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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B000025YT1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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You take one look at the three monks dressed in lurid pink on the cover on this long forgotten T-Neck Records LP from late 1969 - and you know you're in the presence of some serious dig-the-flowers-in-the-garden hippy-hoppity transcendental psychobabble (with a Funky Soul twist).

But then I think - what's wrong with that. And given the sonic evidence presented on this fantastic-sounding June 1997 CD of "The Brothers: Isley" - I'm down with the boys regardless of their garish garb. As a post Brexit Theresa May would say – bring it on baby. Here are the details...

UK released June 1997 - "The Brothers: Isley" by THE ISLEY BROTHERS on Epic/T-Neck/Legacy 487515 2 (Barcode 5099748751522) is a straightforward CD transfer and remaster and is part Sony’s 'Legacy's Rhythm & Soul Series'. It plays out as follows (30:41 minutes):

1. I Turned You On
2. Vacuum Cleaner
3. I Got To Get Myself Together
4. Was It Good To You?
5. The Blacker The Berrie (aka 'Black Berries')
6. My Little Girl [Side 2]
7. Get Down Off Of The Train
8. Holding On
9. Feels Like The World
Tracks 1 to 9 are their album "The Brothers: Isley" (their 2nd LP on T-Neck) - released November 1969 in the USA on T-Neck Records TNS 3002 and June 1970 in the UK on Stateside SLS 10300. Produced by Ronald, O'Kelly and Rudolph Isley - it peaked at No. 20 on the USA R&B LP charts (didn’t chart in the UK).

Produced for reissue by Leo Sacks – the 8-page inlay pictures label repro’s of American T-Neck 45s – track by track credits – new liner notes from noted Soul writer DAVID RITZ called 'The Pleasure Of Picking Berries' and the usual reissue credits.
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HASH(0x98088db0) out of 5 stars "...Got To Get Myself Together..." - The Brothers: Isley by THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1997 'Legacy Rhythm & Soul Series' CD Remaster) 13 July 2016
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You take one look at the three monks dressed in lurid pink on the cover on this long forgotten T-Neck Records LP from late 1969 - and you know you're in the presence of some serious dig-the-flowers-in-the-garden hippy-hoppity transcendental psychobabble (with a Funky Soul twist).

But then I think - what's wrong with that. And given the sonic evidence presented on this fantastic-sounded June 1997 CD of "The Brothers: Isley" - I'm down with the boys regardless of their garish garb. As a post Brexit Theresa May would say – bring it on baby. Here are the details...

UK released June 1997 - "The Brothers: Isley" by THE ISLEY BROTHERS on Epic/T-Neck/Legacy 487515 2 (Barcode 5099748751522) is a straightforward CD transfer and remaster and is part Sony’s 'Legacy's Rhythm & Soul Series'. It plays out as follows (30:41 minutes):

1. I Turned You On
2. Vacuum Cleaner
3. I Got To Get Myself Together
4. Was It Good To You?
5. The Blacker The Berrie (aka 'Black Berries')
6. My Little Girl [Side 2]
7. Get Down Off Of The Train
8. Holding On
9. Feels Like The World
Tracks 1 to 9 are their album "The Brothers: Isley" (their 2nd LP on T-Neck) - released November 1969 in the USA on T-Neck Records TNS 3002 and June 1970 in the UK on Stateside SLS 10300. Produced by Ronald, O'Kelly and Rudolph Isley - it peaked at No. 20 on the USA R&B LP charts (didn’t chart in the UK).

Produced for reissue by Leo Sacks – the 8-page inlay pictures label repro’s of American T-Neck 45s – track by track credits – new liner notes from noted Soul writer DAVID RITZ called 'The Pleasure Of Picking Berries' and the usual reissue credits. The CD itself reflects the T-Neck label of old and the album's rear sleeve is repro'd beneath the see-through CD tray. But the big news is a fantastic CD Remaster by TOM RUFF at Sony Studios from original tapes – every track kicking like a mule and full of energy - if not a little hissy in places (bit only on some tracks).

Prepping the public's appetite - T-Neck pushed three 7" singles in 1969 - all of them months prior to the LP's eventual release in November. First up came the Side 1 opener "I Turned You On" b/w "I Know Who You Been Socking It To" in May 1969 on T-Neck TN 902. The flipside was the opening track on the preceding album "It's Our Thang" which peaked at No. 2 on the USA R&B LP charts in May of that year - 1969. A clever pairing - "I Turned You On" was an obvious choice from the new record - a fabulous funky groove that complimented its B-side where Ronnie moans that he's turned her on but he can't turn her off - especially when she socks it to him (you gotta feel for the man). The remaster is incredibly muscular - a tiny bit of hiss for sure but nothing that detracts from those amazing brass jabs that accompany the groove right through to its slow fade end.

