Q - 8/95, p.1434 Stars
- Excellent - "...there are a host of high quality, smoochily seductive grooves which are guaranteed to warm the cockles..."
The Isley Brothers: Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Rudolph Isley (vocals); Ernie Isley (guitar, drums, timbales, congas, percussion); Chris Jasper (piano, keyboards, congas, percussion); Marvin Isley (bass, percussion).
Additional personnel: Chester Woodard (guitar); Milton Westley (organ), George Moreland (drums, percussion); Karl Potter, Kevin Jones, Gary Jones (congas); Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff (programming).
Producer: The Isley Brothers.
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks.
Recorded between 1971 and 1985. Includes liner notes by John Sinclair.
This is part of the Legacy Rhythm And Soul series.
Personnel: Ernie Isley (vocals, guitar, drums, congas, timbales, percussion); Chris Jasper (vocals, piano, keyboards, congas, percussion); Marvin Isley (vocals, percussion); O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley (vocals); Milton Westley (organ); Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff (synthesizer, programming); George Moreland (drums, percussion); Karl Potter, Gary Jones, Kevin Jones (congas).
Liner Note Author: John Sinclair.
Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY (1973-1985); Conway Studios, LA, CA (1973-1985); E.A.R.S., East Orange, NJ (1973-1985); Record Pla (1973-1985); Record Plant, LA, CA (1973-1985).
Director: Adam Block .
Unknown Contributor Role: Adam Block .
Arrangers: Chris Jasper; Ernie Isley; George Patterson; Marvin Isley; The Isley Brothers.
Across the long span of their career, the Isley Brothers have shown themselves as adept at stirring romantic balladry as they are at generating funky grooves. FROM THE HEART proves the claim that the Isleys are masters of "baby-making music" by selecting 14 ballads and love songs from their catalog. Classic Isley slow jams like "Caravan of Love" and "Let's Fall in Love (Parts 1 & 2)" nest alongside soulful covers like Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay." The ideal soundtrack for a night of wine, candlelight, and silk sheets, FROM THE HEART is a sexy dose of classic soul.