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Brother, Brother, Brother

The Isley Brothers

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The Isleys’ 1972 Brother Brother Brother answers the question: How mellow can funk be? With acoustic piano forefronted as much or more than electric guitar, the album is an intriguing stylistic swerve even for these adventurous guys. Three tunes come from the songbook of Carole King, then the queen of soft rock. “Brother Brother”’s message offers reassurance in the face of post-’60s political upheaval as well as did Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, while “It’s Too Late” receives a scorching 10-minute-plus workout. Among the originals, “Work to Do” captures a striver’s reality that, smartly, doesn’t note whether he’s in a blue or white collar; its viewpoint was later expanded in Vanessa Williams’ ’90s cover. “Pop That Thang” marries the group’s trademark dance music to its evolving interest in bedroom soul. And the closing ballad, “Love Put Me On the Corner,” is apparently obscure only because of Brother’s near-glut of fine stuff.

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This album truly represents one of their finest hours. It's a shame no one sees fit to give it a nod. Check it out!


i love have the Isley do several of carole kings songs. layaway is one of my favorites.
love put me on the corner is great,because love did put me on the streets.

can't forget Pop that Thang

Pop that Thang was the record back in '72 along with Lay Away, i'm glad their early funk work has been reissued here


Formed: 1954 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

First formed in the early '50s, the Isley Brothers enjoyed one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music — over the course of nearly a half century of performing, the group's distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings but also massive cultural shifts which heralded their music's transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. The first generation of Isley siblings was born and raised in Cincinnati,...
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