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right-track 11-29-2005 03:44 PM

Isley Brothers
 
The Isley Brothers.

Formed in the early to mid 50's the Isley Brothers have been producing superb soul music for half a century.
From their first hit 'Shout' to the present day with; Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) - R. Kelly featuring the Isley Brothers.

Tracks like their cover of The Topnotes - 'Twist And Shout' (later to be covered by the Beatles).
This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
Behind A Painted Smile
That Lady
Harvest For The World.

Dancing Jester 12-01-2005 10:59 AM

The Isley Brothers are great--if you like slow, love making r&b you'll like their Beautiful Ballads compilation cd-I think that it's a staple even for those who aren't into that type of music. Right on

SaucyFlow999 12-01-2005 01:12 PM

I'm not really into a lot of slow R&B so i dont know a lot of their songs, but of the ones ive heard my favorites probably "Busted"

right-track 12-01-2005 01:35 PM

SaucyFlow999, here are the track listings for their 'Beautiful Ballads' comp.

Some recognisable songs in there, including a version of Dylans - Lay Lady Lay and Van Morrisons - Brown Eyed Girl.

Brown Eyed Girl
Hello It's Me
Let's Fall In Love
You're The Key To My Heart
You're Beside Me
I Once Had Your Love (And I Can't Let Go)
Caravan Of Love
All In My Lover's Eyes
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Make Me Say It Again Girl
Voyage To Atlantis
Choosey Lover
Lay Lady Lay
Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)

Pilgrim 12-02-2005 10:38 AM

I like the Isley Brothers- but I prefer Bod Dylans version of Lay lady lay.

SaucyFlow999 12-02-2005 01:26 PM

Yeah, i've heard Brown Eyed Girl and Lay Lady Lay...I like them ..also heard Let's Fall in Love which i think is pretty good to. I'll havta listen to some of the rest, maybe find a couple more. thanx for the songs.

Necromancer 11-25-2011 07:09 PM

The Isley Brothers are from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their brand of R&B with rock, soul and funk elements helped to define as a template for the Funk Rock genre.

In 1964, the group hired a young guitarist who had been in several rhythm and blues groups as a backing guitarist. His name was Jimi Hendrix but was then going by his nickname at the time, Jimmy James.


almauro 11-25-2011 07:21 PM

^Go for your Guns is a tremendous record. Definitely their hardest rocking, and is very reminiscent of Band of Gypsys. The Isley Bros are quite the guilty pleasure for me. Their soulful, "I wanna turn you on, baby", when they're not "fighting the power", lyrics are in such contrast to what I normally listen to that I find them very refreshing. Very talented singers and musicians that could often come up with killer melodies. Their 70s 3+3 era is where it's at.

Necromancer 11-26-2011 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by almauro (Post 1124016)
^Go for your Guns is a tremendous record. Definitely their hardest rocking, and is very reminiscent of Band of Gypsys. The Isley Bros are quite the guilty pleasure for me. Their soulful, "I wanna turn you on, baby", when they're not "fighting the power", lyrics are in such contrast to what I normally listen to that I find them very refreshing. Very talented singers and musicians that could often come up with killer melodies. Their 70s 3+3 era is where it's at.

I agree almauro, Go For Your Guns is defiantly one of their best albums. I also always liked their single Climbing Up The Ladder.;)


bdjac 11-26-2011 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Necromancer (Post 1124008)
The Isley Brothers are from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their brand of R&B with rock, soul and funk elements helped to define as a template for the Funk Rock genre.

In 1964, the group hired a young guitarist who had been in several rhythm and blues groups as a backing guitarist. His name was Jimi Hendrix but was then going by his nickname at the time, Jimmy James.

Thanks for the cool bit of info. I had no idea Hendrix played with the Isleys.

almauro 11-26-2011 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Necromancer (Post 1124175)
I agree almauro, Go For Your Guns is defiantly one of their best albums. I also always liked their single Climbing Up The Ladder.;)


I love that hard funk! As much as I love the Isleys, I think Ernie was under utilized. When he was let loose, he was Eddie Hazel good...


Jmeezy 11-07-2012 07:41 PM

That is cool info and sum thin I didn't know

Jmeezy 11-07-2012 07:45 PM

Did he teach earnie or was it other way around

JustJunMC 11-08-2012 02:55 AM


The Isley Brothers - For The Love Of You - YouTube

And this song is sampled for Masta Ace - INC Ride & 2pac - Bury Me A G

Necromancer 07-06-2013 03:30 PM

'Testify', showcased their young lead guitarist, Jimi Hendrix in 1964. Testify is often credited as being one of the first funk songs. (Recorded the same year, James Brown released "Outta Sight", which is often referred to as one of the first funk records also).
Testify is one of two singles to feature Jimi Hendrix on guitar, the other being "Move Over and Let Me Dance".


ijimzard 07-16-2013 03:31 AM

My favorite was Twist & Shout

Lord Larehip 07-16-2013 04:27 PM


Isley Brothers: Hope you feel better love pts 1&2 - YouTube

Soulflower 08-05-2013 08:58 AM

I feel like I am in heaven everytime Ron Isley sings. Summer Breeze, Whose That Lady, and For The Love Of You are great songs to cruise to in your car on a hot summer day.

