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The Essential Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (3 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002JP1W6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Twist & Shout (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 2:27Album Only
Listen  2. That Lady (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What It Comes Down ToThe Isley Brothers 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brown Eyed GirlThe Isley Brothers 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. For the Love of You (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Groove With YouThe Isley Brothers 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brother, Brother (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Work To Do (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Harvest for the WorldThe Isley Brothers 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Summer BreezeThe Isley Brothers 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Make Me Say It Again Girl (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 7:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Live It Up (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 6:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fight the Power (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. FreedomThe Isley Brothers 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Keep On Doin'The Isley Brothers 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)The Isley Brothers 2:36Album Only
Listen17. Move Over And Let Me DanceThe Isley Brothers 2:43Album Only
Listen18. Shout (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 4:22Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. It's Your Thing (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Turned You On (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lay AwayThe Isley Brothers 3:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love The One You're With (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pop That ThangThe Isley Brothers 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Spill the WineThe Isley Brothers 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Take Me to the Next Phase (Pts. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Wanna Be With You (Pts. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Pride (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Footsteps In the Dark (Pt. 1 & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Voyage to AtlantisThe Isley Brothers 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) (Part I & 2)The Isley Brothers 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Between the SheetsThe Isley Brothers 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Caravan of LoveIsley, Jasper, Isley 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mission To Please You (Album Version)The Isley Brothers 4:23Album Only
Listen16. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)R. Kelly 4:49Album Only

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Koeb on 20 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Oh boy....... so many Isley Brothers compilations from which to choose. This, believe it or not, is my THIRD such purchase, after "Forever Gold" and the 1997 "Greatest Hits" collection. It is a very decent double disc compilation, which brings in a bit from the early period, a lot of the extended seventies bedroomy ballads and grinding grooves, plus a few more recent songs.

The monster tracks like "That Lady", "Summer Breeze" and "Fight The Power" are there in their full glory, along with the regular version of "Harvest For The World". Brilliant, but lesser-known tracks, like "Take Me To The Next Phase" are also there. The early period is featured with "Twist And Shout", "Shout", "This Old Heart Of Mine" and even one curiosity featuring Jimi Hendrix.

However, i have decided to deduct a star for the staggering omission of "Highways Of My Life". How the compilers chose to omit this track is beyond sneaky. Hence my need to hang onto one of, or even both, the other Isley Brothers compilations i already possess!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Six Decades, 2CDs of "Essential" Isleys on Hits Set 9 Sep 2004
By Anthony G Pizza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Isley Brothers weren't first to merge blues and gospel. They didn't invent frat rock, or protest soul, or slamming funk, or the slow jam, or the nattily-dressed gangster rapper image, or lead Motown's star stable. But their six decades in music intersected them not only with those styles but influenced many who led them (everyone from former backup guitarist Jimi Hendrix to Lenny Kravitz to disciple R.Kelly, who recent project with the group topped the pop and R&B charts).

The Isleys were a self-contained band on their self-owned record label. They were flexible enough to write and record classic R&B and rock tracks covered by everyone from the Beatles to Mae West and (to his unintentional embarassment), Michael Bolton. Yet they also recast choice pieces from the early 70s' leading singer-songwriters; their tight, soaring harmonies perfectly matched the CSNY songs they covered. Lead singer Ronald Isley came to his "Mr. Biggs" concert and video image honestly. The group deftly changed image with its times and drew top rock, R&B, new jack swing and even hip-hop DJs to its projects, acknowledging the group's huge influence on music history.

At 34 songs on 2CDs, "Essential Isley Brothers" hardly summarizes their influence. It misses essentials like "Living In The Life," "Nobody But Me," "Guess I'll Always Love You," "At Your Best (You Are Love)" or anything from their mid-80s run on Warner Brothers Records. It also feels odd not hearing side two of "The Heat Is On," some of the 70s sexiest music, in its entirety.

Still, with this set you can affordably receive some of pop music's touchstones: party rave-ups "Shout!" and "Twist and Shout" (what? They couldn't squeeze in the follow up "Surf and Shout?") their Motown standard "This Old Heart of Mine," 1969's rumbling, sassy "It's Your Thing," and 1972's "Pop That Thang" (featuring Chris Jasper's bedrock piano work). You also get their reworkings of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" and War's "Spill The Wine," (Ronald providing the hidden melody in Eric Burdon's somnambulant rap) and quiet storm standards like "Voyage to Atlantis" and the oft-sampled "Between the Sheets."

Ernie Isley (a criminally underrated lead guitarist as proved by "That Lady," one of the Brothers' biggest hits) once the Isley Brothers would be the one group who could guide you through rock's entire history. The tour here is shorter than preferred (Sony's exhaustive 1997 3CD boxed set on the group is the more detailed map). Still, this set hits many high points of their remarkable career and shows while the Isleys may not have invented any one style, they influenced all of them. Highly recommended, especially as an intro to the group, but also check out any 1970-77 releases, nearly all in print ("3 + 3," "Givin' It Back," "Go For Your Guns").
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Best Isley Brothers Collection Ever 2 Jan 2006
By Anthony Nasti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the finest funk/soul groups of all time is undoubtedly The Isley Brothers. Their music has influenced many of today's biggest stars, and is still played all around the world.

Up until 2004, there had never been a definitive Isley Brothers best of on cd. Until Epic releaed the two cd, 34 song "The Essential Isley Brothers". How does this collection hold up? Read on for the positives and the negatives.


-All of the best Isley Brothers hits are here, including "Twist And Shout", "That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)", "Fight The Power (Parts 1 & 2)", "It's Your Thing", and of course, "Shout".

-Lots of underrated gems are included.

-Good liner notes.

-Excellent sound quality.



This is a perfect collection. I highly recommend it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Compilation 28 May 2005
By musicfanatic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Isley Brothers compilation is all it should be and more. It's got all of the hits and then some. The sound is great and it's such a joy to listen to. If you get one Isley Brothers compilation, it should be this one. Highly recommended set, from one of the greatest soul/funk groups.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
classic 20 Aug 2004
By Music Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ron, O'Kelly and the rest of the Isley Brothers could turn up the funk, the red light and falsetto finesse simultaneously, all the while, making it look easy. This classic compilation includes the faves "Make Me Say it Again Girl", "Harvest for the World", "Footsteps in the Dark" and "Summer Breeze". It's music so beautiful it makes you want to weep!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Live It Up! 16 Nov 2005
By Alistair McHarg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Isley Brothers have power, soul to spare, funkability, and an amazing way of constantly reinventing themselves. They don't really get the credit they deserve and this anthology helps remedy that. Considering the depth of content, it's a value. From Shout to the unforgettable Harvest For The World, you get to hear them evolve. Their rendition of Spill The Wine is especially tasty. Some omissions, but too few to mention. For a power R&B outfit, they also do tender incredibly well. Try Footsteps In The Dark and Voyage To Atlantis. Ronald Isley is some fine singer.
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