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The Essential Isley Brothers

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Try as companies might, a perfect anthology framing the famous family of funk still manages to elude even the most fickle of aficionados. While 2003's Ultimate Collection is an expansive look at the group's career, it most certainly isn't as thorough as 1999's outstanding Rhino box set, which is simply too rich to satisfy the curious or casual listener. Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to include the group's greatest moments on one disc, and most two-disc sets have a tendency to become ripe with filler. While The Essential Isley Brothers is no exception to the rule, it certainly is the most accessible when measured against the aforementioned anthologies. The track ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Try as companies might, a perfect anthology framing the famous family of funk still manages to elude even the most fickle of aficionados. While 2003's Ultimate Collection is an expansive look at the group's career, it most certainly isn't as thorough as 1999's outstanding Rhino box set, which is simply too rich to satisfy the curious or casual listener. Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to include the group's greatest moments on one disc, and most two-disc sets have a tendency to become ripe with filler. While The Essential Isley Brothers is no exception to the rule, it certainly is the most accessible when measured against the aforementioned anthologies. The track sequencing is erratic but covers many of the group's anthems right away on disc one, the most jarring contrast being between the opening pre-fuzzed good times of "Twist and Shout" and the fuzz-guitar orgy that became "That Lady." Disc two covers every single permutation of the group's later years: from the '80s quiet storm of Isley/Jasper/Isley's "Caravan of Love" to Mr. Biggs' collaborative work with R. Kelly in the early part of the 2000s. To include these later projects serves to give the listener a comprehensive survey of the Isley family evolution over the past five decades, but not much else would warrant the inclusion of "Down Low," especially in contrast with so many of their ultimate anthems. Overlooking that fact, you'll find yourself subconsciously or intentionally head-bobbing or toe-tapping along with these discs through and through, and rightfully so, as this is a first-class compilation that casual listeners and loyal devotees will be more than satisfied with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969277720
  • Catalog Number: 92777
  • Sales rank: 9,156

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Isley Brothers Primary Artist
Ernie Isley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Conga, Drums, Electric Guitar, Maracas, Timbales, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Chris Jasper Percussion, Piano, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Track Performer, ARP, Piano (Grand)
Buck Clarke Conga
Jimi Hendrix Guitar
Marvin Isley Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals, Track Performer, cowbell, Wood Block
O'Kelly Isley Background Vocals, Track Performer
Ronald Isley Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Rudolph Isley Background Vocals, Track Performer
Gary Jones Conga
George Moreland Percussion, Drums
Karl Potter Conga
Truman Thomas Organ
John Mosley Flute
Milton Westley Organ
Rocky Conga
Chester Woodard Rhythm Guitar
Teachco Wilshire Conductor
Charles "Skip" Pitts Guitar
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Carole King Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Lee Oskar Composer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Chris Jasper Arranger, Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Papa Dee Allen Composer
Bert Berns Producer, Audio Production
Harold Brown Composer
Malcolm Cecil Programming, Engineer
Luigi Creatore Producer
Dash Crofts Composer
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Marvin Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
O'Kelly Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ronald Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rudolph Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Hugo Peretti Producer, Audio Production
Robert Margouleff Programming, Engineer
Phil Medley Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
George Patterson Arranger, co-arranger
Howard Scott Composer
Angela Winbush Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Charles Miller Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Jim Seals Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Herman Kelly Composer
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Rashod D. Ollison Liner Notes
Teachco Wilshire Arranger
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