Winner Takes All (album)

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Winner Takes All
Studio album by The Isley Brothers
Released June 16, 1979
Recorded 1979
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
Genre Soul, funk, funk rock, disco, pop rock, smooth soul, quiet storm
Length 72:28
Label T-Neck Records
Producer The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
Winner Takes All
Go All the Way

Winner Takes All is the seventeenth album by The Isley Brothers and released on T-Neck Records and their seventh record to be distributed by Epic Records on June 16, 1979. The album included the number-one R&B hit, "I Wanna Be With You" and the top 20 UK disco hit, "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)".

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


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]
Smash Hits mixed [3]

The album continued the brothers' trademark of mixing uptempo funk numbers with softer soul balladry. However, their sound now included elements of disco. While some of their music had pioneered the genre, Winner Takes All was the first album to embrace disco rhythms.

The disco element helped songs such as "I Wanna Be With You" and "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)" become hits. However, the band didn't release any ballads from the album, making it one of the few times since 1973 that they not released a ballad as a single. However, ballads like "You're Beside Me" and "How Lucky I Am" still received airplay on quiet storm radio formats.

The album was successful enough on both the pop and R&B album charts where it reached #14 and #3 respectively and eventually went gold after selling past 500,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Be with You (Parts 1 & 2)" 6:20
2. "Liquid Love (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:17
3. "Winner Takes All" 4:18
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Life in the City (Parts 1 & 2)" 7:55
5. "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop) (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:13
6. "(Can't You See) What You Do to Me?" 4:09
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Let's Fall in Love (Parts 1 & 2)" 4:39
2. "How Lucky I Am (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:38
3. "You're the Key to My Heart" 3:26
4. "You're Beside Me (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:32
Side four
No. Title Length
5. "Let Me into Your Life (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:10
6. "Love Comes and Goes (Parts 1 & 2)" 5:07
7. "Go for What You Know" 3:24
8. "Mind Over Matter (Parts 1 & 2)" 6:00



Chart (1979) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 14
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 3


Year Single Chart positions[5]
1979 "I Wanna Be With You" - 1
"It's A Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)" 90 27

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. The Isley Brothers: Winner Takes All > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ White, Cliff. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 26 – August 8 1979): 25. 
  4. ^ a b "The Isley Brothers US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  5. ^ "The Isley Brothers US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03.