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The Isley Brothers

1973

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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

The Isley Brothers absolutely kick ass always

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5

Some great songs on here, will definitely listen again.

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5

Sensational

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5

Ernie Isley is nice with it

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5

Cracker of an album

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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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5

230921 17:24 4.5

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5

i love the isley brothers but god that album format 🤢

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5

enjoyed it

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Quality vibes.

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5

Those guitar solos!

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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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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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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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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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5

Groovy as hell. Undeniably great.

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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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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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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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5

Elegantemente elegante

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5

My first introduction to soul and I’m happy.

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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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5

Just really good soul and funk

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That's 6y

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5

God DAMN

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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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4

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

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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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8

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Yup, very tasty.

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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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4

Super enjoyable and deserving of multiple listens

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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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4

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

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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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4

funky stuff

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4

i need it again, really liked vocal communication

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4

Blues and Funk, huh? Yeah, listenable :)

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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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4

Some classics on here.

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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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4

So smooth

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4

good funky soulful album

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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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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4

Soul.

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4

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

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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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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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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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4

Classic!

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4

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

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4

pretty good vice city vibes

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4

Fun, classic, a bit cheesy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

Some beautiful songs. Truly a classic

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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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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

Great songs, great playing. Sweet!

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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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4

Brilliant

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3

Overly jammy on some tracks, but the tip-top arrangements, production, and guitar tones compensate to make for a mostly enjoyable album.

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3

Very funky, "That Lady" is familiar and heard it in some movies. Rest of album is alright. 6/10.

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3

Leuk hoor. Had wel het gevoel dat ik steeds naar dezelfde nummers luisterde (was ook zo).

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3

Heb niet alles even goed meegekregen, maar best lekkere sound!

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3

Niet geheel kunnen luisteren, maar wat ik ervan heb gehoord vond ik aangenaam. Niet spectaculair maar wel goed genoeg.

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3

Boterzachte soul, best lekker.

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3

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3

I've seen this billed as "Funk", but it's more "Soul". A bit of wah-wah, falsetto at the right times, some fret-hand muting etc., but I really miss the horns. Not a trumpet in sight!

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3

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

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3

Awesome music. Thanks for the memories!

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3

As smooth as butter. Can almost guarantee at least three children were conceived while this album was being played.

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3

3/5 Album. Pretty charismatic vocalist. Songs with an organ part or an active baseline are fun to listen to. Eclectic sonic quality

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3

Groovy! It starts off with a really nice pace and it never lets go. Recommended.

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2.5

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it was okay, i did enjoy the covers but also i didn’t think it was anything i’d never heard before. i loved the voices and i loved the sound but it didn’t really stick out to me.

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3/5 not so bad, but no.

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3

Good

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3

Nice album, some songs are too repetitive/boring for me. Favorite tracks are That Lady, Sunshine, and Summer Breeze

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3

Such an easy listen. Enjoyed this one.

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3

Funky and upbeat, a nice change! I liked Summer Breeze especially.

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3

A few classics on here. Easy listening

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3

Pretty good stuff. Good mix of funk, R&B, and just grooveyness. But, the best songs are covers. So a bit of a knock there for lack of originality.

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3

Surprisingly good! Actaully enjoyed it for the most part

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3

good album, not gonna enter heavy rotation but enjoyed it

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3

well, fine

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3

I like this album a lot in terms of its composition and sound, but it's hard for me to give it the score I feel like it deserves because most of the songs on the album appear to be covers. This wouldn't be so bad if they weren't covers of very popular songs. The Isley Brothers do a great job of making the songs sound good and fit into the context of the album (Sunshine is a good example of this), but either including more original work or highlighting less popular songs by other groups would have been better 3/5

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3

Songs you've heard a bit, voice gets a bit tiresome

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3

Who's That Lady slaps. Some of the covers are smooth as hell. Others seem like they took the sheet music and plugged it into a funk rock Chuck E Cheese band. It's the longer jams that really do it for me. If they jammed out a 15 minute Lady I'd be in heaven. B

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3

Leuke soulplaat. Weinig over op te merken

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3

Sounds exactly how you expect it to. Good representation of 70s soul.

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3

The ise have it

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Really good funky sound

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3

nice

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3

Fun and funky. Love me some soul.

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3

good background music but had trouble getting into it

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Not my fave but yeah good

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Of course I've heard of this group, but I am not super familiar with their music. It sounds like they know how to play, but this album just doesn't work for me. It all sounds too restless, too busy. So unfortunately, 3 stars is the best I can do.

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3

* Few skips, some great tunes.

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2/14/21 Good vibes. Enjoyed it. Liked it more until I found out about multiple songs being covers, that kinda upsets me. For that reason I’m out (of giving a 4) Favorite: Listen to the Music

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3, it's fine

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This was an a-okay listen. For how much after it sounds like this album, it's so difficult to think of a timeline without the Isley Brothers.

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3

Summer Breeze - Another example of a five star song on a three star album. Rolling through the jasmine in my mind is one of the most evocativley beautiful lyrics I've come across in this list to date. Fricken excellent lead break too. Shame the rest of the album doesn't hold up.

