3 + 3

3 + 3

by The Isley Brothers

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

3 + 3

Recorded in 1973, 3 + 3 was a major turning point for the Isley Brothers. With this album, the Isleys moved their T-Neck label from Buddah to Epic/CBS (which became Epic/Sony in the early '90s), and it was at Epic that they unveiled their new lineup. Lead singer Ronald Isley and his siblings O'Kelly and Rudolph remained, but the Isleys became a sextet instead of a trio when cousin Chris Jasper and younger brothers Ernie and Marvin were added. This new lineup was called 3 + 3, and the addition of Jasper on keyboards, Ernie on guitar, and Marvin on bass added exciting new elements to the Isleys' sound. One of finest R&B bassists of the 1970s, the ever-so-funky Marvin is in a class with heavyweights like Larry Graham and Louis Johnson -- and Ernie is a stunning guitarist who is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix but has a distinctive style of his own. The Isleys had always been lovers of rock, but with the addition of Ernie, their sound became even more overtly rock influenced. Nonetheless, the rock and pop elements didn't alienate R&B audiences, which ate this album up. The single "That Lady" (which is based on an Impressions-like gem they had recorded in 1964) was a major hit, and the Isleys are equally captivating on soul interpretations of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze," James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," and the Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music." With this superb album, the Isley Brothers sounded better than ever -- and they gained a lot of new fans without sacrificing the old ones. [The 2003 reissue of 3 + 3 boasts remastered sound, new liner notes by David Ritz that draw from new interviews with Marvin and Jasper, and the inclusion of one bonus track: a previously unreleased live version of "That Lady" recorded in 1980.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972326023
catalogNumber: 723260
Rank: 8575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isley Brothers   Primary Artist
Ernie Isley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Tom-Tom,Track Performer
Chris Jasper   Piano,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Track Performer
Marvin Isley   Bass,Track Performer
O'Kelly Isley   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ronald Isley   Vocals,Track Performer
Rudolph Isley   Background Vocals,Track Performer
George Moreland   Drums
George Morland   Drums,Tom-Tom
Truman Thomas   Organ,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jonathan Edwards   Composer
Isley Brothers   Composer,Audio Production
Ernie Isley   Arranger,Producer
Chris Jasper   Arranger,Producer,Author,Quotes Researched & Compiled
Malcolm Cecil   Engineer
John Holbrook   Engineer
Marvin Isley   Arranger,Producer,Author,Reissue Producer,Quotes Researched & Compiled
O'Kelly Isley   Arranger,Producer
Ronald Isley   Arranger,Producer
Rudolph Isley   Arranger,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Author,Quotes Researched & Compiled
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Leo Sacks   Reissue Producer
Bob Margoleff   Engineer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Fong Y. Lee   Packaging Manager,Package Manager

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