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3 + 3

The Isley Brothers

1973

3 + 3

Album Summary

3 + 3 is the eleventh album released by the Isley Brothers for the Epic label under their T-Neck imprint on August 7, 1973. In 2020, the album was ranked at 464 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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Rating

3.55

Votes

5029

Genres

  • Soul
  • Funk
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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Wooooaaaaahhhhhh listen to this music. Very funky, lots of soul. Great for a sunny morning drive. The kind of music that puts you in a good mindset for a day. The guitar work in some of the songs absolutely rip.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Some absolute bangers on this one. The organs, synth, electric Guitar, and bongos are all perfectly utilized. Loved it

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

I wish *I* were a brother of the Isley Brothers so that we could all play and slay together. Just classic track after classic track and total guitar mastery. What's not to love? I think if I were being honest, I would give this a 4.5. It's not quite a perfect album to me. But it's much better than a lot of the 4's I've given out on this list, so a 5 it shall be.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Life’s too short to not appreciate great albums. 10

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

Some great motifs, i can see why it is oft sampled, but is less than the sum of its parts

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

That Doobie Brothers cover was an especially fun gem in this already very fun album. Unfortunately, that one set of Swiffer commercials completely ruined the song That Lady for me.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

The problem with early funk is that it's still close enough to its roots that it has the stank of disco on it. The bits of this that were funky were really funky. But there were so many bits that were cheesy, gross disco to keep it from being a good album. Not enough to tank it completely, though. The funk keeps it afloat. But only barely.

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Tue May 10 2022
3

3+3=3

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Mon May 16 2022
3

started strong and the star meter slowly drained as it went on...

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Tue Jun 07 2022
3

Приятная смесь фанка и соула, но не могу сказать, что запоминающаяся. Включайте в машине и смело поезжайте в закат. 5 из 10.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
2

I was really giving to this album, it’s like the bridge between Marvin Gay abd the Doobie Brothers, or a black version of the band. “The Lady,” despite being co-opted for a shampoo commercial with dogs singing “who’s that lady” that loves in my nightmares, is a a good song. But then, really quickly, this album careens from a solid album into a covers album. I can’t grade a covers album high no matter how good—except Santana Abraxas, but that’s the exception that proves the rule—it quickly dropped from verging on a 4 to verging on a 3. Good musicians, lots of fun arrangements, buttery smooth voice, but covers. 2.

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Fri May 20 2022
2

I just like the track "Sunshine", it sounds cool, rest is too sappy sounding for me.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

10/10- excellent. That Lady is a classic and the rest of the album did not disappoint.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

The Isley Brothers absolutely kick ass always

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Some great songs on here, will definitely listen again.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Sensational

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Ernie Isley is nice with it

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Cracker of an album

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Brilliant album. Like a greatest hits record - but nah this is just our eleventh album. Phenomenal funk, toe tapping, major vibes, genius musicians.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

230921 17:24 4.5

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

i love the isley brothers but god that album format 🤢

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

enjoyed it

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

This was so good! So groovy, funky, soulful. I enjoyed this album immensely. 5/5 stars.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

Funk, rock, blues. Really deserve their on-going, eight decade career. Added.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Quality vibes.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Those guitar solos!

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

This was an excellent first album to start off this listening adventure. The drums were tight the whole time, the bass was on point and there were three similar guitar solos with fuzz woven into the mix. I thought this album was produced well, I really enjoyed the panning on the last track in the beginning and the keyboard part later on in that same song was sick. The vocalist is brilliant and can hit these high notes that was drawn back and very enjoyable to hear. This album would be best making love to your partner down by the fireplace in a log cabin in the winter.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

This was so fun! Love the extended version of That Lady with its wailing guitar solo and the other original songs especially You Walk Your Way and The Highways of My Life. And then there are a bunch of delightful covers that I wouldn't have expected to work but absolutely do. I loved the soulful Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Summer Breeze (more wailing guitar!) and the funky Listen to the Music and Sunshine. Terrific addition to my library. I'm really loving the records from the early 70s that have been showing up recently, new-to-me albums from familiar-to-me artists. Great fun.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

