. 1-2 (4:27)
  3. 3 Shout (Live from the TV Show Shindig) [Excerpt from the TV Show Shindig (2:51)
  4. 4 Twist and Shout (2:27)
  5. 5 Who's That Lady (2:46)
  6. 6 Time After Time (5:21)
  7. 7 Move over and Let Me Dance (2:39)
  8. 8 Testify, Pts. 1-2 (5:57)
  9. 9 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (2:36)
  10. 10 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) (2:38)
  11. 11 It's Your Thing (2:46)
  12. 12 I Turned You On (2:36)
  13. 13 Get into Something (7:29)
  14. 14 Freedom (3:37)
  15. 15 Keep on Doin' (3:59)
  16. 16 The Blacker the Berrie (a.k.a Black Berries) (5:51)
  17. 17 Rockin' McDonald (2:09)
  18. 18 Don't Be Jealous (2:27)
  19. 19 Angels Cried (2:14)
  20. 20 It's Your Thing (3:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That Lady, Pts. 1-2 (5:34)
  2. 2 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (4:00)
  3. 3 For the Love of You, Pts. 1-2 (5:38)
  4. 4 Brother, Brother (3:16)
  5. 5 Work to Do (3:10)
  6. 6 Lay-Away (3:21)
  7. 7 Cold Bologna (2:59)
  8. 8 Midnight Sky, Pts. 1-2 (6:56)
  9. 9 Hello It's Me (5:31)
  10. 10 Make Me Say It Again Girl, Pts. 1-2 (7:42)
  11. 11 Summer Breeze (6:11)
  12. 12 Live It Up, Pts. 1-2 (6:14)
  13. 13 Fight the Power, Pts. 1-2 (5:18)
  14. 14 Fire and Rain (5:28)
  15. 15 Love the One You're With (3:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Harvest for the World (Prelude) (2:12)
  2. 2 Harvest for the World (3:53)
  3. 3 Groove With You (4:17)
  4. 4 For the Love of You, Pts. 1-2 (5:00)
  5. 5 Mission to Please You (4:24)
  6. 6 Between the Sheets (5:39)
  7. 7 Caravan of Love - Isley Jasper Isley (5:41)
  8. 8 I'm So Proud (4:53)
  9. 9 Smooth Sailin' Tonight (4:58)
  10. 10 Voyage to Atlantis (6:31)
  11. 11 Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts. 1-2 (5:20)
  12. 12 Pride, Pts. 1-2 (5:33)
  13. 13 At Your Best (You Are Love) (5:23)
  14. 14 Footsteps in the Dark, Pts. 1-2 (5:05)
  15. 15 Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Isley Brothers Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ernie Isley Acoustic Guitar, Conductor, Electric Guitar, Maracas, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Bill Withers Track Performer
Isley Jasper Isley Track Performer
Chris Jasper Synthesizer, Percussion, Conductor, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Clavinet, Piano (Grand)
Jimi Hendrix Track Performer
Marvin Isley Bass, Percussion, Conductor, Background Vocals, cowbell, Wood Block
O'Kelly Isley Conductor, Background Vocals
Ronald Isley Conductor, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rudolph Isley Conductor, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
James Taylor Composer
Chris Jasper Arranger, Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Composer, Producer
Bert Berns Producer
Luigi Creatore Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Marvin Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer, Wood
O'Kelly Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ronald Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rudolph Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Hugo Peretti Producer
Phil Medley Composer
Angela Winbush Composer, Producer
George Goldner Producer
Bert Russell Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Tony Martell Executive Producer
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
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