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The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters: 1959-1983

Track List

>When the Saints Go Marching In
>St. Louis Blues
>Yes Indeed!
>How Deep Is the Ocean
>Ring-A-Ling-A-Ling (Let the Wedding Bells Ring)
>Rock Around the Clock
>He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
>That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
>Respectable
>Without a Song
>Shout, Pts.1 & 2
>Turn to Me
>Not One Minute More
>I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
>Shout, Pt. 1 [Mono] - (mono)
>Shout, Pt. 2 [Mono with Extended Fade] - (mono)
>Respectable [Mono]
>Gypsy Love Song (Slumber On, My Little Gypsy Sweetheart)
>Open Up Your Heart
>Tell Me Who
>Say You Love Me Too [Rehearsal]
>Say You Love Me Too
>I Know Who You Been Socking It To
>Somebody Been Messin'
>Save Me
>I Must Be Losing My Touch
>Feel Like the World
>It's Your Thing
>Give the Women What They Want
>Love Is What You Make It
>Don't Give It Away
>He's Got Your Love
>I Know Who You Been Socking It To
>Somebody Been Messin'
>From the Beginning
>He's Got Your Love
>It's Your Thing [Mono Alternate Fade] - (mono)
>Somebody Been Messin' [Mono] - (mono)
>Love Is What You Make it [Mono] - (mono)
>Don't Give it Away [Mono Alternate Mix] - (remix, mono)
>Somebody's Been Messin' [Mono Instrumental] - (mono)
>I Turned You On
>Vacuum Cleaner
>I Got to Get Myself Together
>Was It Good to You?
>Blacker the Berrie, The (aka Black Berries)
>My Little Girl
>Get Down off of the Train
>Holding On
>Feels Like the World
>Black Berries, Pt. 1 [Mono] - (mono)
>Black Berries, Pt. 2 [Mono] - (mono)
>I Turned You On
>Vacuum Cleaner
>I've Got to Get Myself Together
>Introduction [Live]
>I Know Who You Been Socking It To [Live]
>I Turned You On [Live]
>It's Your Thing [Live]
>Shout [Live]
>Jesus, Lover of My Soul [Live]
>Joy, Joy [Live]
>Oh Happy Day [Live]
>People Get Ready [Live]
>Talkin' About My Baby [Live]
>It's All Right [Live]
>Keep on Pushing [Live]
>You Must Believe Me [Live]
>I'm so Proud [Live]
>Amen [Live]
>Don't Change Your Love [Live]
>Somebody's Been Messin' [Live]
>Love Is What You Make it [Live]
>Get Into Something [Album Version]
>Freedom [Album Version]
>Take Inventory [Album Version]
>Keep on Doin' [Album Version]
>Girls Will Be Girls, Boys Will Be Boys [Album Version]
>I Need You So [Album Version]
>If He Can You Can [Album Version]
>I Got to Find Me One
>Beautiful [Album Version]
>Bless Your Heart [Album Version]
>Baby You Got It [Mono] - (mono)
>Get Into Something, Pt. 1 [Mono] - (mono)
>Get Into Something, Pt. 2 [Mono] - (mono)
>Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Pt. 1 [Mono]
>Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Pt. 2 [Mono] - (mono)
>Move Over and Let Me Dance, Pt. 1 - (featuring Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra)
>Have You Ever Been Disappointed, Pts. 1 & 2 - (featuring Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra)
>Testify, Pts. 1 & 2 [Mono] - (mono)
>Move Over and Let Me Dance, Pt. 2 - (featuring Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra)
>Wild Little Tiger
>Last Girl, The
>Simon Says [Mono] - (mono)
>Looking for a Love
>Testify, Pt. 1 [Mono Single Version] - (mono)
>Testify, Pt. 2 [Mono Single Version] - (mono)
>Ohio/Machine Gun; Ohio/Machine Gun
>Fire and Rain
>Lay Lady Lay
>Spill the Wine
>Nothing to Do But Today
>Cold Bologna
>Love the One You're With
>Warpath [Mono Single Version]
>Spill the Wine [Mono Single Version]
>Love the One You're With [Mono Single Version] - (mono)
>Lay Lady Lay [Mono Single Version] - (mono)
>Brother, Brother
>Put a Little Love in Your Heart
>Sweet Seasons
>Keep on Walkin'
>Work to Do
>Pop That Thang [Album Version]
>Lay Away [Album Version]
>It's too Late [Album Version]
>Love Put Me on the Corner
>It's too Late [Single Version]
>Work to Do [Live]
>It's too Late [Live]
>It's Your Thing [Live]
>Pop That Thang [Live]
>Love the One You're With [Live]
>Lay Lady Lay [Live]
>Lay-Away [Live]
>Ohio/Machine Gun; Ohio/Machine Gun [Live]
>That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2
>Don't Let Me be Lonely Tonight [Album Version]
>If You Were There [Album Version]
>You Walk Your Way [Album Version]
>Listen to the Music [Album Version]
>What It Comes Down To [Album Version]
>Sunshine (Go Away Today) [Album Version]
>Summer Breeze, Pts.1 & 2
>Highways of My Life, The
>That Lady, Pt. 1 [Single Version]
>Summer Breeze, Pt. 1 [Single Version]
>Highways of My Life [Single Version], The
>Sunshine (Go Away Today) [SQ-Quad Mix] - (remix)
