I love The Isley Brothers – but this isn’t really them; this is what’s left of them, parading about in 2005 offering a Greatest Hits set – with filler – that is for the most part uninspired and frequently underwhelming.
It had me heading straight back to this album for the real magic.
I guess the best thing that can be praised about this DVD is its cheap price-tag.
The 90 minute running time felt like two and a half hours, but I still wanted to like this – there was still some charm attached to the versions of That Lady and Summer Breeze and such; enough charm to send you back to the original versions of course. Because the vocals now are awful, the band is a glorified Karaoke machine and having been to far too many shows so similar to this – versions of The Drifters and The Platters and The Supremes (and on and on)it’s just not something you would ever wish on anyone else.
So, once again, I took the pain. So that you don’t have to. That’s how this works, right?