The Isley Brothers

Old School Cruzin' with the Isley Brothers

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The old adage of not judging a book by its cover definitely rings true for this 2005 compilation on budget-line imprint Thump. Shoddy packaging aside, this is a fair-enough documentation of the Isley Brothers' glory years during the '70s, when they wrote one of the most significant chapters in the history of funk and soul. The absence of the powerhouse anthem "That Lady" aside, this is a solid lineup compiled with great reverence for the Brothers' heavy and rich catalog. "Fight the Power," "It's Your Thing" and "Summer Breeze" are but a few of the many hits included here. It's not the perfect anthology framing the famous family of funk. But as economically priced compilations go, this one hits the bullseye.

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