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Harvest for the World [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

The Isley Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: BBR / Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B005K2SJKG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Harvest For The World (Prelude)
2. Harvest For The World
3. People Of Today
4. Who Loves You Better
5. (At Your Best) You Are Love
6. Let Me Down Easy
7. So You Wanna Stay Down
8. You Still Feel The Need
9. Harvest For The World (Instrumental Version)
10. Who Loves You Better
11. Harvest For The World (Single Version)

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* Originally formed as a gospel quartet in the 1950s, THE ISLEY BROTHERS went on to massive success in a decades-spanning career which has seen them produce music in genres from doo-wop to R&B, funk, soul and rock.

* Reaching their third decade as a musical act in the 1970s, The Isley Brothers continued to reinvent themselves with line-up changes and new sounds ranging from 1973's hit rock anthem Summer Breeze to the socially-conscious soul of the title track from their 1976 album HARVEST FOR THE WORLD.

* HARVEST FOR THE WORLD was a landmark release for the Isley Brothers. While other Soul and Funk acts responded to the commercial pressure to record Disco, the band continued to absorb new influences while steadfastly progressing their sound.

* First single WHO LOVES YOU BETTER became a Top 10 R&B smash hit and reached the US Pop charts. Second single HARVEST FOR THE WORLD followed suit, in addition to giving the group their first Top Ten UK hit of the 1970s, re-establishing THE ISLEY BROTHERS as an act with an international audience.

* The album also featured (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE, which became a radio hit in 1976. In 1994, a version of the song performed by AALIYAH and produced by R. KELLY went Top 10 Pop and R&B and reached the UK top 30.

* BBR is very proud to present HARVEST FOR THE WORLD, in full, expanded form, complete with extensive liner notes that feature interviews along with added bonus material.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Suffice it to say that if you appreciate The Isley Brothers, you will have - no doubt - heard this album in one form or another since its original release in 1976.

If, however, you are unfamiliar with their unique sound, then this set is as good a place to begin as any. Big Break Records' re-master of the original album is well presented, with a cute booklet (including a gorgeous centrefold!) enclosed with the CD.

But on to the music...

`Harvest For the World' is easily the best-known song here and rightfully deserves such attention; but there are several other soul/funk numbers included that lift this album to `must-have' status for the music connoisseur. `People Of Today' and `Who Loves You Better' sound very much of their time, but are definitely worth the listening nonetheless.

`(At Your Best) You Are Love' and `Let Me Down Easy' have both achieved cult status as soul classics and have been covered extensively by other artists. These songs - formed with exquisite lyrics, added to Chris Jasper's hidden genius on keyboards, then finally set off with emotionally-charged background vocals - mark a high point for The Isley Brothers as a creative force in mid-70s popular music.

The re-master also reveals O'Kelly Isley's breathing as he sings in `Let Me Down Easy' for example, and the sound-scape is enlarged to the size of a barn.

`So You Wanna Stay Down' has Ron Isley urging the listener (or perhaps his beloved) to `get up off their knees' for some reason - its fast pace isn't quite to my taste, but it balances the set nicely. `You Still Feel The Need' has an insistent guitar that won't let you go - a great piece of energetic, steely funk steered by the freneticism of Marvin and Ernie Isley.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Give Thanks For Your Children..." 25 Oct 2011
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I've reviewed the "Original Classic Albums" mini box set from 2008 containing the first 5 albums by The Isleys on T-Neck between 1970 and 1973 (gems like "Brother, Brother, Brother" and "Givin' It Back") - so I got a little hot under my white soul boy's collar when I opened this pre-order this morning. And it's absolutely been worth waiting for. Here are the details...

Released Monday 24 Oct 2011, Big Break Records CDBBR 0083 breaks down as follows (47:43 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Harvest For The World" released May 1976 in the USA on T-Neck Records PZ 33809 and June 1976 in the UK on Epic Records S EPC 81268. It reached No. 1 and No. 9 on the US R'n'B and Pop charts.

Track 9 is "Harvest For The World (Instrumental)" - the B-side to the US 45 for "Harvest For The World" on T-Neck ZS8 2261 released in July 1976 (the UK B-side on Epic S EPC 4368 had the album cut "Let Me Down Easy")

Track 10 is "Who Loves You Better - Part 1" - a 3:30 minute edit of the album track (5:31 minutes) issued as a 45 in the USA on T-Neck ZS8 2260 in April 1976 (Part 2 is the B)

Track 11 is "Harvest For The World (Single Version)" - a 3:30 minute edit of the album track (3:53 minutes) issued as a 45 in the UK and USA (see 9 above)

