Masterpiece (The Isley Brothers album)

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Isley Brothers album Masterpiece.jpg
Studio album by The Isley Brothers
Released April 29, 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Rhythm and blues/soul
Length 47:49
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
(1984)Greatest Hits, Vol. 11984
Smooth Sailin'
(1987)Smooth Sailin'1987

Masterpiece is the 23rd album released by The Isley Brothers on Warner Bros. Records on April 29, 1985. For the first time since 1973, the Isley Brothers were a trio composed of the original members O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald Isley. It was the last album with O'Kelly Isley; he died a year after the album's release from a heart attack.The fall of 1985 also saw the elder Isleys release Masterpiece.[1] The album is dedicated to their late brother Vernon Isley and their parents Sally & O'Kelly Isley Sr. The album liner notes were written by Elaine Isley.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The album charted at #140 in the US Billboard 200 while only charting at #19 on the R&B album chart. "Colder Are My Nights" peaked at #12 on the R&B charts, while "May I?" charted at #42 in 1986.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "May I?" Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Elaine Jasper Isley 5:07
2. "My Best Was Good Enough" Skip Scarborough 4:20
3. "If Leaving Me Is Easy" Phil Collins 6:30
4. "You Never Know When You're Gonna Fall in Love" Rex Salas, Monty Seward 4:19
5. "Stay Gold" Stevie Wonder, Carmine Coppola 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Colder Are My Nights" David Williams, Pat Leonard 6:00
7. "Come to Me" Robert Brookins, Tony Haynes 4:53
8. "Release Your Love" David Ritz, Kelly McNulty 5:32
9. "The Most Beautiful Girl" Billy Sherrill, Rory Bourke, Norris Wilson 6:57


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  1. ^ A Touch of Classic Soul 2: The Late 1970s Marc Taylor - 2001 - Page 173 They got off to a good start with "Colder Are My Nights" reaching number 12 on the R&B charts. The brothers followed with "May I?," a pleading love song that was mildly successful in the spring of 1986. However, any joy from the album was negated when Kelly Isley died of a heart attack on March 31, 1986 at age 48.
  2. ^ Elias, Jason. "The Isley Brothers – Masterpiece". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2014.