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As influential in its own way as early '70s efforts by Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers' 3+3 took black music to the next level. Combining frontline vocalists O'... more »
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As influential in its own way as early '70s efforts by Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers' 3+3 took black music to the next level. Combining frontline vocalists O'Kelly, Ronald, and Rudolph with the instrumental chops of younger brothers Ernie and Marvin, plus brother-in-law Chris Jasper, the group broke out with the smoking single "That Lady," featuring Ernie's Hendrixian guitar. They followed it up with some soulful reworkings of rock songs of the moment (which, as luck would have it, all turned into certified classics), including the Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music," Seals and Crofts's "Summer Breeze," and James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight." It's hard to imagine now how daring a strategy that was at the time, but the results sounds as fine today as ever. --Daniel Durchholz
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L. Kelsey | Riverside, CA. United States | 07/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the Isley Brothers introduction to the seventies. Breaking free from Motown, adding brother Ernie, cousins Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper and setting up shop in New Jersey, the Isleys begun to chart their course for the new decade. With this album they decided to do their "own thing," and come up with some of the best soul/funk/rock put together on wax. They blend funk and rock with "Who's that Lady," and "Sunshine." They take "Don't Let Me be Lonely Tonight," a classic in its original James Taylor version, and make it a classic "quiet storm" jam. They also do the same with Seals and Crofts "Summer Breeze." This was the first of several classic Isley Brothers albums of the seventies, and moved them from being just another male vocal group that used to be on the Motown label, to one of the tightest, funkiest, and most versatile soul bands of the decade. "3+3" is the first of many great Isley Brothers albums."
The Beginnings of Rock are Established
L. Kelsey | 09/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Isley Brothers had begun to establish themselves as a major rock group with this album. It was an innovative move on their part to redo their own song ("Who's That Lady"-1964/1973) and revamp songs that were already, even at that early date, classics ("Summer Breeze", "Love The One Your With", etc.).Ernie's unique guitar style had really begun to shine through (meaning that since this is a major label (CBS), more people were reached by it than the "Giving It Back" album by Buddah) and can be heard, not so much in "Summer Breeze", but in the "Highway of My Life", "Sunshine Go Away Today", "What It Comes Down To", and, of course, "Who's That Lady".Chris Jasper also shines in "Highway of My Life", "Summer Breeze" and "Sunshine Go Away Today", and Marvin was clear and good in "You Go Your Way", among others.The harmony matures more and more with each passing album and culminates in "Showdown" (1978). Wonderful singing and beautiful, creative songwriting as well on the part of Ronald and the Isleys as a group."
I found "Summer Breeze!"
L. Kelsey | 04/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you have a shelf of music void of the Isley Brothers anything, you're missing out! My Isley Borthers collection is complete now that I have "Summer Breeze", the hypnotizing song that plays in my mind each time the sun shines. It takes me back to happy days of the 70's filled with cookouts, afros and of course, Isley eight tracks. The CD itself is wonderful, but Summer Breeze made me a believer. It's one of my all-time favorites, right behind "Voyage to Atlantis." Get the CD now!"