The Isley Bothers have a long history, beginning with Shout, the song that later launched Lulu's career in Britain. In the sixties, they recorded some notable songs, notably Twist and shout (later covered by the Beatles and by Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, who had a UK top ten hit with it) and This old heart of mine (a Motown classic).
By the time the seventies dawned, the three brothers of the original group had become five brothers and a cousin (whose surname was Jasper, not Isley) and it was with this line-up that the group had its most successful period in America. Although they scored several top twenty hits in Britain, they weren't as big as their earlier Motown hits (This old heart of mine, Behind a painted smile) which both made the UK top five.
The set opens with Summer breeze, one of the best summer songs of the seventies, and also includes That lady, Harvest for the world and Highway of my life. These four classics are the best tracks here but there are plenty of other tracks worth hearing, most notably It's a disco night and Between the sheets.
In the eighties, the group split up - the three original members continued as the Isley Brothers while the three that joined in 1969 formed Isley Jasper Isley. This latter group, represented here by Caravan of love (later covered by the Housemartins who had a British number one hit with it), had more success than the original trio.
This compilation doesn't really do justice to the Isley Brothers but it does include the classic songs from the period covered - and that will satisfy most people. The committed fan will look for a more ambitious compilation, such as the more recent career-spanning double-CD Essential. If you are new to the music of the Isley Brothers, this is a good place to start but don't forget about their Motown music available elsewhere.