Includes a bonus track recorded live on THE DINAH SHORE SHOW, Los Angeles, California in 1974.
The Isley Brothers: Ronald Isley (vocals); Ernie Isley (acoustic & electric guitars, drums); Chris Jasper (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, Arp synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Marvin Isley (bass); Kelly Isley, Rudolph Isley (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Truman Thomas (organ); George Moreland (drums); Karl Potter (congas).
Producers: The Isley Brothers, Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff.
Principally recorded at Recorded Plant West, Los Angeles, California in 1974. Includes liner notes by Chris Jasper.
Personnel: Ernie Isley (acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, drums, tambourine); Chris Jasper (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, maracas); Truman Thomas (organ); George Moreland (drums, wood block); Karl Potter (congas).
Liner Note Author: Chris Jasper.
Recording information: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA (11/24/1974); Record Plant West, Los Angeles, CA (11/24/1974); The Dinah Shore Show, CBS Television City, Los Angeles, (11/24/1974).
Author: Chris Jasper.
Photographer: Don Hunstein.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Kelly Isley; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley.
Arranger: The Isley Brothers.
One of the many classic albums the Ohio natives recorded. This set features two up-tempo numbers: the title track "Live It Up" and "Midnight Sky." The former is a soulful funk track paced by a humpin' bassline, robust background vocals, and Ernie Isley's electrifying guitar solos. It checked in at number four on the Billboard R&B charts. The latter is a smoother dance number in which Ronald Isley's vocals go from a cool, calm delivery to a resolute clamor. It peaked at number eight. Both have lengthy vamps, ideal for parties. As for the romance, "Hello It's Me" and "Brown Eyed Girl" are two gems. "Hello It's Me" is the classic ballad. Ronald's melodic intro is mesmerizing as he finesses the lyric "hello," which sets the tone for this beautiful number. His artistic interpretation of the lyric is demonstrated without blemish. This song was formerly recorded by Todd Rundgren, who also wrote it. "Brown Eyed Girl" is a mid-tempo number that's seasoned with a folk-like guitar and the rich vocals of Ronald. Neither single was ever a release, but today both are radio regulars. ~ Craig Lytle