T-Neck then took the near six-minute James Brown groove of "The Blacker The Berrie" and re-christened it "Black Berries - Part 1" and "Part 2" for the LP's second 7" single issued August 1969 on T-Neck TN 906. The two-parter peaked at No. 43 on the US R&B charts during its uncharacteristically short four-week reign. Single number three was "Was It Good For You?" - another neck-jerking groover that's busy with guitars and brass. With "I Got To Get Myself Together" as its flipside - it peaked at a modest No. 33 on the USA R&B charts (T-Neck TN 908). With the same track combo - this was the only UK released on 45 from the album - February 1970 on Stateside SS 2162 - but it did no business and was quickly deleted.

Other worthy inclusions include the "My Little Girl" is 'dynamite' Side 2 opener and the mid-tempo "Get Down Off Of The Train" - Ernie's guitar playing prominent throughout. "Holding On" could have been another 'fast' 45 - a very Blood, Sweat & Tears brass arrangement propelling it along its Funky little path (fantastic Ronnie Lead Vocal while the boys chant 'you got me holding on'). The short late 60ts album ends on my fave - "Feels Like The World". It's a slow ballad with great guitars and vocal arrangements - Chris Jasper plinking away on the piano anchoring the Soulful proceedings. I love this song - a slinky IB groove that manages to be both Funky and Soulful at the same time. "Feels Like The World" feels like a lost classic you want to rave about as soon as possible. I'd admit that in the opening minute the transfer is hissier than I would like - but the Lead Vocal from Ronnie (he let’s rip at the end) and the musicianship quickly make mincemeat of that minor quibble...

"The Brothers: Isley" is not a balls-to-the-wall masterpiece like say - "Givin' It Back" - the covers album from 1971. But it is The Isley Brothers on T-Neck during that hallowed period - and that's all the info I need.

Don the pink ponchos lads and get down with 'The Brothers: Isley'...
HASH(0x9808d57c) out of 5 stars The Isley's Have Themselves Together! 8 July 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't kid yourself.Your just not going to be able to listen to this album in any setting and not feel joy.It's obvious the Isley's are in a positive state of mind at this point.There smash hit intro into the wonderful world of funk It's Your Thing.On this their second album in that style,from later the same year really gets you to understand how,while it's clear the Isley's influenced Jimi Hendrix while he backed them up earlier that considering his newfound stardom that it worked both was. 1969 represented year one of the psychedelic soul movement and along with the Temps,The Chambers Brothers,Isaac Hayes,Santana and yes Hendrix it was clear the Isley's were heeding the call.And the best part is they were INNOVATIVE too. The slower,more rhythm directed funk styles of James Brown were also heavy in the mix along with the rock and Stax influence.From the deep,punchy sweat of "I Turned You On","Vacuum Cleaner" and "Was It Good To You" it was clear the Isley's were part of a movement laying the ground work for the "united funk" explosion several years later.Another important factor for that is a sense of positivity that comes from achievment and drive rather than want and need.You can do no better at that sort of thing than "Black Berries" where Ron narrates a metaphoric tale about his brothers berry picking preferences.It really brings to mind the age old blues and R&B tradition of story telling and fables within the black community that spoke directly of experiences within the culture.And from which there was an implicit lesson to be learned. In this case,it happens to be about breaking into music.On "I Got To Get Myself Together" and "Feels Like The World" you have the two slower cuts on the album.Both have a place in the 60's soul style but that pychedelic element in both of them almost creates a futurist kind of mentality. Sure it's very much a 60's type of attitude but with these brothers you know it's always honest and from a very learned possition. "My Little Girl","Get Down Off The Train" and "Holding On" are the more poppy numbers,in the context that they have those strong melodic pop hooks. Still there's not point in spoiling this album for new listeners too much-probably already have here. This is very musically and personally meaningful and is almost so funky you can barely take it!So it's more than worth going on this trip with The Brothers:Isley.
HASH(0x984c2630) out of 5 stars Witness the resurection 11 Jun. 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At the end of 1968, the Isley Brothers were a well known singles band. They, of course, had their mid-60s hits-"Shout" "Twist and Shout," and "This Old Heart Of Mine." They floated into the late 60s without much direction. They drifted, doing some mediocore work for Motown.

But these guys were far too smart, and far too good, to surrender to obscurity. in '69, they formed their own labal, T-neck.

They came out with "It's Our Thing,' an absolutely amazing album of hard driving, stripped down, Stax influenced funk. "It's Your Thing," the single, raced up the charts, and a whole new Isley Brothers was born.

This record continues in the same vain. The music here is bare bones-guitar, panio, bass and drums-but the playing is increadible. The band sets hard, hooky groves. They lock tight, with the bass playing amazingly articulate, synopated runs, and the result is a deep, meaty, fantastic groove. You'll know this the second you start the opener here, "I turned you on,' a salvo of late 60s sexual freedom.

Like the one before it, this album is top of the line, romping fun, charged with free love attiatude and energy . The Isleys rode this wave into the 70s, later adding phased guitars and glossy production, to make some of the most compelling funk around.

The pitfall with collecting the Isley's is that you are tempted to buy one of the countless hit collections. Don't short change yourself: all the material from 1969-80 is worth having on the origional albums

This is where it all starts, and you can't do any better.
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