The Isley Brothers – The Motown Anthology (9/10)


With a career dating from the early 1950s and spanning the better part of fifty years, The Isleys are an R&B institution. Not a ‘Best Of’, this double CD collects almost everything the original three brothers recorded during their stint on Tamla Motown between 1965 and 1968.

Never particularly happy on the label, The Isleys recorded a series of classic Holland-Dozier-Holland tunes while there but only had one hit (This Old Heart of Mine). After leaving Motown they recruited a few young family members and discovered funk, but that’s a different story. With a wealth of B-sides, mono versions, and covers, there are plenty of up-tempo Northern Soul nuggets to be discovered here.