Harvest for the World

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Harvest For The World
Isleys-harvest.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1976[1]
Recorded1975–1976
StudioThe Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreSoul, funk rock, smooth soul
Length37:54
LabelT-Neck Records
ProducerThe Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
The Heat Is On
(1975)
Harvest For The World
(1976)
Go for Your Guns
(1977)

Harvest for the World is the fourteenth album released by The Isley Brothers on their T-Neck imprint in May 1976.

The album was remastered and expanded for inclusion in the 2015 released CD box set The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters, 1959–1983.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]
Pitchfork9.0/10[4]

The album included the successful socially conscious title track and the top three R&B record, "Who Loves You Better?" While not released as singles, the ballads "(At Your Best) You Are Love" and "Let Me Down Easy" were also hits. The album sold over 500,000 copies in the first three weeks of release, making it one of the fastest-selling records ever (it passed the million sales mark in the early 2000s). It topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart; the Isleys third straight album to do so.

Track listing[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, Information is based on Liner notes[5]

All tracks written by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley and Ronald Isley.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Harvest for the World (Prelude)"2:11
2."Harvest for the World"3:51
3."People of Today"4:42
4."Who Loves You Better"5:31
Side two
No.TitleLength
5."(At Your Best) You Are Love"5:23
6."Let Me Down Easy"6:30
7."So You Wanna Stay Down"3:51
8."You Still Feel the Need"4:50

Personnel[edit]

Performance
Production
  • The Isley Brothers - producers
  • Malcolm Cecil - recording engineer (1-8), producer, music programming
  • John Holbrook - live recording engineer (9)

Later samples and covers[edit]

Later Samples
  • Paul Johnson sampled "Harvest for the World" for his song “4 the World”, from the 1995 album Bump Talkin’[10]
  • Mo Kolours also sampled "Harvest for the World" for his song “Harvest”, which first appeared on the 2015 album Texture Like Sun[11]
  • Tracey Lee sampled "Let Me Down Easy" on his song “On the Edge”, from the 1997 album Many Facez
  • Devin the Dude also reused "Let Me Down Easy" on the song “I Can’t Handle It”, from his 2010 album Suite 420
Cover Versions

The Christians famously covered "Harvest for the World" in 1988. The song reached #8 in the UK Singles chart[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[18] 9
Billboard Top Soul Albums[18] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[19]
US
Pop
US
R&B
US
Dance
1976 "Who Loves You Better" 47 3 2
"Harvest for the World" 63 9
"People of Today" 3

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ”Albums Recorded by The Isley Brothers”. The Isley Brothers. http://www.softshoe-slim.com/lists/i/isley.html#16
  2. ^ Lytle, Craig. The Isley Brothers: Harvest For The World > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 September 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: I". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (September 11, 2015). "The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  5. ^ The Isley Brothers. “Harvest for the World” (Album notes). T-Neck / Epic. 1976.
  6. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir. “All Music Guide to Soul...”. Hal Leonard Corporation. 2003. https://books.google.com/books?id=o552g5xRRiwC&pg=PA342&lpg=PA342&dq=isley+brothers+let+me+down+easy+lead+vocals+by+o’kelly&source=bl&ots=z8f1mZsotg&sig=Chdtqz83KvxcZ1tItqiwI6dfAmA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwje_vCmhp_YAhWiY98KHRSoAbsQ6AEIiAEwEg#v=onepage&q=isley%20brothers%20let%20me%20down%20easy%20lead%20vocals%20by%20o’kelly&f=false
  7. ^ Disco, Soul, Gold. “Happy Birthday, Rudolph Isley”. Facebook. 2 April 2015. https://m.facebook.com/DiscoSoulGold/posts/998121983534342
  8. ^ a b ”Harvest for the World”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 9 February 2017. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0OOvVN8TcA
  9. ^ a b ”(At Your Best) You Are Love”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 17 February 2017. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CSGMkGHty6o
  10. ^ Johnson, Paul. “Bump Talkin’” (Album notes). Peacefrog Records. 1995.
  11. ^ McDermott, Matt. “Mo Kolours announces Texture Like Sun LP”. Resident Advisor. 15 September 2015. https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=31342
  12. ^ Laws, Ronnie. “Deep Soul”. Par Records. 1992. https://www.allmusic.com/album/deep-soul-mw0000096056
  13. ^ Laws, Ronnie. “Portrait of The Isley Brothers’ Harvest...”. Blue Note. 24 March 1998. https://www.allmusic.com/album/portrait-of-the-isley-brothers-harvest-for-the-world-mw0000597443
  14. ^ “It’s a Sony”. Mike Francis Archives. Updated 7 March 2001. http://wohnort.org/francis/archive.html
  15. ^ Francis, Mark. “Misteria”. Spotify / Lungomare S.r.l. 1998. https://open.spotify.com/album/0qyH2J7H3rnLEP0cEhwB7Z
  16. ^ Kreps, Daniel. “Frank Ocean Shares Soulful Aaliyah Tribute...”. Rolling Stone. 17 January 2015. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/frank-ocean-shares-soulful-aaliyah-tribute-at-your-best-you-are-love-20150117
  17. ^ The Christians. “Harvest...FLAC”. YouTube: A-Music. 26 November 2016. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KYuN1sz3TFQ
  18. ^ a b "The Isley Brothers US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  19. ^ "The Isley Brothers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.