Big Ears 09-28-2014 04:31 PM

As a Jimi Hendrix fan, Go For Your Guns including Climbing Up the Ladder (Part 1 and 2) got me into the Isley Brothers. Ernie Isley is a multi-instrumentalist, but started on the drums. Apparently Jimi Hendrix lived in the Isley home for two years, when Ernie was about 11 or 12-years-old.

Gemray 10-01-2014 06:40 PM

Are the Isley Brothers still together does anyone know?

neardeathexperience 10-21-2014 07:56 PM

I like them. I think they have done a lot for the style of music that they play.

Holerbot6000 10-24-2014 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Gemray (Post 1492631)
Are the Isley Brothers still together does anyone know?

Ronnie and Ernie were making records with R. Kelly as recently as 2011. That's where they gained a rep for being the slow-jam make-out masters and some of those sides they did during that period are really good, though they are kinda stingy with Ernie's guitar. Not sure about what they are doing now, if anything.

I grew up with the Isley's during the T-Neck years in the 1970's. In addition to the excellent 'Go For Your Guns', I would also recommend '3+3' and 'The Heat is On'. The Isley's had a really nice rock edge to their music that distinguished them from a lot of the other soul funk bands of the time. Great stuff and really holds up today.

jazzpig 12-15-2014 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by right-track (Post 146558)
SaucyFlow999, here are the track listings for their 'Beautiful Ballads' comp.

Some recognisable songs in there, including a version of Dylans - Lay Lady Lay and Van Morrisons - Brown Eyed Girl.

Brown Eyed Girl
Hello It's Me
Let's Fall In Love
You're The Key To My Heart
You're Beside Me
I Once Had Your Love (And I Can't Let Go)
Caravan Of Love
All In My Lover's Eyes
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Make Me Say It Again Girl
Voyage To Atlantis
Choosey Lover
Lay Lady Lay
Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)

Don't forget "Sensuality" from the album "The Heat Is On"

William_the_Bloody 12-15-2014 11:12 PM

yep.

The Isley Brothers Tour Dates 2014

Braedencheese 01-24-2015 01:09 AM

The "Essential" Isley brothers
 
Twist And Shout
That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)
What It Comes Down To
Brown Eyed Girl
For The Love Of You (Parts 1 & 2)
Groove With You
Brother, Brother
Work To Do
Harvest For The World
Summer Breeze
Make Me Say It Again Girl (Parts 1 & 2)
Live It Up (Parts 1 & 2)
Fight The Power (Parts 1 & 2)
Freedom
Keep On Doin'
This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
Move Over And Let Me Dance
Shout (Parts 1 & 2)
Disc: 2
It's Your Thing
I Turned You On
Lay Away
Love The One You're With
Pop That Thang
Spill The Wine
Take Me To The Next Phase (Parts 1 & 2)
I Wanna Be With You (Parts 1 & 2)
The Pride (Parts 1 & 2)
Footsteps In The Dark (Parts 1 & 2)
Voyage To Atlantis
Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)(Parts 1 & 2)
Between The Sheets
Caravan Of Love
Mission To Please You
Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) - R. Kelly


So I downloaded this compilation and it seems to have just about all if the hits, but I'm wondering if I'm missing any. I also downloaded Go for your Guns, based on a suggestion on here and found out that the "essential" album didn't have hits like Climbing up the ladder and Livin Life. So what other essential tracks am I missing?

dwill123 01-24-2015 06:49 AM

"Hope You Feel Better Love"


"Showdown"

Braedencheese 01-26-2015 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by dwill123 (Post 1543069)
"Hope You Feel Better Love"


"Showdown"

Thanks dwill, I especially like "Hope You Feel Better Love". Ernie rips like a beast.

lezn 06-27-2019 05:05 AM

'Who's that lady' 'Summer breeze' and 'For the love of you' are my favorite Isley tunes.

Keigh 06-07-2020 11:19 PM

They would be the oldest band in the world had they not broken up several times and the older brothers still lived. Technically they're still together but it's only Ronald and youngest brother, Ernie. But they don't tour. They last released an album in 2017 with Carlos Santana.


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