The Isley Brothers

Ultimate Collection

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The long career of the Isley Brothers spans four decades and several labels, and embraces many style changes, from ragged R&B through Motown soul to deep funk, making them an extremely difficult group to anthologize. This three-disc set, however, covers all the bases, from the gospel-driven energy of early hits "Shout" and "Twist and Shout" (originally done by the Topnotes), through their Motown period (which yielded the stately Holland-Dozier-Holland hit "This Old Heart of Mine"), and on into their funk phase, which included the flame-throwing "Fight the Power" and Ernie Isley's blistering guitar leads on "That Lady." This is a wonderful collection that displays a remarkable cohesion, and it accomplishes it by not running the tracks in chronological order, which downplays the many style shifts, and reveals a multi-talented and versatile group with amazing staying power.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:47
2 4:33
3 4:08
4 4:59
5 4:22
6 4:57
7 5:45
8 4:49
9 3:22
10 5:37
11 5:05
12 5:24
13 5:37
14 5:32
15 4:06
16 4:16

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:35
2 3:04
3 6:56
4 3:20
5 6:04
6 5:31
7 3:53
8 3:23
9 4:14
10 5:24
11 6:04
12 4:12
13 3:51
14 5:13
15 5:50
16 4:27
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