Nov 14, 2015

RhoDeo 1545 Grooves

Hello, Allah has his mad followers running rampage again obviously the cowards (they're not that mad) went for defenseless people randomly killing in the street and restaurant visitors, the biggest carnage was at a rock concert, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing, 112 dead currently, likely mostly young people. The French can be glad that the 2 suicide bombers were too late at the stadium where a friendly match between France and Germany was played, had they arrived half an hour earlier they would have stood between thousands about to enter, clearly the state they were in, didn't allow them to wait till the match had ended, so the went into a local pub and blew themselves up, killing 30. As far as i am concerned a small tactical nuke on Raqaa is in order. Better would be to prohibit Islam ! Close every mosquee and arrest and jail anyone rioting before dumping that lot in Libya. You might think that is harsh, but i'm afraid that's the only way to get thru to these idiots, and the French navy is capable enough to sink every boat trying to flee from Libyan Shores. Obviously the politically correct bleeding hearts won't have any of that, but don't think they feel in any way responsible for the mess that is unfolding before our eyes, and they don't have any solutions either. In fact the above solution of prohiting Islam is by far the best solution even if this ends the religious freedom most European countries have. As a bonus it would end the refugee crises in Europe too. Go back to the deserts to worship your insane 'god' and his insane priests. Those that call themselves Christian seem to have forgotten how he was fighting priests all his life, having understood very well that priests are prone to become servants to themselves not God or even the people. Time for a change, end all organized religion...

Today's artists has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music". Their last post here .  ... N'joy

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First formed in the early '50s, the Isley Brothers enjoyed one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music -- over the course of nearly a half century of performing, the group's distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings but also massive cultural shifts which heralded their music's transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. The first generation of Isley siblings was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, where they were encouraged to begin a singing career by their father, himself a professional vocalist, and their mother, a church pianist who provided musical accompaniment at their early performances. Initially a gospel quartet, the group was comprised of Ronald, Rudolph, O'Kelly, and Vernon Isley; after Vernon's 1955 death in a bicycling accident, tenor Ronald was tapped as the remaining trio's lead vocalist. In 1957, the brothers went to New York City to record a string of failed doo wop singles; while performing a spirited reading of the song "Lonely Teardrops" in Washington, D.C., two years later, they interjected the line "You know you make me want to shout," which inspired frenzied audience feedback. An RCA executive in the audience saw the concert, and when he signed the Isleys soon after, he instructed that their first single be constructed around their crowd-pleasing catch phrase; while the call-and-response classic "Shout" failed to reach the pop Top 40 on its initial release, it eventually became a frequently covered classic.

 Still, success eluded the Isleys, and only after they left RCA in 1962 did they again have another hit, this time with their seminal cover of the Top Notes' "Twist and Shout." Like so many of the brothers' early R&B records, "Twist and Shout" earned greater commercial success when later rendered by a white group -- in this case, the Beatles; other acts who notched hits by closely following the Isleys' blueprint were the Yardbirds ("Respectable," also covered by the Outsiders), the Human Beinz ("Nobody but Me"), and Lulu ("Shout"). During a 1964 tour, they recruited a young guitarist named Jimmy James to play in their backing band; James -- who later shot to fame under his given name, Jimi Hendrix -- made his first recordings with the Isleys, including the single "Testify," issued on the brothers' own T-Neck label. They signed to the Motown subsidiary Tamla in 1965, where they joined forces with the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team. Their first single, the shimmering "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," was their finest moment yet, and barely missed the pop Top Ten.

 "This Old Heart of Mine" was their only hit on Motown, however, and when the song hit number three in Britain in 1967, the Isleys relocated to England in order to sustain their flagging career; after years of writing their own material, they felt straitjacketed by the Motown assembly-line production formula, and by the time they returned stateside in 1969, they had exited Tamla to resuscitate the T-Neck label. Their next release, the muscular and funky "It's Your Thing," hit number two on the U.S. charts in 1969, and became their most successful record. That year, the Isleys also welcomed a number of new members as younger brothers Ernie and Marvin, brother-in-law Chris Jasper, and family friend Everett Collins became the trio's new backing unit. Spearheaded by Ernie's hard-edged guitar leads, the group began incorporating more and more rock material into its repertoire as the 1970s dawned, and scored hits with covers of Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," Eric Burdon and War's "Spill the Wine," and Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."

