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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive British hits collection, 30 Aug 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Summer Breeze - The Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The Isley Bothers have a long history, beginning with Shout, which didn't chart for them in the UK but it is 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) The Isley Brothers' version was a minor UK hit but isn't included here - it is one of only two UK hits omitted from this collection.
The brothers achieved their first significant UK hits after they switched to Motown. This old heart of mine, I guess I'll always love you and Behind a painted smile all became huge UK hits for them - two of them making the top five and the other stalling just outside the top ten. A fourth Motown single (Put yourself in my place) made the UK top twenty after they left Motown but isn't included here.
Despite their success, they never really liked recording for Motown so they quit and had hits on their own label with a different style partly inspired by James Brown. The most notable of these hits was It's your thing. By this time, 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 after they came to a licensing agreement with a major label.
They scored several top twenty hits in Britain but only (just) made the top ten once in the seventies, failing to scale the chart heights of their earlier Motown hits - they have nevertheless become classics. Indeed, Summer breeze (one of the best summer songs ever) and Harvest for the world may be better known in Britain than those Motown hits. Their other seventies hits were That lady, Highway of my life, Take me to the next phase, 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.
From a British perspective, this compilation contains all the essential Isley Brothers tracks. Americans will notice a few omissions but this compilation was prepared primarily for the UK market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAB to listen too, brings back lots of memories, 26 May 2010
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Mrs. Mandy J. Gray (uk) - See all my reviews
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A really good cd to have if you like to Isley Brothers, I purchased this as a gift for my husband and we both love it! Hit after Hit.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen To The Breeze..., 28 July 2005
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Stef (Notts, England) - See all my reviews
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i was surprised this album hasn't been reviewed, so i thought id give it a bash..
but where do i start...first off i am 17 and don't have much experience of motown however i decided to pick this album up purely off the back of the summer breeze track. and i think this album is superb full of lovely beats and harmonies. love all of the songs some of which stand out more than others.
This is a must have album and can be listened to anywhere, i listen to it in my car, to cruise to, in my room when im chilling and on the go with my ipod, somethin to sing to.
pick it up.. 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Wow, Wow, 15 Mar 2014
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Some groups have greatest hits albums based on one song, this is truly great. Fantastic tunes, harmonies and lyrics. So much a reflection of the 60's & 70's but timeless in their excellence. Buy it, listen to it and think how it compares to what is manufactured today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, 20 May 2013
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Loved this CD. All the hits and quite a few covers but I still liked every track. Good value for money, have seen this on other websites for more. Definitely recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD, 6 May 2013
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This is of good quality and arrived in the time given unlike the Voodoo Chile cd ordered from Mcleand who have not managed to deliver 6 days after the maximum time
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tamla Mowtown at its best, 2 Feb 2013
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Great CD to listen too, and send you back to your youth, the Isley Brothers are among the best Soul artists of the 70's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Isley Brothers, 6 Dec 2011
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I just love this whole album, each track is a winner. Soul brothers putting you in a funky soulful mood.
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