The Isley Brothers Shake It Up, Baby!
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- by Bo Diddley ~ The Definitive Collection ~ $7.38
- Released: March 21, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Varese Fontana
Q - 6/00, p.1263 stars out of 5 - "...'Twist & Shout' and 'Shout (Parts 1&2)' are of inverse greatness here....'Shout' is so primal that daughters are still being locked up 40 years later....More than adequate evidence of life before 'That Lady'."
- 1.Shout, Pts. 1-2
- 2.Nobody But Me
- 3.The Snake
- 4.Twist and Shout
- 5.You Better Come Home
- 6.Twistin' With Linda
- 7.Right Now
- 8.Don't You Feel
- 9.Rubberleg Twist
- 10.Time After Time
- 11.Never Leave Me Baby
- 13.I Say Love
- 14.Make It Easy on Yourself
- 15.Hold on Baby
- 16.I'm Laughing to Keep from Crying
Producers: Bert Berns, Hugo & Luigi.
Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Bill Dahl, Marty Wekser.
Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered by Jim Phillips (MCA Music Media, North Hollywood, California).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: 1990.
If you've been collecting Isley Brothers compilations over the years, you might not be enthused at the prospect of getting "Shout," "Twist and Shout," "Nobody But Me," "Respectable," and "Twistin' with Linda" for the second or third time. Indeed, 12 of these 16 cuts show up on Sundazed's reissue of the Twist & Shout album. That consideration aside, this is a good compilation of their early years, spanning the late '50s to the early '60s, and focusing mostly on the sides they cut for Wand. In fact, it's all from Wand, except for the key early RCA sides "Shout" and "Respectable"; there's nothing from their UA or T-Neck sessions. Overall, this collection represents the Isleys at their most untamed and gospel-R&B-informed, though it's definitely rock & roll, with a pop appeal added by New York production and outside songwriters like Bert Berns. As for the sides you might not have yet on CD if you're an Isley Brothers fan, the two to look out for are their nice cover of "Make It Easy on Yourself" (which wasn't released until it showed up on an Ace import in 1990) and the upbeat, so-so 1964 single "I'm Laughing to Keep From Crying." ~ Richie Unterberger
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