I loved the smooth 70’s funky groove! I was smiling a lot while listening. Summer Breeze…come on, what a great version of the song!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Great album, sad that the only streaming version I found had a bunch of weird bonus tracks (I recommend only listening to the original track listing). That Lady and Summer Breeze are obvious highlights.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

damn, these guys are so talented great album 10/10

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Peak Soul, with intriguing shadings into rock. Hardly any filler, my only quibble being the lyrics mostly really aren’t very deep (the metaphors in Highways... bordering on mawkish). First rate overall.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Gostei muito, porém é repetitivo. Não conhecia a banda.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

One of these perfect 70s soul albums that never grow old. Some great originals and some great covers. (Would be nice if "The Heat is On" is also on the list but I suppose it isn't.)

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Groovy as hell. Undeniably great.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Ida jammed! Who’s that baby, indeed. Started getting hungry around Summer Breeze and was asleep before the guitar solo. Slept peacefully through the last song.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Who's that music, sexy music?! It's this album. I don't think it's part of the original album, but the interviews with the brothers are a cool addition. Fun to learn about all the influence they've had over the years - and continue to have

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Not as good as I was expecting it to be - but admittedly I had very, very high expectations. More soul than funk. The talent is extraordinary, but I'd prefer their later stuff.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Elegantemente elegante

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

My first introduction to soul and I’m happy.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Fuckin' A! If there's any music that grooves harder than this album, I have NO IDEA what it is. Absolutely love it. 5/5

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Just really good soul and funk

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

That's 6y

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Tue May 10 2022
5

God DAMN

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

If this album doesn't get your toes tapping your dead.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Really hard for me to come at this album objectively as I've owned a copy for years, and I play it frequently. Very frequently. An astounding collection of music, originals combining with a deft choice of covers. Even when it's not their own material, the Isley's put their stamp on it - would anyone disagree with me that this is the definitive version of 'Summer Breeze'? What really gives 3+3 wallop is Ernie Isley's guitar, beamed in from outer space. It's truly a sound I could enjoy all day. When he's absolutely wailing in the latter part of 'That Lady Pts 1 and 2' I am in my happy place. What a life-affirming album!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Only recently gotten into to the Isley Bros but I had no idea that they wrote so many amazing songs. This was a pretty good album and had a lot of the big songs that I do know but I am not sure about it as an album. Monster musicians

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I cannot believe how many songs I thought of that sampled from this album. Whole thing is a jam, this kicked ass. Easy 5.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

This album came up today, and I thought, "This is gonna be a good day." Get ready, coworkers and neighbors. I'm gonna crank it.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

This was great

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Not in my wheelhouse. It's great tho!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

The masters of funk at the top of their game, completely in control of every note. Both the originals and the covers sparkle with vibrancy.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

cool

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Trop bon. Du funk a letat pur. Tellement de sample on eteprit dans cet album les isley brother sont lws maitres dur iffs. 5***

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Solid palette cleanser of an album, very great vibes on this one. It transitions between funky and soulful seamlessly and the guitar tones and wah-wah pedals are in full bloom here. Lots of covers which was surprising, but seems like these guys have a massive discography so they've earned a little songwriting break I'd say. Really enjoyed this, I can't imagine anyone listening to this and hating it.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Such a mood

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Lots of songs that have been sampled in newer songs. What a legendary album to visit. So funky, you can’t help but dance!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Great mix of R&B slow jams and bangers. Still holds up incredibly well 50 years later

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Classics

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

First listen. I love the Isley Brothers. Heard many of those songs many times but it was good to listen to that album.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Great soul album

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Absolutely chocked full of bangers.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

So underappreciated.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Smooth and dirty

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

psychedelic bad ass funk

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Little known fact. This album came out in August 1973 and 72.4% of babies born between April and August 1974 were conceived while this record was playing. The Isleys expanded from a trio to a six-person unit for this one and embraced funk. There are great covers (Summer Breeze, Sunshine, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight) that transform the originals into soulful explorations. The self-penned Who's That Lady Pts 1 & 2 is a classic and, for me, has some of the best guitar work on a song that went Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

I lenjoyed this. Great vocals and some really nice guitar solos too. Would listen again

