Tom Sinclair
March 29, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Isleys Live

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

Part lounge act, part acid-rock band, the early-’70s incarnation of the Isley Brothers was a fascinating anomaly. The album The Isleys Live, recorded mostly in 1973, melds the Isleys’ sweet ‘n’ funky vocal gymnastics with the wild guitar work of little brother Ernie, who learned his craft at the feet of onetime Isley sideman Jimi Hendrix. Key track: the fiery medley of Neil Young’s ”Ohio” and Hendrix’s ”Machine Gun.”

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