The Isley Brothers album 3+3 may have been the group’s 11th, but it marked a turning point for the family band. And now, the record is getting some vinyl love with a reissue on 180-gram translucent blue vinyl via Friday Music.
The title refers to bassist Marvin Isley, guitarist Ernie Isley, and keyboardist Chris Jasper officially joining the group established by Marvin and Ernie’s older brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O’Kelly Isley Jr., although they had appeared on other Isley recordings.
The 1973 album shows off the amazing, funky style of the late, great Marvin (he passed away in 2010) and revealed a band willing to put its own stamp on not only R&B and soul, but rock, too. The originals are stellar, including “That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2” and the covers, inspired.
The Isleys’ version of Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” as performed on “Soul Train” is a treat:
The combination of players and songs worked brilliantly, and 3+3 became the Isleys’ first platinum album.
The vinyl reissue of 3+3 is out now.
3+3 Track List:
- That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2
- Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
- If You Were There
- You Walk Your Way
- Listen to the Music
- What It Comes Down To
- Sunshine (Go Away Today)
- Summer Breeze
- The Highways of My Life