Long unavailable on vinyl, this quintessential collector's edition includes The Isley
Brothers' famous and full-length second LP, Twist & Shout (1962). It was
originally released on Scepter Records' Wand subsidiary and taped by the
legendary producer/songwriter Bert Berns. The album's superlative title track
sparked the trio's success and became an all-time dance favorite, and a major
pop/R&B crossover hit that marked a crucial breakthrough for the legendary trio.
The influence of ''Twist & Shout'' extended across the Atlantic and caught the ear
of The Beatles, whose cover of the song also became a transatlantic smash.
In fact, The Fab Four ended many of their gigs with it (people say it was because
by the end of a concert, their voices would be coarse enough to emulate the
voices of The Isleys).
''Here the group sound as though they could do no wrong, no matter what
they tried. Spinning through gospel-drenched call-and-response tunes, and
twist-craze dance records... '' - Steve Huey
In addition to the outstanding title track, this album features a collection of tunes
in the same wild vein. The brothers' wailing vocals drive such infectious numbers
as ''I Say Love'', ''Right Now'', ''Hold on Baby'' and ''The Snake''. ''Don't You Feel''
is both soulful and fun, while the gentle ballad, ''Time After Time'', is
heartbreakingly beautiful, if not a bit out of place on an otherwise dance-crazy
record. In an attempt to achieve another hit, the song ''You Better Come Home''
is an almost note-for-note copy of the title track.
This release also contains 4 bonus tracks from the same period, which give
further proof of the group's early brilliance. These hard-to-find singles include
such great numbers as ''Twistin' with Linda'', ''I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door'',
the infectious ''Tell Me Who'', as well as ''Surf and Shout'' (the Isley Brothers'
summer version of their smash hit ''Twist & Shout''). All of these tracks are
excellent and contain some of the best dancin' R&B and rock & roll of the era.
A must-have LP for any music fan.
'''Twist & Shout' was a stone classic, and many of the other tunes do their
best to emulate its groove with Latin rhythms and The Isleys' frayed,
gospelish vocals.'' - Richie Unterberger
THE ISLEY BROTHERS:
Ronald Isley (lead vocals), O'Kelly Isley Jr. and Rudolph Isley (background vocals), plus:
King Curtis (tenor saxophone), Cornell Dupree or Eric Gale or Trade Martin (guitar),
Chuck Rainey (bass), Paul Griffin (piano and organ), Gary Chester (drums).
Arranged and conducted by Teacho Wiltshire. Produced by Bert Berns.
Recorded in New York, between 1961 and 1962.
Except: ''I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door'' and ''Tell Me Who'': Joe Richardson (guitar), Professor Herman
Stevens (organ) and Hugo Peretti and His Orchestra. Produced by Hugo Peretti & Luigi Creatore.
Recorded at RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, New York City, between 1958 and 1960.
1. TWIST AND SHOUT
2. I SAY LOVE
3. RIGHT NOW
4. HOLD ON BABY
5. RUBBER LEG TWIST
6. THE SNAKE
7. I'M GONNA KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR *
8. TELL ME WHO *
1. YOU BETTER COME HOME
2. NEVER LEAVE ME BABY
3. SPANISH TWIST
4. TIME AFTER TIME
5. LET'S TWIST AGAIN
6. DON'T YOU FEEL
7. SURF AND SHOUT *
8. TWISTIN' WITH LINDA *
* BONUS TRACKS