>Summer Breeze [SQ-Quad Mix] - (remix)
>That Lady (Interview, Pt.1)
>Listen to the Music (Interview, Pt.2)
>Summer Breeze (Interview, Pt.3)
>Highways of My Life, The (Interview, Pt.4)
>Live It Up, Pts.1 & 2
>Brown-Eyed Girl
>Need a Little Taste of Love
>Lover's Eve
>Midnight Sky, Pts. 1 & 2
>Hello, It's Me
>Ain't I Been Good to You, Pts. 1 & 2
>Live It Up, Pt. 1 [Single Version]
>Midnight Sky, Pt. 1 [Single Version]
>Ain't I Been Good to You, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Fight the Power, Pts.1 & 2
>Heat Is On, Pts.1 & 2, The
>Hope You Feel Better Love, Pts.1 & 2
>For the Love of You, Pts.1 & 2
>Sensuality, Pts.1 & 2
>Make Me Say It Again Girl, Pts.1 & 2
>Fight the Power, Pt.1 [Radio Edit]
>Harvest for the World (Prelude)
>Harvest for the World
>People of Today [Album Version]
>Who Loves You Better [Album Version]
>(At Your Best) You Are Love
>Let Me Down Easy [Album Version]
>So You Wanna Stay Down
>You Still Feel the Need
>Who Loves You Better, Pt. 1 [Mono Single Version]
>Harvest for the World, Pt. 1 [Single Version]
>Harvest for the World [Instrumental]
>Pride, Pts.1 & 2, The
>Footsteps in the Dark, Pts.1 & 2
>Tell Me When You Need It Again, Pts.1 & 2
>Climbin' Up the Ladder, Pts.1 & 2
>Voyage to Atlantis
>Livin' in the Life
>Go for Your Guns
>Pride [Disco Mix], The - (remix)
>Voyage to Atlantis [Mono Single Version] - (mono)
>Livin' in the Life/Go for Your Guns; Livin' in the Life\Go for Your Guns [12" Disco Medley]
>Showdown, Pts.1 & 2
>Groove with You, Pts.1 & 2
>Ain't Givin' Up No Love
>Rockin' with Fire, Pts.1 & 2
>Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts.1 & 2
>Coolin' Me Out, Pts.1 & 2
>Fun and Games
>Love Fever, Pts.1 & 2
>Showdown, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Groove with You, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts.1 & 2 [Alternate Performance] - (alternate take)
>Showdown [Rehearsal]
>I Wanna Be with You, Pts.1 & 2
>Liquid Love, Pts.1 & 2
>Winner Takes All [Album Version]
>Life in the City, Pts.1 & 2
>It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop), Pts.1 & 2
>(Can't You See) What You Do to Me?
>Let's Fall in Love, Pts.1 & 2
>How Lucky I Am, Pts.1 & 2
>You're the Key to My Heart
>You're Beside Me, Pts.1 & 2
>Let Me in Your Life, Pts.1 & 2
>Love Comes and Goes, Pts.1 & 2
>Go for What You Know
>Mind Over Matter, Pts.1 & 2
>I Wanna Be with You, Pts.1 & 2 [Extended Version]
>It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop), Pts.1 & 2 [Disco Remix] - (remix)
>Rudy's Tune (How Lucky I Am)
>Go All the Way, Pts.1 & 2
>Say You Will, Pts.1 & 2
>Pass It On, Pts.1 & 2
>Here We Go Again, Pts.1 & 2
>Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love), Pts.1 & 2
>Belly Dancer, Pts.1 & 2, The
>Here We Go Again, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) [Instrumental]
>Go All the Way [Rehearsal]
>Pass It On [Rehearsal]
>That Lady [Live]
>Say You Will [Live]
>Here We Go Again [Live]
>Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) [Live]
>Medley: Hello It's Me/Footsteps in the Dark; Hello It's Me\Footsteps in the Dark [Live]
>For the Love of You [Live]
>Fight the Power [Live]
>Groove with You [Live]
>Summer Breeze [Live]
>Voyage to Atlantis [Live]
>It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop) [Live]
>Livin' in the Life/Go for Your Guns; Livin' in the Life\Go for Your Guns [Live[]
>Tonight Is the Night (If I Had You)
>I Once Had Your Love (And I Can't Let Go)
>Hurry Up and Wait
>Young Girls
>Party Night
>Don't Let Up
>Who Said?
>World Series
>I Once Had Your Love (And I Can't Let Go) [Instrumental]
>Hurry Up and Wait [Instrumental]
>Party Night [Instrumental]
>Who Said? [Rhythm Mix] - (remix)
>Inside You, Pts.1 & 2
>Baby Hold On
>Don't Hold Back Your Love, Pts.1 & 2
>First Love
>Love Merry-Go-Round
>Welcome Into My Heart
>Love Zone
>Inside You, Pt.1 [Single Version]
>Inside You, Pt.2 [Single Version]
>First Love [Instrumental]
>Playin' for the Funk [Love Zone Outtake]
>Real Deal, Pts.1 & 2, The
>Are You with Me?
>Stone Cold Lover
>It's Alright with Me
>All in My Lover's Eyes
>I'll Do It All for You
>Under the Influence
>Real Deal [Instrumental], The
>It's Alright with Me [Instrumental]
>Choosey Lover
>Touch Me
>I Need Your Body
>Between the Sheets
>Let's Make Love Tonight
>Ballad for the Fallen Soldier
>Slow Down Children
>Way Out Love
>Gettin' Over
>Rock You Good
>Choosey Lover [Instrumental]
>Touch Me [Instrumental]
>I Need Your Body [Instrumental]
>Between the Sheets [Instrumental]
>Let's Make Love Tonight [Instrumental]