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Fantastic. I've obviously known of The Isley Brothers for ever, but had never really listened to them. Great stuff.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Really good, funking soulful dancefloor ballads. Elevated by the additional of little brother Ernie providing screaming guitar licks on the 2 phenomenal singles.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Stone cold soulful grooves. Could give it 5 for the definitive version of Summer Breeze, I don't want it to end. Although the original is pretty fine as well. That Lady, what it comes down to, not every song here is 5 star classic - but most of them are.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Phenomenal

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

The best soul meets the best rock and the whole thing is absolute magic from start to finish. Hendrix was in the band for a while and THIS IS STILL BETTER. That Lady and Summer Breeze are the hits and they're great, but everything else, save for maybe one schmaltzy ballad meets that standard. Can't believe I waited my whole life so far before getting around to this.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Some very sweet and pleaseant songs, a couple of which I was already familiar with but had no idea who wrote them. Found it a bit one dimensional, but closer to a 3.5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Don't let me be lonely tonight, Highways of my life. Does not feel old. Sounds great

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

7/10. I'm sorry, but I think "That Lady" is a bit annoying. Overall I liked the style of the album though.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Yup, very tasty.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Whow! That's something! I didn't know the band and this album was amazing!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

God this is a relief after all the psychedelic dad rock, even though this is pretty psychedelic funk. Great start, bopping in my office seat to 'That Lady". "Summer Breeze" put me in a great mood. They really remind me of someone I can't put my finger on, maybe that my mom listened to when I was a child - stevie wonder? ... yep, reminds me of Superstition.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Such a great album, with iconic songs and incredibly distorted guitars, in a good way.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Wow these boys can sing. And some really great tracks too. Who's that Lady. Love there version of the Dooby Brothers Listen to the Music and Seaks and Crofts Aummer Breeze, never had so much soul. A fine fun album 3.75 🌟

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

This album swings, I think it holds up really well. Probably closer to a 3.5 but I will round up to a 4 because I know I will listen to this album again!

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Super enjoyable and deserving of multiple listens

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

This is a great and easy-entry selection of classic 70s soul+rock+r&b. Starting right out with "That Lady" - a high-energy uptempo song which can sit alongside any rock song of the era. I'm not often a fan of albums consisting of many covers (and this has no less than 4 that are/were already well-known) so it docks it a bit for me...but these are done in such an *Isley Brothers style* that it's hard to believe they're not originals. 7/10 4 stars

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Great album, never boring, loved the guitar, timeless sounding

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

This was an awesome album. Great vocals on top of great production. Really loved the Hendrix inspired guitar and synth work.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

funky stuff

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

i need it again, really liked vocal communication

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Blues and Funk, huh? Yeah, listenable :)

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

As a fan of "Awaken, My Love" this was a very cool exploration of the Ancestral DNA of that album, and stood strong in its own right

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Some classics on here.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

It was a funky-ass Friday. This had some great versions of songs like Sunshine Go Away Today and Summer Breeze.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

So smooth

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

good funky soulful album

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Me sorprendió. Me sentí usando pantalones acampanados y cosas de oro en el cuello con una summer breeze y Jasmine flowers

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Hard to fault, but James Taylor's original version of 'Don't let me be lonely tonight' is much better, as is The Doobie Brothers' original of 'Listen to the music'. But their versions are OK and the two singles are great.. The guitar on 'whose that lady' is just epic!

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Way more funky than you'd expect, whips along at a great pace while staying laid back.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Никогда не любил подобную музыку. Но... в общем к 49 дорос до 3 + 3 , наконец.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

So many songs I’ve heard covered but didn’t know the source

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Solid R&B, lots of toe tapping tunes. Seems extremely well produced overall. Listened on youtube music at work. Got me moving on every track. At the start of this, I wasn't enamored, but man, this is SOLID. 4.5/5.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Soul.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

That album where you realize you've been listening to covers of the original songs...

