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Editors’ Notes

Compiling an “essential” double-album set for the satin-voiced Isley Brothers is difficult, given the musical range of their decades-long career. But this one’s the best. It shows the group skillfully changing with the times and their clear influence on musical history: rousing doo wop-soul hybrids (1959’s “Shout, Pts. 1 & 2"), their 1966-’68 stretch at Motown (the stomping version of “This Old Heart of Mine”), psych-funk (the 1969 smash “It’s Your Thang”), singer/songwriter fare (1974’s “Summer Breeze”), silky ’70s tone-setters (“That Lady, Pts. 1 &2”) and late-night candle-burners (1995’s “Down Low” with Jay Z).

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Rest In Peace ....Marvin

Marvin the youngest in the group passed away on today 06/07/10,my heart is hurting.
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The Essential Isley Brothers

Downloaded "That Lady," by the Isley Brothers and it took me back to an earlier time when the world wasn't such a mean and nasty place. It took me back to my childhood and I'm thankful for the memories that it brought back.

Mmmm, Isley Brothers, Oh yeah...

Something about the Isley Brothers and the funky grooves, makes me wild, especially Footsteps in the Dark, actually I heard them in GTA 4. If it's in GTA 4, then others need to perk their ears and take notice, some good s*#% here.

Biography

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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  • $16.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Quiet Storm, Soul, Funk
  • Released: Aug 03, 2004
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