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.