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Good album overall, the "extra" content on the reissue just makes it seem bloated and repetitive. Outstanding musicianship. Their cover of Seals & Crofts classic is better than the original IMO.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Strong start for the album, good rhythm and catchy songs like that lady and if you were there. The slower songs don't feel out of place and help keep focus on the album. Not sure how I feel about the cover of listen to the music. Feels different enough that it can grow on me bur I don't know if I can place it above the doobie brothers version. The second half isn't as solid as the first but it's still good. Overall 4/5

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Love the early 70s synths. Knew a lot of the songs, although not in this form. “That Lady” is great. Was fun to hear their spins on “You Walk Your Way,” “Listen to the Music,” “Sunshine (Go Away Today)”, and “Summer Breeze.” Will add several of these songs to the library

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

So funky! "That Lady" is a new favorite. As for the rest, I really loved their electrified versions of early 70s chestnuts. I definitely enjoyed their "Listen to the Music" more than the original and "Summer Breeze" is so smooooooth. I love the instrumentation in this album. This put a whole bunch of needed soul in my step today.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

High Funk, and nearly impeccable pop music, too. Plenty of songs are songs first before launching into extended, ecstatic, instrumental flourishes. All while staying trim.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Smooth and goes down easy, but with plenty of complex notes. Best track: That Lady

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Awesome, seemingly effortless, funk and soul. A great listen. Fave track - "That Lady" is badass - also loved their version of "Summer Breeze"

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

What a great album! So hugely influential. Their influence extends WAY further than I even realized. Fave track: "That Lady." Extra fun because Kendrick Lamar sampled it for "i".

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Now this is what I'm talking about. This is soul-funk with the smoothness and sexiness I'm looking for.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Good jams, really enjoyed this one’s nostalgic smooth sounds. 4

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Short, to the point, very peppy at points but also mellow and sweet at other times. Little bit of a shame that almost half were covers but i enjoyed them except for the cover of the Doobie Brother's Listen to the Music. That Lady. A Classic very much liked. Guitar wailing almost used like a vocal track Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight: Beautiful, soulful and understated singing performance and simple but effective playing, accents the singer well. Elevated version of the Taylor classic. If You Were There: Another Funky Song, sorta basic but does the job well. Not at all bad. Almost as if a Four Seasons song were to be funk. You Walk Your Way: Was waiting for a little gospel, one of the best ones on the album. Uplifting. Gospely with out being too much. Very subtle and sweet. Listen to the Music: Prefer the Dobbie Brothers version didn't do much different except for dialing the funkyness of it up by one point. Highways Of My Life: Bass playing strong, nothing revolutionary but strong and also very accentuated. Sunshine (Go Away Today): Very nice bass playing, very nice. Liked that the bass was the focal point of the song almost throughout. Better than og. Summer Breeze pt. 1 and 2: Like the small influence from asian traditional music in intro. Elevates og into another realm.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

A very fun, funky and soulful record. Favorites: "That Lady", "Summer Breeze", "The Highways of My Life"

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Classic!

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

This is real good stuff. Summer Breeze is a fantastic cover.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

pretty good vice city vibes

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Fun, classic, a bit cheesy

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Who’s that Lady is a classic and the rest of the album was pleasant to listen to. Really a 3.5 in my book but I enjoyed it overall so a 4.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Listened to on 2/14/22 4/5 Favorite Song: You Walk Your Way, Summer Breeze This album was great and so easy to listen to. The integration of different instruments was flawlessly done and their music was soulful. I could play it on repeat all day

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

22nd February 2022 Listened on the sofa while working. Had a chilled evening for our anniversary where we got pizza and watched the ugly truth! Disco funk of the highest order, sounds like a sweaty summer night.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Great album. Musically the band is really tight. The Isleys have a wonderful pop sensibility with a smooth vibe few of their peers can touch. Quite a few covers on this album, some brilliant ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Summer Breeze") and some just fairly good ("Sunshine," "Listen to the Music"). On the flip side, I was today years old when I learned that "If You Were There" was not an original Wham! song. Loved it. Fave Songs: What It Comes Down To, That Lady, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Summer Breeze, If You Were There, The Highways of My Life

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

This was very enjoyable. Some great funk and soul. If I saw this at my record store I would pick it up.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

I liked this one. The guitar work is really good, particularly on the tracks 'That Lady' and 'Summer Breeze' which are the highlights on the album. The instrumentation elsewhere is also enjoyable. Generally the album has a relaxed feel. Overall I'm undecided between 3.5 and 4 stars, but I think this is worthy of 4.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

