- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
This trio of brothers from Cincinnati has had one of the most successful Pop and Soul careers in the past forty years. This disc contains the group's first album that was originally released by RCA in 1959 - featuring their classic, "Shout".
Record Collector (magazine) - p.924 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t's these early recordings that capture them raw, frenzied, and unfettered."
- 1.When The Saints Go Marching In
- 2.St. Louis Blues
- 3.Yes Indeed
- 4.How Deep Is The Ocean
- 5.Ring-A-Ling-A-Ling (Let The Wedding Bells Ring)
- 6.Rock Around The Clock
- 7.Turn To Me
- 8.He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
- 9.That Lucky Old Sun
- 11.Without A Song
- 12.Shout (Parts I & II) - (Full Uncut Version)
Though SHOUT! was the first album of the Isley Brothers' multi-decade career, their signature raw-edged soul is fully formed here and comes on like gangbusters. Combining elements of gospel, R&B, and rock & roll, the Isleys visit traditional songs ("When the Saints Go Marching In"), torchy ballads ("Turn to Me"), hymns ("He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"), doo wop ("Without a Song"), and popular tunes of the time (their version of "Rock Around the Clock" blows Bill Haley's out of the water).
SHOUT! fairly bursts at the seams with energy; the rhythm section chugs like a freight train, electric guitars sting (the fiery solo on "Yes Indeed" stands against any Sun Studio recording), and the Isleys' screams, yelps, and call-and-response sections balance impeccably precise singing. The apex of the album, of course, is the title track, which lays down four minutes and 25 seconds of pure R&B bliss. From its insistent tambourine to the slinky half-time change-up, to its famed "a little bit softer now/a little bit louder now" instructions, "Shout" is, like the album, a celebration of life.