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THE ISLEY BROTHERS

Recordings WITH JIMI HENDRIX
In addition to the 2 original 45s alternate versions of the recordings that Jimi did with The Isley Brothers were released in 1971 on the lp "In The Beginning". The lp does not present the songs as originally recorded, all tracks were re-mixed with the guitar as much to the fore as possible and some of the other instruments were mixed out. This of course wasn't the way that these tracks originally were meant to be heard, and the lp includes 4 tracks that do not have Hendrix playing on them: "The Last Girl", "Looking For A Love", "Simon Says" & "Wild As A Tiger", see the "Other 1964-1965 Recordings" -section.

Also, it's possible that the vocal takes with alternate lyrics were done in 1971.

The album is however well worth getting for the "Move Over And Let Me Dance" instrumental mix alone, this is a wonderful example of Hendrix playing rhythm.


THE SONGS
For some of the instruments on the tracks released on the lp it's hard to say weather they were mixed low, or entirely out and what can be heard of them is only leakage from the other instrument tracks. I've just listed all of these as "mixed low".


TESTIFY

Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranged by: ?
Recorded at: unknown studio, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: ?
Date: early 1964
Bass: unknown
Drums: unknown
Organ: unknown
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Horns: unknown

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix split in two for the 45.

Available on:
7" The Isley Brothers: "Testify (part I) / (part II)" (T-Neck 45-501)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "Volume 1: Rockin' Soul (1959 - 68)" (Rhino R2 70908)

Take 2
A different take with different lyrics released on the lp "In The Beginning". The track seems to fade out in the middle and come back in, perhaps done to simulate the break in the original version (Take 1), but it's actually two mixes of the same track back to back, not one complete song. First part until the fade-out in the middle of the lp version is listed here as Mix 1, this is a mix of the full length Take 2. The second part is a incomplete composite that begins at 3.02 into the lp track, listed as Mix 2.

Take 2 - Mix 1
Basically a mono mix, only the backing vocals are really in stereo and panned from left to right, all the instrumentation and lead vocals are in the middle.

Available on:
Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)" (Tneck / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 88875043972)
Download (aiff / alac / flac / wav 96/24 sample rate) The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning"

Take 2 - Mix 2
After Mix 1 fades out, the band comes back in at 3.02 into the lp track. First column of the table below lists the parts of the track that were used from the complete track, second column lists the corresponding parts of mix 2 and the differences to mix 1. Timings are taken from the complete lp track.

Complete track
(mix 1)
mix 2
0.50 - 1.49 3.02 - 4.00 very short bit of guitar at the start mixed out on mix 1 is present here, vocals before the guitar solo mixed are out on this version.
2.43 - 2.57 4.00 - 4.13 last line of vocals fades out and has no echo added.

Available on:
Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)" (Tneck / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 88875043972)
Download (aiff / alac / flac / wav 96/24 sample rate) The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning"

So neither mix of Take 2 is 100% complete, and both have the organ & horn parts mixed low. The last line of the vocals is drowned out in echo on mix 1, and cuts out on mix 2, so could be that the take was actually incomplete.

MOVE OVER AND LET ME DANCE
Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranger: Teacho Wilshire
Conductor: Teacho Wilshire
Recorded at: Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: "A T-Neck Production"
Date: 5 August 1965
Bass: Al Lucas
Drums: James Brown and/or Bobby Gregg
Lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Rhythm guitar: Douglas McArthur and/or Carl Lynch
Tambourine: unknown
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Trumpet: Jimmy Nottingham, Eddie Williams
Trombone: Quentin Jackson, Dickie Harris
Tenor sax: Seldon Powell
Baritone sax: Haywood Henry

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix released on the original 45.

Available on:
7" The Isley Brothers: "Move Over And Let Me Dance / Have You Ever Been Disappointed" (Atlantic 45-2303 ), Cd The Isley Brothers: "Volume 1: Rockin' Soul (1959 - 68)" (Rhino R2 70908)

Take 2 - Mix 1
Horns mixed low, rhythm guitar, lead & backing vocals mixed out, in stereo.
This is the same backing track, but with lots of guitar parts by Hendrix that were mixed out on Take 1, with a different vocal take with different lyrics, and about 3 seconds longer at the end. This is cross-faded with the next track on the lp, "Have You Ever Been Disappointed".