I can understand why it's a must listen, I thought it would be way of the type of music I enjoy, ended up enjoying it a lot more than expected. Favorite track: Summer breeze, Pts.1 & 2

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Great album! 4/5 That lady, Don’t let me be lonely Sunshine Summer breeze The highlights of my life

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Some beautiful songs. Truly a classic

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Leaping into a new record label after over a decade in others, 3+3 finds The Isley Brothers finding themselves tangled with some of their most recognizable songs and most effective hidden gems. You may find them pointless, but the interviews tacked at the end helps get The Isleys and their impact on music across and serves as an insight to their trajectories and progress. 3+3 indeed. Favorites: Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, You Walk Your Way, Listen to the Music, Sunshine (Go Away Today), Summer Breeze (Pts 1& 2), The Highways of My Life.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Pretty good album, though the covers were not improved from their respective originals. Still a very fun album.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

This was a great album. It was a nice mix of funk and R&B. That said, there were times when I wanted more funk or more R&B rather than the two interchanged with each other.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

There is a lot of funk and groove on this album, with a few recognizable songs that have made their rotation throughout pop culture, notably in commercials. This album is fun, it is soulful, the Isley Brothers sound as though they are having fun and that sentiment is certainly expressed on that first listen. "Summer Breeze" features a significant guitar solo towards the end of the song that beautifully complements the soulfully jazzy tone. Musically, the album is complex and groovy and it is expertly melded with the vocals, from the lead to the background this is a master's craft in good sounding music. The recording is warm sounding yet each instrument has its distinct contribution while still complementing each other smoothly. A decent pair of speakers/headphones will duplicate this, and one should do so.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Cool album. Some songs were a bit too busy. Some great guitar in this one

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Great songs, great playing. Sweet!

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Hell yeah! Love the Isley Brothers, and this happens to have my favorite song from them, their rendition of Summer Breeze. And how fitting to get "That Lady," the song sampled by Kendrick Lamar on i, the day before Kendrick drops his new album. Anyway, this one is excellent, this is the kind of R&B/soul stuff that I really, consistently enjoy. Fantastic grooves all around. Favorite tracks: Summer Breeze, That Lady, If You Were There, What It Comes Down To, The Highways of My Life. Album art: Pretty ordinary band photo, but the guys look cool. Are they really all brothers? 4.5/5

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Brilliant

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Oh, this is a smooth album. Very nice.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Great album

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

The Isley Brothers is the group that managed to score a Hot 100 hit for 6 decades straight. They're also one of the most sampled artists in hip hop. Play any of their top hits and you can name several songs that sample them, notoriously Biggie. But as for funk, this album offers few weaknesses. There's a fair mix of pre-disco funk rock and slower soulful songs, with many somewhere in between. I'm a huge fan of the energetic front vocals with backing support and the various keyboards, whether the organ, clavinet, or synths. The guitar really shines when it electrifies. They redefine the covers as their own, still recognizable, yet fresh and exciting as they put their hearts into each cover. There's several songs I don't care for much, but only two I find purely boring. It's not the most impressive funk out of the 70s, nor is it even close to being my favorite, but you can't deny this album is full of great tracks that grab your attention, never drawing out its stay. Favorites: That Lady, Listen to the Music, Summer Breeze, The Highways of My Life Least Favorites: You Walk Your Way, Sunshine

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Puffmusik (oder auch Musik, um gepflegt eine Frau nach allen Regeln der Kunst zum Liebe machen zu verführen), aber seeehr gute Puffmusik. Kannte ich natürlich wieder überhaupt nicht. Knapp unter 5 Sternen.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

So many tracks I’ve enjoyed off this before but had never heard the whole album. Still stands up as a great summer album

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

I loved this! I knew a couple of song but hadn't heard anything else from the Isley Brothers but what a vibe. Absolute funk blues bliss. This put me in a great mood

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

So much fun. I thought this was gonna be the kind of album that would get me pregnant, but I was happy that there’s a lot more variety here than just the baby-making jams I anticipated. Not sure I’m ready yet to call this version of “Summer Breeze” the definitive one, but I had never heard their take on “Listen to the Music” and I’m prepared now to pretend like the Doobie Bros. version simply doesn’t exist. Doobie who? I’m already doing it. Wonder if they ever figured out who that lady is tho’.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