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3

Very pleasant

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3

More of a summer album. It’s ok, better than the cover suggested.

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3

This project has introduced me to a lot of great soul albums that I haven't previously heard. This one doesn't really click for me, unfortunately. I've never been a big fan of That Lady, and the rest of the album didn't do anything for me either.

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3

Good, had no idea how many versions of summer breeze there were.

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3

Liked a few, found it all very listenable.

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Le fameux album contenant la pièce That Lady que j'ai entendu pour la première fois samplé dans la pièce B-Boy Bouillabaisse: A Year And A Day de Beastie Boys sur l'album Paul's Boutique et plus récemment dans la pièce I de Kendrick Lamar sur l'album To Pimp A Butterfly. Cette pièce avec le fuzz et l'effet sur la guitare est vraiment superbe. Les toms sur If You Were There sont agaçant par contre. Je comprends l'idée d'essayer des nouvelles choses, mais ça ne fonctionne pas ici. La reprise de Listen To The Music est intéressante et groove pas mal. Je vais sûrement revenir à cet album. À ramasser dans un bazar de vinyles usagés.

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3

I listened to this on Friday, I'm rating it on Monday and I just had to scrub through quickly to remember anything about it, so I guess it's not the most memorable album. Musically pretty good though.

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3

Nice funk.

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3

Good funky and soul album. Definitely some good songs

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Lovely sound of summer soul. Classic singles "That Lady" & "Summer Breeze" are classic sunny afternoon in the garden music. These are great soul songs of the 70's throughout. took me back to my youth! Rightfully on this list I believe

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3

Oh shit I do know "That Lady", didn't think I knew any of this group. Overall some nice funk but beyond That Lady it didn't grab me as much as I wanted. I can see people disagreeing though.

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I want to like this more than I do but it really does sound like a group on their 11th album; struggling to redefine and update their sound. My favorite thing on the album is the guitar work, especially that fuzzy phaser tone.

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3

Strong start with "Who's that Lady" but the rest of the album was, dare I say, boring. Could see it hitting me different in another mood or context. The "Summer Breeze" cover was deeply inferior to the original and should have been left on the cutting room floor.

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3

nice funk album. good for easy listening

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Decent motownie stuff…. Not much to say! 3+3=3*

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3

Faith and no more

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3

Notable songs I recognized

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Funky

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Лёгкий альбом, прикольный, но мне не запомнился. Но жанр соул - это для меня.

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3+3=3

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What an album. I was looking at the tracklist before I listened wondering if it was a cover album with Listen to the Music, Sunshine Go Away, and Summer Breeze. And now googling I realize that those are covers mostly which makes me feel a little better since I liked the originals better. These weren't bad but I think the only OG I had heard was That Lady but I'm reading even that was a cover too.

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3

Good & easy listening album…. Back to the 70’s

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Some great tunes here.

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3

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

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3

This brought me back to my childhood as this style of music was in heavy rotation on one of the two modern music radio stations we got in town. Not my favorite back then or now, but as my dad used to say “ You don’t know what you love, you love what you know”. Some really good guitars - especially on the Seals and Crofts cover of “Summer Breeze”. Better than a three , but not close enough to round up.

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3

nice but bit dull

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Funky fresh,it was alright

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Best lekker om eens te luisteren, de broertjes hebben aardig wat hits geschreven. Na een tijdje ben ik echter wel klaar met die "afgeknepen" stemmetjes

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That space rock guitar tone and soulful vocals on "That Lady, Pts. 1&2" make for a swell intergalactic ride. However, as a whole, the album failed to keep my attention. ⭐⭐

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The covers they did of other artists didn't do much for me. You can hear some elements of funk creeping in some of the tracks....very indicative of what many bands were sounding like in the 70s. The vocals are top notch, but I prefer their earlier stuff.

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Not my thing.....

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Not to my taste

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A little sleepy. Not my groove

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Not my style. Too fundamental maybe.

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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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Well, I’m going to go with a solid meh.

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5/10

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Undoubtably talented, but just not my thing at all.

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Couple notable songs but repetitive album.

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Clearly not my kind of music (unless I seek to quickly fall asleep)

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ekki minn stíll

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

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It's fine. 2/5

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I mostly nothing this. It's not bad (although the lyrics are lame) but it's very samey and I really struggled to engage with it or distinguish one track from another. The exception is the cover of Summer Breeze which doesn't really fit the album but is the best thing on it. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Summer Breeze Date listened: 29/04/22

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It's unoffensive, but there's not much that stands out to grab your attention

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I like this - it's gentle, easy listening in the most part. It's aged pretty well (other than the odd lyric that is slightly iffy in its attitude to women), but it doesn't offer anything particularly spectacular or lifechanging. 2/5.

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It's pleasant enough background music but doesn't lift itself beyond that, and darts between different styles so much that it lacks cohesion.

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It was okay.

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Radio 2 tastic. Categorically did not need to hear this dross before I died.

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Dated

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