Available on:
Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)" (Tneck / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 88875043972)
Download (aiff / alac / flac / wav 96/24 sample rate) The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning"

Take 2 - Mix 2
Instrumental mix, this is the same as Take 2 - Mix 1 just now a instrumental mix without the vocals and a clean fade at the end.

Available on:
Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)" (Tneck / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 88875043972)
Download (aiff / alac / flac / wav 96/24 sample rate) The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning"


HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED

Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranger: Teacho Wilshire
Conductor: Teacho Wilshire
Recorded at: Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: "A T-Neck Production"
Date: 5 August 1965
Bass: Al Lucas
Drums: James Brown and/or Bobby Gregg
Piano: Paul Griffin
Lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Rhythm guitar: Douglas McArthur and/or Carl Lynch
Tambourine: unknown
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Trumpet: Jimmy Nottingham, Eddie Williams
Trombone: Quentin Jackson, Dickie Harris
Tenor sax: Seldon Powell
Baritone sax: Haywood Henry

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix released on the original 45.

Available on:
7" The Isley Brothers: "Move Over And Let Me Dance / Have You Ever Been Disappointed" (Atlantic 45-2303)

Take 2
A different and much longer take with different lyrics, rhythm guitar mixed out, piano & horns mixed low, in stereo.

The alternate lyrics on the lp version of the song are completely different to the original single version and include quotes from at least two well known songs.

First there is a reference to "Drown In My Own Tears", written by Henry Glover and recorded by many artists but probably most famously by Ray Charles. At 0.18 the Isley Brothers -lyrics include the lines:

"Into each life
some rain must fall
Sometimes I get that feeling
too much has fallen in mine"

While in "Drown In My Own Tears" Ray sings:

"I know it`s true
Mhh, into each life
Oh some rain,
rain must pour
Mhh, so blue
here without you
It keeps raining
more and more"

The flipside of the Ray Charles and his Band 45 "Drown In My Own Tears / Mary Ann" (Atlantic 45-1085, released in January / February 1956) later inspired a Hendrix song. Billy Cox mentioned "Mary Ann", (composed by Ray Charles), in the book "Ultimate Hendrix": 2
"'Power Of Soul' came together when Jimi heard me playing a riff from 'Mary Ann', an old song Ray Charles used to do," explains Cox. "I hadn`t meant anything by playing it. I was just goofing around. But that was all he needed to get started."

Secondly, the alternate "Have You Ever Been Disappointed" -lyrics also quote "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles, of course written by Lennon - McCartney and released in the USA on the single "Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby" (Capitol Records 5715) 8 August 1966. 3

The Beatles` single came out almost exactly a year after the Isley Brothers originally recorded "Have You Ever Been Disappointed". So it would have been impossible for the Isley Brothers to quote the Beatles song in 1965, which in turn suggests that the new lyrics and vocal were done after July 1966, very likely in 1971 when the lp was compiled.

The Isley Brothers at 1.11:

"All of the lonely people, ehh yeah
where do we all come from?"

And the Beatles:

"All the lonely people,
Where do they all come from?"

Available on:
Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)
Cd The Isley Brothers: "The Complete RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)" (Tneck / Epic / Legacy / Sony Music 88875043972)
Download (aiff / alac / flac / wav 96/24 sample rate) The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning"

 

SOURCES
1 The single featured as part of a full page ad of Atlantic releases in Billboard issue 4 February 1956

2 "Ultimate Hendrix" by John McDermott, Eddie Kramer and Billy Cox, page 160.

3 Cash Box 6 August 1966 -issue reported:
"Coinciding with the arrival of the Beatles in this country will be the domestic release, by Capitol, of their all-new album titled "Revolver." It will contain 11 Beatle penned tunes including their new single, "Yellow Submarine"/"Eleanor Rigby," due for release on Aug. 8."