7/2/2022 - ALBUM #156 Today's Album: "3 + 3" by The Isley Brothers - As far as I can gather, the Isley brothers are a pretty legendary soul-funk trio from the early 70s, which typing now seems odd considering how well this album holds up when compared to a lot of it's contemporaries in the later 70s and early 80s. This album is somewhat of an experiment for the group, since they combined the efforts of the original 3 members (and 3 other family members providing various small parts) to an additional 3 guest musicians playing drums, tom-toms, organ, and congas, thus the name 3+3. In terms of the album itself, I think it's really enjoyable from start to finish. I think from the first 30 seconds of the opener, That Lady, it's clear that the production of the project overall is going to be stellar and it really does just sound great the whole way through. I think the auxiliary percussion from the guest artists liven things up and give it this sort of latin vibe to the otherwise super funky grooves being laid down on these tracks. The vocals are also a huge highlight here, with Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight being a standout for me, with lots of heartfelt balladry. There are a lot of songs in the middle of the project that do start to feel a tad more like filler, and not because they're terrible on their own, but just that when compared to tracks like That Lady and Summer Breeze, tracks like the pretty sub-par cover of the Doobie Brother's Listen To The Music just fall a bit flat. Speaking of Summer Breeze, however, I think this song alone saves a lot of this album for me. It's just so smooth and enjoyable that it feels like it pulls up the end of the record into feeling like this magical experience. The chorus is so goddamn catchy and the lyricism in general across the track is just so carefree. I should also mention that both this song and the opener That Lady come in a 2 part package, with the first part being a radio-friendly banger, and the 2nd part being an extension of the song with an absolutely wicked solo section and by that I mean genuinely some of the best guitar soloing I've heard. I do also appreciate the flow of this album, with many tracks seamlessly entering into the next like from If You Were There to You Walk Your Way. The closer of the album also carries this momentum into a pretty stellar finish, with a lot of the thought provoking themes of relationships and looking back on your decisions and communications being brought to a head, with the lyrics comparing the many paths in life to highways. It also has a lot of really sweet sounding synths and elegant piano passages that just create such a bittersweet atmosphere for a perfect goodbye to this record. Overall, I think this album was pretty fantastic, even if there are a few songs in the middle that stand pretty strong on their own, but simply don't compare to the way this album opens and finishes. Give this one a listen if you like Funk and Soul and I guarantee this will be your favorite album for a while. Highlights: That Lady, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, What It Comes Down To, Summer Breeze, The Highways Of My Life Score: 8/10 colorful, groovy, and occasionally psychedelic soul-funk bangers

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Some fabulous covers and reimaginings on this album, rather fitting for the guys who were covered by the Beatles for Twist and Shout.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

So smooth.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Actually super good! Just a chill, positive, good time. I also knew way more songs than I thought I would.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Aggressively 70’s, super funky, easy listening, overall good time.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Funk central, enjoyed it a lot.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Its quite delightful

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

I'm usually too dead inside for these funky, fresh albums, but this actually got me grooving. The guitar work is fucking incredible. Like Hendrix or Gilmour levels of incredible. Some songs are kind of repetitive, but "That Lady" and "Summer Breeze" are certified giga-bangers. Shame because I was looking forward to making a 6/10 joke (haha get it? 3+3 is 6. That is literally the funniest thing anybody has ever come up with), but it's more like an 8/10.. so a very strong 4/5 on this scale I guess.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Funk-soul-rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Nice and smooth

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Had a fun time with this one. Bobbing my head, good funk, groove, music. All around good time

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Good vibes

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

That was very enjoyable and some absolutely brilliant songs. 4.5

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Groovy 👍

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

The full version of Summer Breeze is a banger!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Prefer the upbeat funk rather than the synth heavy ballads, but great album overall

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Very jammy.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Great listen. I love the Isley Brothers and was really into "The Highways of My life" and "Listen to the Music". "That Lady" is of course a classic as well. Somehow, I never made the connection that Kendrick samples that song for "I" until now. Both songs are great!

