Ultimate Isley Brothers

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The Isley Brothers have been an R&B force to reckon with since the late '50s, and The Ultimate Isley Brothers is the most extensive single-CD collection of their songs ever assembled. Spanning their hit-making years from 1959 to 1983, the compilation includes such early hits as "Twist and Shout" also a smash for the Beatles and "Shout." The lion's share of the hits here were recorded on the group's self-owned T-Neck Records label, including the No. 1 R&B singles "It's Your Thing," "Fight the Power," and "The Pride." Fueled by Ronald Isley's soaring falsetto, Ernie Isley's Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar licks, and Chris Jasper's gritty organ playing, the Isleys took creative dares that found them interpreting ...
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The Isley Brothers have been an R&B force to reckon with since the late '50s, and The Ultimate Isley Brothers is the most extensive single-CD collection of their songs ever assembled. Spanning their hit-making years from 1959 to 1983, the compilation includes such early hits as "Twist and Shout" also a smash for the Beatles and "Shout." The lion's share of the hits here were recorded on the group's self-owned T-Neck Records label, including the No. 1 R&B singles "It's Your Thing," "Fight the Power," and "The Pride." Fueled by Ronald Isley's soaring falsetto, Ernie Isley's Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar licks, and Chris Jasper's gritty organ playing, the Isleys took creative dares that found them interpreting distinctly non-R&B songs, including Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With" and Seals & Crofts's "Summer Breeze." Balancing out these whimsical remakes and party favorites are a number of slow jams that have become quiet storm classics, including "Between the Sheets" and "Don't Say Goodnight." With their influence carrying over to a generation of contemporary R&B artists Vanessa Williams had a hit with her remake of "Work to Do" and hip-hop giants Salt-N-Pepa revamped the Isleys' "It's Your Thing" with the go-go-inspired "Shake Your Thang", the Isleys continue to spread their "Caravan of Love." Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In effect, The Ultimate Isley Brothers is the definitive single-disc compilation of the Isleys' T-Neck years -- when they reinvented themselves for the '70s as a jam-happy funk-rock outfit. Still, there are a few extras -- the Isley/Jasper/Isley hit "Caravan of Love," which fits this material pretty well, and the old-school Isley classics "Shout, Pts. 1-2" and "Twist and Shout," which don't. Yes, it's nice to have this all on one disc, but the latter two hits are just sort of tossed into the middle of the track listing and if you're going to license those, why leave off the group's other absolutely necessary early single, the Motown hit "This Old Heart of Mine"?. That flaw aside, though, the focus of the collection is really on the group's terrific funk phase; it's clear by the end of the disc that the Isleys were equally capable of delivering smoking funk workouts, socially conscious anthems, and slick, romantic ballads. It's the best introduction to the group that's currently available, and its consistently high-quality material demonstrates why they've been able to sustain a career for so long.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646219621
  • Catalog Number: 62196
  • Sales rank: 9,810

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Isley Brothers Primary Artist
Isley Jasper Isley Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Isley Brothers Composer
Ernie Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
War Composer
Lee Oskar Composer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Chris Jasper Arranger, Composer, Producer
Papa Dee Allen Composer
Harold Brown Composer
Malcolm Cecil Programming, Engineer
Luigi Creatore Producer
Dash Crofts Composer
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Marvin Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Hugo Peretti Producer
Robert Margouleff Programming, Engineer
Phil Medley Composer
George Patterson Arranger
Howard Scott Composer
Charles Miller Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Jim Seals Composer
Dee Allen Composer
L. O. Levitin Composer
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