(1993) Live!

The Isley Brothers

... read moreThere's no performance date listed for this double-length CD, recorded by Ronald, Ernie, and Marvin Isley sometime after the 1991 reactivation of the group and released on Elektra Records (hardly a label known for its soul catalog, which may explain the album's relative obscurity). The spirits are...

01:16′:37″ 12 Songs

1
Here We Go Again (Live)
The Isley Brothers
4:52
2
Between The Sheets (Live)
The Isley Brothers
6:35
3
Smooth Sailin' Tonight (Live)
The Isley Brothers
6:44
4
Voyage To Atlantis (Live)
The Isley Brothers
5:26
5
Take Me To The Next Phase (Live)
The Isley Brothers
5:23
6
Medley: Choosey Lover / Footsteps In The Dark / Groove With You / Hello It's Me / Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) / Spend The Night [Ce Soir] [Live] (Live)
The Isley Brothers
19:09
7
Who's That Lady (Live)
The Isley Brothers
4:41
8
It's Your Thing (Live)
The Isley Brothers
3:34
9
Shout (Live)
The Isley Brothers
5:26
10
For The Love Of You (Live)
The Isley Brothers
5:00
11
Fight The Power (Live)
The Isley Brothers
5:15
12
Make Me Say It Again (Live)
The Isley Brothers
4:32
Released 31 August 1993, 1993 Elektra Entertainment Inc. for the United States and WEA International for the world outside of the United States. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

Review

There's no performance date listed for this double-length CD, recorded by Ronald, Ernie, and Marvin Isley sometime after the 1991 reactivation of the group and released on Elektra Records (hardly a label known for its soul catalog, which may explain the album's relative obscurity). The spirits are high and the mood is festive as the group, backed by a sextet and the Perri Sisters augmenting the vocals, runs through a wide swathe of its history from 1959 through the 1980s. Using the 1970s-vintage "Here We Go Again" as a jumping-off point, the group ranges freely across sounds and styles, and the crowd responds equally well to obvious (fairly) recent hits such as "Between the Sheets" and to their periodic leaps backward, to songs such as "It's Your Thing" and "Shout." The whole album has a warmly nostalgic tone to it, coupled with state-of-the-art recording. Indeed, one is tempted to praise the fidelity of these recordings -- and every voice and instrument has a strong presence -- but for the fact that, as with most post-1960s concert recordings, there does seem to have been considerable sweetening and editing performed to get it to this level. Still, the excitement and immediacy are there, and this is a very good (and oft-overlooked) document of the Isleys' sound. ~ Bruce Eder