In 1973, the Isleys scored a massive hit with their rock-funk fusion cover of their own earlier single "Who's That Lady," retitled "That Lady, Pt. 1"; the album 3 + 3 also proved highly successful, as did 1975's The Heat Is On, which spawned the smash "Fight the Power, Pt. 1." As the decade wore on, the group again altered its sound to fit into the booming disco market; while their success on pop radio ran dry, they frequently topped the R&B charts with singles like 1977's "The Pride," 1978's "Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 1," 1979's "I Wanna Be With You, Pt. 1," and 1980's "Don't Say Goodnight." While the Isleys' popularity continued into the 1980s, Ernie and Marvin, along with Chris Jasper, defected in 1984 to form their own group, Isley Jasper Isley; a year later, they topped the R&B charts with "Caravan of Love." On March 31, 1986, O'Kelly died of a heart attack; Rudolph soon left to join the ministry, but the group reunited in 1990.

Although the individual members continued with solo work and side projects, and also experienced misfortune along the way, the Isley Brothers forged on in one form or another throughout the '90s and into the 21st century. In 1996, now consisting of Ronald, Marvin, and Ernie, they released the album Mission to Please; however, Marvin developed diabetes and left the band the following year -- the disease later necessitated the amputation of both his legs. Ronald and Ernie hooked up for the release of 2001's Eternal, a brand-new selection of R&B cuts featuring collaborative efforts with Jill Scott, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Raphael Saadiq. On that particular release, Ronald also introduced the alter ego Mr. Biggs. Body Kiss was released in 2003, followed by Baby Makin' Music in 2006, the year after Ronald was convicted of tax evasion charges. Experiencing his own set of serious health issues, Ronald was sentenced to prison and served the latter portion of his sentence at a halfway house in St. Louis, MO before being released in April 2010. On June 6 of that year, Marvin died of complications from diabetes at the age of 56.

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The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup only lasted about ten years, which isn't that long when you consider that the group was formed in 1954 (19 years before the 3 + 3 lineup was unveiled) and was still touring in the late '90s. By 1980, you were hearing more and more complaints about how formulaic the 3 + 3 lineup had become, but when Showdown came out in 1978, the lineup hadn't lost any of its freshness. Showdown, in fact, is generally excellent. The Isleys bring a great deal of passion to funk/rock scorchers like "Rockin' With Fire," "Love Fever," and the number one hit "Take Me to the Next Phase," and they are equally appealing on the smooth, caressing slow jam "Groove With You" (another major hit). Meanwhile, the slow-burning "Ain't Givin' Up No Love" is one of the most bluesy things that the 3 + 3 sextet recorded. 1977's Go for Your Guns, the album that preceded Showdown, was an incredibly tough act to follow. But even if Showdown isn't quite in a class with that treasure, it comes impressively close.

The Isley Brothers - Showdown  (flac 451mb)

01 Showdown (Part 1 & 2) 5:25
02 Groove With You 4:52
03 Ain't Givin' Up No Love 4:43
04 Rockin' With Fire (Part 1 & 2) 5:58
05 Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1&2) 5:11
06 Coolin' Me Out (Part 1 & 2) 6:04
07 Fun And Games 4:37
08 Love Fever (Part 1 & 2) 5:00
09 Showdown, Pt. 1 (Single Version) 4:24
10 Groove with You, Pt. 1 (Single Version) 4:05
11 Take Me to the Next Phase, Pt. 1 (Single Version) 4:17
12 Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts. 1 & 2 (Alternate Performance) 5:23
13 Showdown (Rehearsal) 6:02

The Isley Brothers - Showdown  (ogg 156mb)

