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3 + 3

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3 + 3 album cover
That Lady
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
That Lady
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 42:33

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Dan Epstein has written about music, pop culture and baseball for over 30 years, because that's the stuff he loves most. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone,...more »

Soul that holds a mirror to the turbulent times that birthed it
2003 | Label: Epic/Legacy

Though it’s rarely mentioned in the same breath as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly, Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain, Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On, or anything Stevie Wonder waxed in the first half of the decade, the Isley Brothers’ 3 + 3 deserves to be included in any discussion of great soul and funk albums of the 1970s.

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3+3=Staight Up Classic!


The Isleys were already tight with just Ronald, Ruodolph, and O'Kelly, but they did the smartest thing by including Marvin,Ernie,and Chris Jasper. For years the momentum was building up to this point(Brother, Brother, Brother in perticular), but 3+3 just knocked everything out the box. There were no rules here. They covered everthing from soul, funk, rock,even covers(Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight and Summer Breeze for sure!!!).The Isley Brothers becoming an self contained band was the best thing that ever happened to them, because it made their catalog richer. For the next 10 years they would create some of the best albums in history, but it stared here!!!!

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Summer Breeze


I remember when I first heard The Isley Brothers' cover of Summer Breeze. I bought the album and played the track over and over and...

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The Isley Brothers


These guys have always had the smooth in soul music. Thanks to Emusic for making them available to those of us who grew up with this great music.

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This is one of those staples of that era!


The first of many that put the Isley Brothers at the head of the class.

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Classic Soul


Luckly I have the origanal Album - because I can't download this in Australia. If you can download it immediately as it's brilliant. Great singing, great tunes and great music.

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Six Degrees of The Isley Brothers’ 3 + 3

By Dan Epstein, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Recorded in 1973, 3 + 3 was a major turning point for the Isley Brothers. With this album, the Isleys moved their T-Neck label from Buddah to Epic/CBS (which became Epic/Sony in the early ’90s), and it was at Epic that they unveiled their new lineup. Lead singer Ronald Isley and his siblings O’Kelly and Rudolph remained, but the Isleys became a sextet instead of a trio when cousin Chris Jasper and younger brothers Ernie and Marvin were added. This new lineup was called 3 + 3, and the addition of Jasper on keyboards, Ernie on guitar, and Marvin on bass added exciting new elements to the Isleys’ sound. One of finest R&B bassists of the 1970s, the ever-so-funky Marvin is in a class with heavyweights like Larry Graham and Louis Johnson — and Ernie is a stunning guitarist who is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix but has a distinctive style of his own. The Isleys had always been lovers of rock, but with the addition of Ernie, their sound became even more overtly rock influenced. Nonetheless, the rock and pop elements didn’t alienate R&B audiences, which ate this album up. The single “That Lady” (which is based on an Impressions-like gem they had recorded in 1964) was a major hit, and the Isleys are equally captivating on soul interpretations of Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” and the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.” With this superb album, the Isley Brothers sounded better than ever — and they gained a lot of new fans without sacrificing the old ones. [The 2003 reissue of 3 + 3 boasts remastered sound, new liner notes by David Ritz that draw from new interviews with Marvin and Jasper, and the inclusion of one bonus track: a previously unreleased live version of "That Lady" recorded in 1980.] – Alex Henderson

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