3 + 3

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Not to be confused with 3 in Three, 3@Three, 3/3, or P5+1.
3 + 3
Studio album by The Isley Brothers
Released August 7, 1973
Recorded The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, 1973
Genre Funk, soul, rock
Length 38:55
Label T-Neck/Epic Records
Producer Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley
The Isley Brothers chronology
Isleys' Greatest Hits
(1973)
3 + 3
(1973)
Live It Up
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B+) [2]

3 + 3 is the eleventh album released by The Isley Brothers for the Epic label under their T-Neck imprint in August 1973. Their first album for the label after several years in Buddah Records, it was also the first time the family group, which had consisted of founding members O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley, officially included six members instead of the standard three. Following the recording and release of Brother, Brother, Brother the previous year, this was the first album to officially include younger brothers Ernie and Marvin and in-law Chris Jasper, even though all three had played on the previous several albums. The success of the album is contributed to their first Top 10 pop record since "It's Your Thing", with their own cover of the self-penned "Who's That Lady", now re-titled "That Lady, Pt. 1 & 2". Other hit singles included the top five R&B single, "What It Comes Down To", and their cover of Seals & Crofts' folk hit, "Summer Breeze", which was also a top ten R&B single. The album became their first platinum album.

The Isley Brothers recorded 3 + 3 in the Record Plant at the same time as Stevie Wonder was recording Innervisions. In fact they walked in on him recording "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing". Both Chris Jasper of the Isley Brothers and Stevie Wonder were users of the Arp synthesizer and both worked with visionary engineers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil.

In addition to a stereo record release, this album was mixed in quadraphonic and released in 1974 on SQ record: T-NECK PZQ - 32453. It was also released on Super Audio CD on December 4, 2001.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Isley Brothers, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "That Lady"   5:35
2. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" (James Taylor) 4:00
3. "If You Were There"   3:22
4. "You Walk Your Way"   3:08
5. "Listen to the Music" (Tom Johnston) 4:07
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "What It Comes Down To"   3:54
7. "Sunshine (Go Away Today)" (Jonathan Edwards) 4:23
8. "Summer Breeze" (Jim Seals, Dash Crofts) 6:12
9. "The Highways of My Life"   4:17

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1973 US Billboard Black Albums 2
US Billboard Pop Albums 8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Position
US Billboard Black Singles Chart US Billboard Pop Singles Chart
1973 "That Lady (Part 1)" 2 6
"What It Comes Down To" 5 55
1974 "Summer Breeze (Part 1)" 10 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "3 + 3 - The Isley Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 1973). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved March 2, 2013.