Album Reviews:

Billboard - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The hits alone tell a bafflingly fragmented story. This mammoth 23-disc set returns them to the context of the band's impressive evolution and shifting internal dynamics."

Mojo (Publisher) - "This small brick of a box set houses 22 Isley Brothers albums, many of them essential to any soul-funk library."

Pitchfork (Website) - "At their peak, they delivered hot funk and smooth soul every year without fail -- sometimes splitting an album in two so there was a fast side and a slow side -- and there is something to be said for that regularity: when you laid down your money, you knew the Isleys would deliver the goods."

Album Notes

In a way, the Isley Brothers have been taken for granted. Part of that is the group's unwitting doing because they were exceptionally steady. From 1966 through 1983, the Isleys placed at least one single on the Billboard R&B chart each year. They were always present, frequently at or near the top. For an extended period, they were among the most progressive groups, whether they were mixing gospel, soul, and rock, incorporating synthesizers without sacrificing the funk, covering pop hits and often surpassing them, or epitomizing quiet storm. When they retreated from the fore, they adapted with ease. Another factor in their undervalued status is that their vast discography has been reissued in chunks by various sources across the decades. The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters: 1959-1983, released by the Sony catalog's Legacy division, is a corrective measure in the form of a compact 23-disc box set. It doesn't cover the Isleys' brief '60s stints with Wand, United Artists, and Tamla, but it is remarkably generous with dozens of bonus tracks -- mono versions, single edits, instrumentals, and so forth -- and LP-replica sleeves for each album. As an extra enticement for those who dutifully rounded up those late-'90s Legacy and early-2010s BBR reissues, there's Wild in Woodstock, a previously unreleased recording of the Go All the Way-era band performing at Bearsville Studios. Intended for release with overdubbed crowd noise that was thankfully never applied, the set alternates between blistering and gliding and deserves a separate physical issue outside the box. ~ Andy Kellman



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