The Isley Brothers – The Early Years
• 10 original recordings from the legendary Isley Brothers in 1962
• Songs include Let’s Twist Again, Hold On Baby, I Need Your Love and more
First formed in the early ’50s, the Isley Brothers enjoyed one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music — over the course of nearly a half-century of performing, the group’s distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings but also massive cultural shifts, which heralded their music’s transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk.
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 for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, “Twist and 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.
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, they recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.
Let’s Twist Again
Never Leave My Baby
You Better Come Home
I Say Love
Rubber Leg Twist
Don’t You Feel
Hold On Baby
I Need Your Love