Title - 'Isley Brothers: RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Set'
Artist - The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983),is a truly monumental 23-disc box set collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers.
This incredible box-set follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950's doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world's preeminent R&B rock 'n' soul powerhouse party band.
As we all should know by now, The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and originally a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music".
Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group originally performed gospel music until Vernon's death a couple years after its original formation. After moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, the group had modest chart successes during their early years, first coming to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, 'Shout', written by the three brothers. Initially a modest charted single, the song eventually sold over a million copies.
Afterwards the group recorded modestly successful works for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, 'Twist & Shout' and the Motown single, 'This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)' before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, 'It's Your Thing' on their own label, T-Neck Records.
Initially influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk music as well as pop balladry. The inclusion of younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar), and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) in 1973 turned the original vocal trio into a self-contained musical band. For the next full decade, the siblings recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.
The six-member line-up of the band splintered in 1983, with Ernie, Marvin and Chris Jasper forming the short-lived spinoff group Isley-Jasper-Isley. Eldest member O'Kelly died in 1986 and Rudolph and Ronald released a pair of albums as a duo before Rudolph retired for life in the Christian ministry in 1989. Ronald reformed the group two years later with Ernie and Marvin in 1991; five years later in 1996, Marvin Isley left the group due to complications with diabetes.
The remaining duo of Ronald and Ernie would accomplish mainstream success with the albums Eternal (2001) and Body Kiss (2003), with the former album spawning the top twenty hit, 'Contagious'. As of 2013, the Isley Brothers continue to perform under the lineup of Ronald and Ernie.
Throughout their career, the Isley Brothers have had four Top 10 singles on the United States Billboard chart. Sixteen of their albums charted in the Top 40. Thirteen of those albums have been either certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. The brothers have been honored by several musical institutions including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Five years later, they were inducted to Hollywood's Rockwalk and in 2003, were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) features newly remastered versions of The Isley Brothers' 21 albums, nearly all of which are expanded with rare mixes and tracks making their CD and digital debuts. The new collection includes 84 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks including the "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album" Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980, a live studio double album now newly restored.
The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)
Shout! (RCA Victor, 1959)
It's Our Thing (T-Neck, 1969)
The Brothers: Isley (T-Neck, 1969)
The Isley Brothers Live At Yankee Stadium (T-Neck, 1969)
Get Into Something (T-Neck, 1970)
In The Beginning The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (T-Neck, recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)
Givin' It Back (T-Neck, 1971)
Brother, Brother, Brother (T-Neck, 1972)
The Isleys Live (T-Neck, 1973)
3+3 (T-Neck, 1973)
Live It Up (T-Neck, 1974)
The Heat Is On (T-Neck, 1975)
Harvest For The World (T-Neck, 1976)
Go For Your Guns (T-Neck, 1977)
Showdown (T-Neck, 1978)
Winner Takes All (T-Neck, 1979 2 CDs)
Go All The Way (T-Neck, 1980)
Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)
Grand Slam (T-Neck, 1981)
Inside You (T-Neck, 1981)
The Real Deal (T-Neck, 1982)
Between The Sheets (T-Neck, 1983)
This definitive new Isley Brothers anthology was compiled and produced by Grammy Award®-winner Leo Sacks, co-produced by Jeffrey James and Jeremy Holiday, and mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award®-winner Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.
The Isley Brothers’ classic works continue to reach new fans through consistent radio airplay, film and television licenses and samples: in 2015, Kendrick Lamar won two Grammy Awards® for the track 'I,' built upon the groove of 'That Lady' (from 1973’s 3+3), while singer/rapper Frank Ocean covered 'At Your Best (You Are Love)' from 'Harvest For The World' (previously covered by Aaliyah in 1994, who made it a Top 10 hit).
The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) offers new music fans an opportunity to revisit the seminal R&B sounds that continue to reverberate through contemporary soul, rock, hip-hop and pop records.