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Love Songs
     

Love Songs

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by The Isley Brothers
 

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Along with Barry White and Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers created the soundtrack for romance in the mid-'70s and early '80s. Ronald Isley's creamy falsetto could easily be mistaken for Al Green, particularly against the background of swirling keyboards found on "For the Love of You (Parts 1 & 2)" and the

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Along with Barry White and Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers created the soundtrack for romance in the mid-'70s and early '80s. Ronald Isley's creamy falsetto could easily be mistaken for Al Green, particularly against the background of swirling keyboards found on "For the Love of You (Parts 1 & 2)" and the wailing guitar of "Voyage to Atlantis." Whereas the Isley's interpretation of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" made for memorable bedside listening, with its thick-as-molasses bass line, come-hither vocals, and background moaning, "Between the Sheets" became the quintessential quiet storm jam. With the 13 enchanting songs compiled on Love Songs, these masters of seduction show why their music has influenced an army of contemporary R&B lotharios including R. Kelly and Joe. Dave Gil de Rubio

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All Music Guide - Liana Jonas
It's hard to believe that Ronnie Isley collaborated with Dr. Dre and the departed Tupac Shakur on some of the late 20th century's most hardcore hip-hop music. Isley, of the renowned group the Isley Brothers, has his roots firmly placed in '70s R&B and soul music. D'Angelo, Maxwell, and R. Kelly, among other bedroom-music artists, all owe a bit of thanks to the Isley Brothers, the original slow-jam crooners. The trio's sexiest and most sensual moments have been captured on Love Songs, an ongoing series of CD collections of the same name on Columbia Legacy and Epic Legacy Records. (Other Love Songs sets for 2001 include recordings from Frank Sinatra, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, and Duke Ellington.) And as far as thematic compilations go, this one is a winner. The 13 selected tracks on Love Songs don't skip a beat, and the sexy boudoir fare remains consistent throughout the album's 70-plus minutes. There is a certain sensitivity inherent to Isley's falsetto voice that sets him apart from other singers in this category of music. It's a vulnerability and tenderness that Barry White, and others of the like, do not have. Such Isley Brothers greats as "For the Love of You," "Voyage to Atlantis," "Sensuality," and "Between the Sheets" are included on Love Songs. The CD is a treasured example of the original bedroom music, and arguably more potent than its contemporary counterparts. No amount of pheromones, love potions, or "spells" can come close to the romantic rendezvous that is the Isley Brothers' Love Songs. Play this album at your own risk -- and expect to call in "sick" to the office the next day.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972263625
catalogNumber:
722636
Rank:
27649

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Love Songs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg! i love this cd. I like all the tracks on here. I really really like "for the love of you" and "hello it's me". I love the isley brothers. They're awesome. Yay! my friend ronald is the lead singer. I like him a lot. God bless you ronald isley. **