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Winner Takes All was originally released as a two-album set, which reflected how popular the Isley Brothers were during this period of time. It features some rather lengthy but entertaining pieces. Ronald Isley's silky tenor remains untarnished throughout the album. "I Wanna Be with You" made its claim on the Billboard R&B charts, peaking at number one. "Winner Takes All" and "It's a Disco Night" followed in that order and only managed to reach numbers 38 and 27, respectively. Decent songs they are, but not as explosive as some of the Isley Brothers previously released up-tempo numbers. And as danceable as they, they come closer to good-listening songs. However, there are three solid ballads: "Let's Fall in Love," "How Lucky I Am" and "You're the Key to My Heart." Not one ever made a chart appearance, but all three remain popular to radio.

The Isley Brothers - Winner Takes All  (flac 590mb)

01 I Wanna Be With You - Part. 1&2 6:20
02 Liquid Love - Part. 1&2 5:16
03 Winner Takes All 4:16
04 Life In The City - Part. 1&2 7:55
05 It's A Disco Night - Rock Don't Stop - Part. 1&2 5:15
06 Can't You See What You Do To Me ? 4:12
07 Let's Fall In Love - Part. 1&2 4:42
08 How Lucky I Am - Part. 1&2 5:42
09 You're The Key To My Heart 3:23
10 You're Beside Me - Part. 1&2 5:37
11 Let Me In Your Life - Part. 1&2 5:09
12 Love Comes And Goes - Part. 1&2 5:08
13 Go For What You Know 3:25
14 Mind Over Matter - Part. 1&2 6:03
15 I Wanna Be with You, Pts. 1 & 2 (Extended Version) 7:26
16 It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop), Pts. 1 & 2 (Disco Remix) 8:53
17 Rudy's Tune (How Lucky I Am) 5:43

The Isley Brothers - Winner Takes All  (ogg 221mb)

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Compared to their past material, Between the Sheets lacks a consistent mix of sultry ballads and funky dance numbers. There are really only two Isley Brothers' classics on this project: "Choosey Lover" and the title song "Between the Sheets." The former has a romantic flow and the latter is just shy of mid-tempo but not a bona fide ballad. (When one thinks of a quiet thundering storm, this song's bassline comes to mind; as soothing as it is, it also has that trembling effect.) It fell short of number one, peaking at three on the Billboard R&B charts. It was becoming obvious that the group's continuity was fading -- not so much from dissension within the group, but more so from dwindling interest in the music industry among group members (it was the group's last album as 3 + 3). Marvin and Ernie Isley and their brother in-law Chris Jasper would release an album the following year as Isley Jasper Isley

The Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets  (flac 467mb)

01 Choosey Lover 4:41
02 Touch Me 5:10
03 I Need Your Body 4:39
04 Between The Sheets 5:39
05 Let's Make Love Tonight 4:48
06 Ballad For The Fallen Soldier 5:18
07 Slow Down Children 4:21
08 Way Out Love 4:11
09 Gettin' Over 3:44
10 Rock You Good 3:35
11 Between The Sheets (Instrumental Version) 4:56
12 Choosey Lover (Instrumental Version) 4:42
13 I Need Your Body (Instrumental Version) 4:36
14 Let's Make Love Tonight (Instrumental Version) 4:46
15 Between The Sheets (Single Version) 4:54

 The Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets (ogg 169mb)

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Anonymous said...

With respect, prohibition of Islam will only work to ignite an already highly volatile realm of being. I beg to differ – it is most definitely not the answer.

Ending all religion is not an option..

People have to sincerely WANT change and then TO BE that change if the human race is to survive beyond this primitive stage of being!

Perhaps, primarily, strictly secular education would go a long way in beginning to resolve the reasons that people cling so willingly – even to the point of self-delusion – to outdated concepts that promote bias and divisions amongst the sexes, peoples and nations....

Anonymous said...

your rant is beneath contempt. I shall not be visiting again. msj

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I agree with you Rho.--Bill

Anonymous said...

Me too @ Bill