Live It Up (The Isley Brothers album)
|Live It Up|
|Studio album by The Isley Brothers|
|Released||September 7, 1974|
|Studio||The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Soul, funk, funk rock, rock, smooth soul|
|Producer||The Isley Brothers|
|The Isley Brothers chronology|
The album was remastered and expanded for inclusion in the 2015 released CD box set The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters, 1959–1983.
Like their previous recording, their breakthrough 1973 album, 3 + 3, the album was assisted by the team of Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff. The album also continued their growing trademark of mixing funky dance songs mixed with softer soul ballads, which set the precedent for their landmark 1975 release, The Heat Is On.
The album spawned hit singles such as the title track, which topped at number eight on the US R&B charts, while another single, "Midnight Sky", was also a top ten R&B success, while both songs received some modest play on the pop and rock stations. The album's ballads including their slower rendition of Todd Rundgren's hit, "Hello It's Me", which was their only cover on the album, became popular alongside the folk rock influenced ballad, "Brown Eyed Girl".
The album track, "Need a Little Taste of Love", was later covered by The Doobie Brothers, while their version of "Hello It's Me" was covered by neo soul duo Groove Theory and was partially interpolated in Whitney Houston's single, "One of Those Days". Another track, "Ain't I Been Good to You", would be sampled by UGK on the track "One Day". On the album charts, Live It Up peaked at number eight on the US pop albums chart and peaked at number-one on the R&B albums chart, instantly going gold selling half a million copies, making it their first number-one R&B album ever in their career.
All tracks written by Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper, except where noted.
|1.||"Live It Up (Part 1 & 2)"||6:14|
|2.||"Brown Eyed Girl"||4:14|
|3.||"Need a Little Taste of Love"||3:03|
|5.||"Midnight Sky (Part 1 & 2)"||6:56|
|6.||"Hello It's Me"||Todd Rundgren||5:32|
|7.||"Ain't I Been Good to You (Part 1 & 2)"||8:29|
|2004 reissue bonus track|
|8.||"Live It Up" (Live on the Dinah Shore Show, 1974)||3:29|
- Ronald Isley – lead vocals
- O'Kelly Isley, Jr. – background vocals, lead vocals on "Lover's Eve"
- Rudolph Isley – background vocals
- Ernie Isley – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion
- Marvin Isley – bass
- Chris Jasper – electric piano, clavinet, ARP synthesizers, T.O.N.T.O., acoustic piano
|US Billboard Pop Albums||14|
|US Billboard Top Soul Albums||1|
|1974||"Live It Up"||52||4|
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