The Essential Isley Brothers

The Essential Isley Brothers

by The Isley BrothersThe Isley Brothers


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Try as companies might, a perfect anthology framing the famous family of funk still manages to elude even the most fickle of aficionados. While 2003's Ultimate Collection is an expansive look at the group's career, it most certainly isn't as thorough as 1999's outstanding Rhino box set, which is simply too rich to satisfy the curious or casual listener. Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to include the group's greatest moments on one disc, and most two-disc sets have a tendency to become ripe with filler. While The Essential Isley Brothers is no exception to the rule, it certainly is the most accessible when measured against the aforementioned anthologies. The track sequencing is erratic but covers many of the group's anthems right away on disc one, the most jarring contrast being between the opening pre-fuzzed good times of "Twist and Shout" and the fuzz-guitar orgy that became "That Lady." Disc two covers every single permutation of the group's later years: from the '80s quiet storm of Isley/Jasper/Isley's "Caravan of Love" to Mr. Biggs' collaborative work with R. Kelly in the early part of the 2000s. To include these later projects serves to give the listener a comprehensive survey of the Isley family evolution over the past five decades, but not much else would warrant the inclusion of "Down Low," especially in contrast with so many of their ultimate anthems. Overlooking that fact, you'll find yourself subconsciously (or intentionally) head-bobbing or toe-tapping along with these discs through and through, and rightfully so, as this is a first-class compilation that casual listeners and loyal devotees will be more than satisfied with.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969277720
catalogNumber: 92777
Rank: 167908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isley Brothers   Primary Artist
Ernie Isley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Timbales,Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Chris Jasper   Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Track Performer,ARP,Piano (Grand)
Buck Clarke   Conga
Jimi Hendrix   Guitar
Marvin Isley   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,Track Performer,cowbell,Wood Block
O'Kelly Isley   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ronald Isley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Rudolph Isley   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Jones   Conga
George Moreland   Percussion,Drums
Karl Potter   Conga
Truman Thomas   Organ
John Mosley   Flute
Milton Westley   Organ
Rocky   Conga
Chester Woodard   Rhythm Guitar
Teachco Wilshire   Conductor
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole King   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Lee Oskar   Composer
Lonnie Jordan   Composer
Chris Jasper   Arranger,Composer,Producer
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Papa Dee Allen   Composer
Bert Berns   Producer,Audio Production
Harold Brown   Composer
Malcolm Cecil   Programming,Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Producer
Dash Crofts   Composer
B.B. Dickerson   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Marvin Isley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
O'Kelly Isley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ronald Isley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rudolph Isley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Hugo Peretti   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Margouleff   Programming,Engineer
Phil Medley   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
George Patterson   Arranger,co-arranger
Howard Scott   Composer
Angela Winbush   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Charles Miller   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Jim Seals   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Herman Kelly   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
Rashod D. Ollison   Liner Notes
Teachco Wilshire   Arranger

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