The 12-page inlay has detailed and knowledgeable liner notes by SHELLEY NICOLE featuring interviews with band members. There are repros of American and UK 7" singles and promo shots of the band - but the best news is a new and superlative remaster by WAYNE DICKSON. I've had some of the tracks on the "It's Your Thing" 3CD box set for years to have the music, but I've always found the early Legacy issues a little dead - like they've been compressed or had the life sucked out of them somehow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what chocolate would sound like 3 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
This does not need a reveiw, JUST BUY, then put in your cd player, lay back and enjoy one of the best, if not the best album you will hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars �Harvest��not just another Isleys� masterpiece 13 Sep 2001
By David S. Minjares - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's remarkable how harrowingly ironic things have suddenly become.
First, watching HBO's "Band Of Brothers" and putting yourself in the spectrum of training, hair-trigger timing and eventual battle. And now with Tuesday's bombings of the Pentagon, the World Trade Towers and the shaking of a society that we have taken so much for granted.
Funny, but when I first purchased the long-overdue CD reissue of "Harvest For The World" (and "The Heat Is On") by the Isley Brothers, I bought it purely for the fact that this was a long lost scripture of soul-groove finally making a comeback. It was only for that reason...
Who knew what comfort this album would bring me during the last 48 or so hours. This is not only the Isleys' masterpiece, but the title track is possibly one of the most powerful statements of human tolerance whose time has finally arrived. Back in 1976, not too many people wanted to hear a song like this, but for the ones who did listen, they knew damn well what Ronald testified and what others wanted to masquerade with indifferent disco and hard rock. Hey, the 60's were over, right?
Well, with the new millennium bringing us some unusual challenges up till now, I think the title track is more than appropriate, it's relevant. This is not a flowery, "teach the world" to sing kind of song, but look in the mirror of a world that has not been spared by war or the terrors of evil. And with all divisions associated in times likes this, i.e. political, religious, etc., we're all human in the end. That's the plain and simple truth.
The rest of the album is a stone masterpiece as well, with the hard funk-folk groovers like "People Of Today" & "Who Loves You Better" (Ernie Isley...WOW!) and their finest balladry moment to date on "Let Me Down Easy". Even the bonus track "live" version of "Summer Breeze" is magnificent.
The Isley Brothers have always been a class act. It's only now that their music is being regarded as timeless pieces of rock and roll and more than 70's period soul. The Isleys don't demand your respect, they only ask you listen. And once you have, you'll never have regretted that move forward.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Isleys Were On A Harvest Of Platinum & Gold During This Time! 16 Nov 2005
By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From 1973's "3+3" to 1983's "Between The Sheets",

with the exception of 1981's weak offering "Inside You",

the Brothers Isley were riding a creative & self-contained

wave that produced some of the funkiest jams of the 70's

and some of the most sensual and beautiful slow jams

ever in the history of R&B!

Not to mention their pre-3+3 output which ran all

the way back to 1959's classic "Shout",

1962's "Twist & Shout", 1966's "This Old Heart Of Mine"

(from their Motown period) and 1969's funk classic

"It's Your Thang"...the Isley's are indeed a dynasty

the likes of E, W & F and P-Funk!

There influence is incalculable and will be felt for infinity!

But this particular offering...

1976's "Harvest For The World" produced the

Isley's most clear cut socio-political message to date!

But aside from the stellar title track, the stand-outs

of this album are the ballads "At Your Best (You Are Love)" ,

which was covered by the late Alliyah on her debut CD,

and "Let Me Down Easy", which definitely was the reason

for a swell in the birthrates of black america in 1977!

The fast jams of this album were sufficient and

likable at the time this album was out...

"People Of Today", "Who Loves You Better" and

"So You Wanna Stay Down" still get much love

from life-long Isley fans!

But truly the gem of the album is the title track

and that slammin' intro to it that puts it

in a league with Marvin's "What's Going On",

Stevie's "Visions" and E, W & F's

"That's The Way Of The World"!!

If you buy any of their '73 to '83 output, you can't go wrong!

But just skip over "Inside You"...yiiish!

Even the Isley's could have one stinker in their over 45 yr stellar career which is still going strong!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fertile Crop 1 Nov 2001
By P Magnum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After scoring their first number one album, The Heat Is On, The Isley Brothers' followed that classic up less than a year later with 1976's amazing Harvest For The World. The band has always had something to say and never have they said more than on the amazing title track. A call for understanding and unity, the song has more relevance today than it did twenty-five years ago. The album is worth it for that song alone, but the rest of the album stands up as well with "People Of Today", "Let Me Down Easy" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" standing out. The album peaked at number nine on the charts.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest For The World 10 Oct 2001
By visuals - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally released after years of searching to no avail, "Harvest For The World" has been re-issued on CD. This would have to be the quitessential Isley piece right next to "The Heat Is On" album. For years, I would visit music stores and just check the Isley section hoping to find Harvest there among the rest of the releases. You were able to find everything but.
I already owned "The Brothers:Isley", "Get Into Something", "Brother,Brother,Brother", "Givin'It Back", "3+3", "The Heat Is On", "Go For Your Guns" & "Winner Takes All" each on CD. In the past I owned Harvest on wax and on cassette. I was truly hurt not to be able to add the Harvest CD to my collection. I eventually gave up. Then, After the terrorrist attacks, I happened to browse at the Isley section and noticed the Harvest cover. I couldn't beleive it! They only had one on the shelf and I quickly snatched this gem. They couldn't have picked a better time to release this one.
I also picked up Earth,Wind & Fire's "Head To The Sky" re-issue CD and the messages on that one were just as satisfying....Especially the cut called "Evil". Food for the soul during these troubled times. Isley fans....If you have never heard Harvest, I suggest you go out and purchase this one soon as possible. Definately a solid addition to any CD collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue CD reissue 9 Sep 2001
By "airmutable" - Published on Amazon.com
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This great album is one prime example of quality music that has been conspicuous in its absence from the U.S. CD market. Having found it on vinyl two years ago, I have been prepared to pounce on a CD reissue ever since. It offers a nice helping of everything good about the Isleys.
The title track is a strong anthem with a great message. Another "message song", "People Of Today", also gives listeners a slice of tasty, up-tempo funk to sink their teeth into.
The grinding, guitar driven funk that the band is famous for gets good play here with "You Still Feel The Need".
"(At Your Best)You Are Love", the thoughtful ballad that helped launch the gone-too-soon Aaliyah's career, was my main motivation for seeking this title out. To my pleasant surprise, an equally impressive love song, "Let Me Down Easy", is also part of this effort. Both of the aforementioned ballads should be treasured as showcases for Ronald Isley's unmistakably sweet vocals.
Now let's clamor for domestic reissues of other Isley classics like "Live It Up".
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