Mission to Please

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Mission to Please
Isley Brothers album Mission to please.jpg
Studio album by The Isley Brothers
Released May 14, 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre Urban adult contemporary
Length 45:57
Label T-Neck Records, Island Records
Producer Ronald Isley, Angela Winbush, R. Kelly, Keith Sweat
The Isley Brothers chronology
Live!
(1993)
Mission to Please
(1996)
Eternal
(2001)

Mission to Please is the 27th album by The Isley Brothers, released on May 14, 1996, on Island Records. It was a return to commercial glory for the group in the years following their platinum-certified album Between the Sheets (1983). Mission to Please also went platinum based on the strength of the charted singles "Let's Lay Together," a new duet with R. Kelly after the success of "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" (1995); the Babyface-composed ballad "Tears"; "Floatin' on Your Love," featuring Angela Winbush (Ronald Isley and she were married from 1993 to 2002); and the mid-'90s quiet-storm radio staple "Mission to Please You." Some of the album's success was due to Ronald Isley cultivating a new image as the character of "Mr. Biggs" in a series of R. Kelly videos, starting with "Down Low," helping to introduce the music of the Isley Brothers to a new generation of R&B fans. Mission to Please is the last Isley Brothers album to feature youngest brother Marvin Isley, who left the group in 1997 because of complications from diabetes; he died on June 6, 2010. Mission to Please also helped relaunch the Isley Brothers' label, T-Neck Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Floatin' On Your Love" (Featuring Angela Winbush) (Reggie Griffin, Ronald Isley, Angela Winbush) – 4:09
  2. "Whenever You're Ready" (Griffin, Isley, Winbush) – 4:50
  3. "Let's Lay Together" (R. Kelly) – 4:32
  4. "Tears" (Babyface) – 4:45
  5. "Can I Have a Kiss (For Old Time's Sake)?" (Kelly, Winbush) – 4:46
  6. "Mission to Please You" (Isley, Kelly, Winbush) – 4:27
  7. "Holding Back the Years" (Mick Hucknall, Neil Moss) – 5:30
  8. "Make Your Body Sing" (Griffin, Isley, Winbush) – 4:06
  9. "Let's Get Intimate" (Ernie Isley, R. Isley, Winbush) – 5:57
  10. "Slow Is the Way" (Emanuel Officer, Keith Sweat) – 4:55

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