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Happy ("Lay Lady Lay" from the Isley Brothers on) Valentine's Day!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 14, 2011 10:20am | Post a Comment
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Continuing from my two previous posts, here is a romantic ten and a half minute slice of Isley Brothers Valentine's Day realness, by way of Bob Dylan, circa their 1971 album Givin' It Back. If this don't turn the motor in your love machine over, well, I'd say it's time to check out what's going on under ya hood.
xoxo

"Lay Lady Lay" - The Isley Brothers

Tigerskin - What's In My Bag?

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 28, 2010 11:43am | Post a Comment
Our friend Alex Krueger, aka Tigerskin, aka Dub Taylor, was here in LA for a recent gig and stopped by Amoeba; here's what he picked up...

SHOUT!

Posted by Whitmore, July 29, 2009 09:59pm | Post a Comment

50 years ago today, one of the most ass kicking songs ever laid down on wax, the classic, seminal “Shout” was recorded by the Isley Brothers for RCA Records. Written by the brothers themselves, the lead vocals were handled by Ronald Isley with brothers O’Kelly and Rudolph singing back up. Even though the song never reached any higher than #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and never did much on the R&B charts, “Shout” eventually became their first gold single simply on the basis of its lingering popularity. In 1999 “Shout” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
 
The Isleys originally sang gospel, but by 1957 they had switched to doo-wop, left Cincinnati, and moved to New York City where they first recorded for Teenage Records. In 1959, RCA signed the group after catching them as an opening act for R&B legend Jackie Wilson.
 
“Shout” was their second release for the RCA; their first, “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” failed to chart. Initially “Shout” didn’t make much of a dent on the national stage, but after being covered by other artists, like a 15 year old Lulu, and the king of the Peppermint Twist -- Joey Dee and the Starlighters -- the song found an audience. RCA re-released the Isley’s original version in 1961 but once again the single didn’t catch on, peaking at #92. With that failure, the Isleys were released from their RCA contract. No problem, they would chart dozens of singles for the next 5 decades for labels like Wand, Tamla, T-Neck and Warner Brothers.
 
As for “Shout,” it has been recorded by a wide range of artists like Johnny O'Keefe (his version reached #3 on Australian charts in November 1959), The Shangri-Las, The Beatles, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Alvin and the Chipmunks (Simon sang lead), Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, and the Temptations used to do it live, as did The Who, Panic At The Disco and Green Day. Of course, the most famous version is by Otis Day and the Knights from the 1978 movie Animal House.

Hello It's Me

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 21, 2009 01:49am | Post a Comment
Todd Rundgren - "Hello It's Me"


Nazz - "Hello It's Me"


The Isley Brothers - "Hello It's Me"


Mark King Of Level 42 With Toots Thieleman - "Hello It's Me"


John Legend - "Hello It's Me"


Groove Theory - "Hello It's Me"


The Cast From That 70's Show - "Hello It's Me"

Take A Chance On Me

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 20, 2009 12:01am | Post a Comment
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Although I've priced out the LP many times, it wasn't until very recently that I realized how ridiculous Pablo Cruise's Part of the Game cover is. My favorite? Los Braveros del Norte wins this round, hands down...
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