The Human Beinz

Nobody But Me

Composed by O'Kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley

Song Review by

A huge Top Ten hit in the autumn of 1967, the Human Beinz's cover of this Isley Brothers obscurity was a relatively successful attempt to record a modern, rock/psychedelic version of a dance rocker along the lines of "Gimmie Some Lovin'" or the Isley Brothers' own "Shout." The main ingredient here is the powerful rhythm section, led by bassist Mel Pachuta and drummer Mike Tatman. Both carry the rolling, R&B-drenched tempo throughout the whole piece, with a locomotive-like energy. The chant-like "no-no-no-no" vocal hook was one of the most powerful of the time, and gives the listener something to immediately latch onto. Aside from the strong R&B feel, the song also references the time it was recorded in, and contains a Yardbirds-like electric guitar rave-up from John "Dick" Belley that satisfied the underground audience of the time. In the end, the song is a case of welding different styles that cut across audiences and genres, and "Nobody but Me" remained a staple of oldies radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Human Beinz in Japan 1969 Sunbeam Records
Flower Power: Psychedelic Rock Classics 1981
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:17
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Toga Rock 1987
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:16
Classic Rock: 1968 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:18
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Frat Rock! 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records 2:17
Spring Break [Priority] 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
Baby Boomer Classics: More Rockin' Sixties 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:16
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:11
Hot Rod: Hot Rod Rebels 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:15
Good Time 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:18
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:20
Number Ones: Party On 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:18
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:16
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Hot Rod Box Set 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:17
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:16
Millennium 60's Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
One Hit Wonders the Sixties [Axis] 1999
Various Artists
Axis Records
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:21
Greatest Hits of the 60's [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc
Nuggets from Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 2000
Various Artists
Rhino
A Year in Your Life: 1968, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:18
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:20
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 2:18
Rock On 1968 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
Ultimate 16: Ultimate 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:17
The Departed [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
Operation Dinghy / Warner Bros. / Warner Sunset 2:19
Nobody But Me/Evolutions 2006 Collectables 2:20
The Classic Sixties Collection: 1968 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:16
Garage Days, Vol. 1 2011 Fuel 2000 / Varèse Sarabande 2:26
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:17
'60s Music Revolution: Different Drum
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:17
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:16
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Summer Forever: The Ultimate Party Album
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:26
Surfs Up! [Platinum]
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 2:19
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Windswept Pacific
Various Artists
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