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Genre > Soul, R&B, Funk
The Heat Is On (Speakers Corner)A glance at the discs, which rocked through the charts under the simple name of “Isley Brothers” will give you an idea of how a "long-lasting and self-generative family enterprise" (The Times) became a true soul factory. After a brisk start with popular rock’n’roll music, similar to that which a large number of black vocal groups turned out in the Fifties, followed a long march from one record company to another – all of whom were hard pushed to equate the dynamic musicality of these brothers with the 'own sound' of their productions. After hopping from one record label to the next, and not even getting a long-lasting break with the potent Motown label Tamla, golden days arrived when they set up their own label – T-Neck.
Amidst the turmoil created by strong competition from superb studio albums, the Isleys landed a smash hit in 1975 with "The Heat Is On," an album which achieved double platinum status with its collection of perfectly written numbers. Powerful, funky volleys ("Fight The Power"), gyrating riffs as a launch pad for harmonious vocals and a creative solo ("The Heat Is On") go their own way, which is also apparent in the bell-like, airy ballads that swing along tastefully – quite without the sugar-sweet strings so popular at that time.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Ernie Isley (guitar, drums, percussion, vocals)
- Chris Jasper (keyboards)
- O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley (vocals)
- Marvin Isley (bass)
Recording: 1975 at Kendun Recorders, Burbank (CA), by Kent Duncan
Production: The Isley Brothers
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky“), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects – excluding the exception above – and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2
2. The Heat Is On, Pts. 1 & 2
3. Hope You Feel Better Love, Pts. 1 & 2
4. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2
5. Sensuality, Pts. 1 & 2
6. Make Me Say It Again Girl, Pts. 1 & 2
7. Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2
$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Power Of PeaceLegacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is pleased to announce the release of Power of Peace, a new studio album from Santana (Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana) and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie).
Recorded last year, Power of Peace is the fulfillment of a dream, a new musical studio collaboration connecting Santana and The Isleys on a mind-bending journey through some of the immortal soul, funk, blues, rock, jazz and pop songs that continue to inspire them.
About the Power of Peace, Carlos Santana observes, "I feel a deep sense of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness. There is a spirit of creativity that came knocking and presented itself as a golden opportunity to do something with and for a supreme musician, who I consider to be the best in the world. Brother Ronnie Isley has been in the center of collective unity and harmony on the radio around the world since 1962 with 'Twist and Shout,' the song that the Beatles chose to invade America with. Like Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Bob Marley, he's an iconic supreme of the highest order. Cindy and I feel very blessed to offer him this gift. From God, through us to you, for the world…Mr. Ronnie Isley."
"It was an absolute joy working on this album with Carlos!," exclaims Ronald Isley. "I hope this record carries the spirit of hope, love, and peace to the world that it brought to me, my brother and Carlos!"
Ernie Isley shares his brother's enthusiasm, saying, "Doing this project with Carlos Santana was fun and illuminating. I hope all music lovers enjoy what we have done."
Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album's main producer/arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, Power of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers ("Are You Ready," "Love, Peace, Happiness"), Swamp Dogg ("Total Destruction to Your Mind"), Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"), Billie Holiday ("God Bless the Child"), Eddie Kendricks ("Body Talk"), Curtis Mayfield ("Gypsy Woman"), Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon ("I Just Want to Make Love to You"), Dionne Warwick/Jackie DeShannon ("What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love"), Marvin Gaye ("Mercy Mercy Me - The Ecology"), Leon Thomas ("Let the Rain Fall on Me") and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson ("Let There Be Peace on Earth").
Power of Peace premieres a new song, "I Remember," written and sung by Cindy Blackman Santana. Cindy, who plays drums on the album, produced and arranged "Higher Ground" (along with her husband, Carlos). A family affair, Power of Peace features two Santanas--Carlos (guitar) and Cindy (drums)--and four Isleys: Ronald (vocals) and Ernie (rhythm guitar) and their respective spouses, Kandy Johnson Isley (Ron's wife, she sings background on "God Bless the Child," "Body Talk" and "Gypsy Woman") and Tracy Isley (Ernie's wife, she also sings background vocals on "God Bless the Child").1. Are You Ready
2. Total Destruction To Your Mind
3. Higher Ground
4. God Bless The Child
5. I Remember
6. Body Talk
7. Gypsy Woman
8. I Just Want To Make Love To You
9. Love, Peace, Happiness
10. What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love
11. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
12. Let The Rain Fall On Me
13. Let There Be Peace On Earth
$27.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
This Old Heart Of MineThis Old Heart of Mine is the fourth album released by The Isley Brothers in 1966, on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album, their first with the seminal Detroit-based music label, yielded the Isleys' biggest hit in their early period with the title track. Other charted singles including "Take Some Time Out for Love" and "I Guess I'll Always Love You". The album's cover was not controversial at the time, but was criticized years later by activists because it did not depict the three African American brothers, instead using a picture of two white teenage lovers on a beach. Defenders say this was/is totally irrelevant since it was an artistic choice only. The Isley Brothers are today considered another one of the seminal Detroit groups of their era.1. Nowhere To Run
2. Stop! In The Name Of Love
3. This Old Heart Of Mie (Is Weak For You)
4. Take Some Time Out For Love
5. I Guess I’ll Always Love You
6. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
7. Put Yourself In My Place
8. I Hear A Symphony
9. Just Ain’t Enough Love
10. There’s No Love Left
11. Seek And You Shall Find
$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
3 + 3180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl
The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins! Their 1973 Masterwork Album!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation
Manufactured At R.T.I. – Mastered By Joe Reagoso
The Isley Brothers are truly a worldwide gift to soul, rock and pop music enthusiasts everywhere. Over five decades in the music business and still going strong, their hit albums and top charting singles continue to captivate millions of fans all over the globe.
In 1973, brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O’Kelly Isley expanded their band and hit making sound into new stratospheric heights. With the addition of brothers Ernie, Marvin and cousin Chris Jasper, The Isley Brothers 3 + 3 was born.
With this new sound and band change also began their new long-term association with Columbia Records bringing an initial handful of new songs which ultimately became their first platinum plus selling LP 3+3.
The sound was new and exciting, solid street soul fused with rock, a brand new kind of soul, as The Isley Brothers’ 3+3 LP soared to the top rungs of all the soul and pop album charts.
This masterpiece smash included enough hits to be called a greatest hits album in its own right. Especially when you get smash hit singles with That Lady, James Taylor’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, the brilliant Isley sound of What It Comes Down To, and of course their legendary interpretation of Seals and Crofts’ Summer Breeze. All in all, making this amazing platinum smash one of the most revered in their long-lasting and huge catalog of Isley Brothers’ classic recordings.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Isley Brothers. That is why we are so very proud to announce our first installment in The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their legendary masterpiece 3+3.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Donny Hathaway/Aretha Franklin) for the first time on audiophile blue vinyl, The Isley Brothers 3+3 LP will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
We further enhance this limited anniversary edition with the original stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements. The Isley Brothers… 3+3….Impeccable first time audiophile translucent blue vinyl + gatefold cover presentation……
From your friends at Friday Music.
Who’s That Lady!1. That Lady
2. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
3. If You Were There
4. You Walk Your Way
5. Listen To The Music
6. What It Comes Down To
7. Sunshine (Go Away Today)
8. Summer Breeze
9. The Highways Of My Life
$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LPBuy Now