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Sampled from frequently

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Lovely guitar sound Nice feel Little but samey Love the lady

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

While I have a lot of respect for R'n'B and the musicians in or in vicinity of Motown, I could never get into it myself. But this one is so funky and jammy, it's just so fun. "That Lady Pts. 1 & 2" with those keyboard licks just fucking slaps, If you were there has that great bass lines and tasteful guitar runs. Still a lot of ballads for a dull toneless fuck like me, but eh

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Better than I expected. Recognized a bunch of samples from here

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

I’m that lady

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Loved it especially the Doobie Brothers cover

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Fantastic 70s soul. Groovy.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

I love me some '70s-style funk and soul, so this album was right up my alley. "That Lady" is a classic, but it was the only song on the album I was familiar with, minus the original versions of "Listen to the Music" and "Summer Breeze" (they do justice to the former and improve on the latter). My favorite track was "What it Comes Down to," which is '70s soul to the bone. Good stuff.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Just a super funk + soul album, with some fantastic vocals and great guitar riffs. Not usually a big fan of cover albums but The Isley Brothers just make it their own that it's hard to believe it's not their songs.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Isleys are seriously under-appreciated, both as hitmakers and players. There's some great playing here and rich interpretations on the covers.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

A classic, very specific mood. I like it, but I don't think I would sit down and listen the whole album again soon.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

It's hard to judge songs you've heard literally thousands of times. But "That Lady" still jams! If I'm going to nitpick, this is a short album at just nine tracks and 40-ish minutes. But six of the tracks are covers (if you count "That Lady"). Mind, the covers are unique, and not just re-recordings with different personnel. But you'd still hope for more originals.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

First new to me, really good album

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Few good slappers - Downloaded 2 or 3 songs

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Found the sample for Kendrick Lamar’s “I” with the first track “That Lady, Pts 1&2”. Should note I am familiar with the Isley Brothers but have never actually listened to an entire album, their vocals and instrumentals are as smooth as I would expect them to be. Album makes me feel good and happy, almost like a summer day.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Mjög næs plata. That Lady er iconic.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Funky as.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

A really good funk album, enjoyed almost all the songs. Was nice to listen to something I wouldn't usually pick.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Made the monday commute 100% smoother

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Musty smelling funk!

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Funk-soul-rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Great sound

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

That's some enjoyable music. was expecting some 70's soul but took me on a trip

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Lovely

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Hey I know this Kendrick Sample

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Some timeless classics

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

I really loved this one, I don't usually listen to much funk/soul so this was a treat. Favorite: That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Positives: This had the best guitar solos I think I've ever heard on a R&B album. I mean wow, That Lady and Summer Breeze blew me away. (It was hard to hear That Lady and not think of Kendrick's "i" if I'm being honest). The Doobie Brothers Cover was also great (For more great covers check out their album Givin it Back. The vocals were great but for me it was more awesome for me to hear an R&B/Funk band do the extended jamming we hear on this album. I wish that was the whole album Negatives: Some of the slower songs were pretty boring and unremarkable to me. After the lift off of "That Lady", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" was a huge leftdown. Overall: The highs on this album were very high for me but the lows were pretty low. There are songs I'm bookmarking and songs I never need to hear again in my life.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Great funky soul sound with interesting covers

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Solid funky album Fave songs: that Lady, if you were there, sunshine, summer breeze 4/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Some pretty smooth tunes on here! Never really listened to much Isley's before and was surprised how many songs I recognize. Cool covers and a solid collection of songs that were well worth the listen! I'm kind of surprised at myself for enjoying it.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Groovin

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Really good, can hold its own with Innervisions

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

tremenda guitarra fav sunshine, that lady

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

This is just great. Really fun to listen to, That Lady and Summer Breeze are unreal and should always be listened to in Parts 1 and 2.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Favorite album so far. Fun, soulful, great music to start the work week.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

INCREDIBLE guitar playing, really astronomical stuff. It all sounds pretty good, even if it’s slightly dated. A-

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Liked this one. I didn't realize some of the songs were theirs, but I knew them already. 3.5/5

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Super fun album; cover versions of Listen to the Music and Summer Breeze are pretty fantastic. Love the gnarly fuzz guitar tone!

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Loved this album, such good soul and composition

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