The Isleys have had success in many genres since their beginnings in the 1950s, arguably hitting their peak and writing some of their tightest music in the '70s. From "Who's That Lady" to "It's Your Thing," they've produced numerous hits that are still blaring on radios (and commercials) across the land. Centered for most of their career on the vocal talents of Ronald, Rudolph and Vernon, in their 3 + 3 era the Isleys benefited from the addition of a couple more brothers to the backing band: bassist Marvin and fiery guitar player Ernie (plus a brother-in-law on keyboards). Some of their best work can be found on the album Brother, Brother, Brother, but the seminal "Footsteps in the Dark" is not to be missed either. Among other accomplishments, they toured with a young guitarist named Jimmy James (later known as Jimi Hendrix -- his work can be heard on the single "Testify"). From Doo-Wop songs to Soul tracks, Funk grooves to Disco beats, the Isley Brothers have always remembered how to inject a memorable melody into every number they record.
Isley Brothers Concert Films
Summer Breeze: Greatest Hits Live
Runtime: 60 minOver the course of nearly a half-century of performing, the Isley Brothers have gone from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk. Now, for the first time ever, all the magic that is the Isley Bros. is captured in stunning High Definition! Spearheaded by Ron Isleys smooth vocals and Ernie Isley's hard-edged guitar leads, the Brothers burn up the stage, cruising through such standards like "It's Your Thing", "Who's That Lady", "Twist and Shout" and of course the classic "Shout". Also included are candid interviews with both Ron and Ernie, describing the long history of the band and its success, stories behind the songwriting, and other insights into a band that has long influenced audiences and musicians alike.
Isley Brothers Top Tracks
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIsaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.
The Lost Tapes
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minIn 1979, James Brown made a memorable comeback performance featuring an unbelievable 20 minute version of 'Sex Machine'. This performance is available after years of being 'lost'.
Behind The Legend
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minMarvin Gaye is one of the legends of Black American music. Behind The Legend is a musical biography of Marvin Gaye with a special focus on the later period of his life. It has contributions from Gayes immediate family and from musicians and producers who worked with him. Also included is rare family archive footage of his exile periods in Belgium and Hawaii as well as intimate coverage of his bouts of drug abuse and his triumphant return to Los Angeles. The program features cuts from Whats Going On, Distant Lover, Come Get To This, Inner City Blues, How Sweet It Is, Sexual Healing and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.As a bonus feature there are live performances of Lets Get It On, a Whats Going On Medley and a Duets Medley.There is an insatiable appetite for Marvin Gaye material and this programme will be a welcome addition to any fans collections.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 59 minFor more than forty years the temptations have been wooing audiences around the globe and selling millions of records in the process
A collection of 16 classic songs by the soul band that has been going strong for over forty years. Includes hits such as 'My Girl', 'The Way You Do The Things You Do' and 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone'.
Live At Wembley
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minLuther Vandross' superb live performances have met with both critical and public acclaim. This stunning concert was recorded during Luther's record-breaking ten S.R.O. shows at London's Wembley Arena, during his 1988-89 world tour.