Work to Do
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"Work to Do" is a 1972 funk song by The Isley Brothers, released on their T-Neck imprint. The song, written and produced by the group, was issued on their 1972 album, Brother, Brother, Brother, and charted at #51 pop and #11 R&B upon its initial charting. Lyrically, the song explicates a troubled situation between a man and his girlfriend/wife, concerning the lack of quality time spent with each other. The man pleads that as much as he cannot wait to get home and spend time with her, he has a more pressing obligation/commitment to attend to work.
Over the years, the song has got more success courtesy to various cover versions
- The Main Ingredient in 1973 (Afrodisiac)
- Average White Band in 1974 (AWB)
- R&B singer Zan (aka William Aquart) recorded a version for his self-titled album in 1989.
- Vanessa L. Williams, who recorded the track in 1991 (The Comfort Zone), and turned it into a Top 5 R&B hit in 1992.
- Mayer Hawthorne covered the song on his Impressions - The Covers EP in 2011.
- Emily King performed this song at Tin Angel in Philadelphia, PA in 2012.
- Ronald Isley: lead vocals
- O'Kelly Isley, Jr. and Rudolph Isley: background vocals
- Ernie Isley: guitars and percussion
- Marvin Isley: bass, percussion
- Chris Jasper: piano, keyboards
- George Moreland: drums
- Karl Potter: congas
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