Isley Brothers - Givin' It Back

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Sealed, Out Of Print 1999 180gm Reissue. “The Opening Cut, "Ohio/Machine Gun," Is A Slap-In-Your-Face Reminder Of Just How Angry The Times And The People Were. When The Isley Brothers (Whose Appeal Among Black Audiences Was Unimpeachable) Opened Givin' It Back With A Conflation Of Neil Young's "Ohio" And Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun," They Were Speaking To Anger And Bloodshed In The Streets And They Were Also Performing An Act Of Outreach That Was About As Radical As Any They Could Have Committed On Record In 1971. That They Incorporated A Prayer Into Their Reformulation Of The Two Songs, Amid Ernie Isley's And Chester Woodard's Guitar Pyrotechnics, Turned It Into One Of The Most Powerful And Personal Musical Statements Of Its Era. Givin' It Back Is Filled With Virtues Of That Kind, However; It Was The First Isley Brothers Album To Rely Entirely On Outside Material, But The Group's Reworkings Of Songs By James Taylor ("Fire And Rain") And Stephen Stills ("Love The One You're With") Show No Lack Of Originality. They're Unafraid To Take The Song Apart And Rebuild It From The Ground Up, Smoothing Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" Into A Sensual Soul Ballad, Turning The James Taylor Number Into A Sweaty, Earnest Shouter, And Transforming War's "Spill The Wine" Into An Extended Workout For Voices, Electric Guitars (Several Layers Deep), Flute, And Percussion. Givin' It Back Is Often Held At Arm's Length By Soul Listeners, Who Don't Regard It As Central To What The Isley Brothers Or Their Music Are About; On The Contrary, The Group Is So Successful At Remaking All Of The Songs Here Their Own In Style And Approach And Sending Careful Messages (Alas, Largely Lost With The Passage Of Time) In Their Selection As Well As Their Content, That It Really Represents A Lot Of What The Isley Brothers And Soul Music Were About In 1971, And It's Still Great Listening.” Bruce Eder, AMG.

Artist: Isley Brothers Title: Givin' It Back Genre: Soul Type: New - LP Label: T-Neck Catalog ID: TNS 3008 Country: USA Our ID: 146752
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