The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze [1973]

I dont usually do the weather gloat thing but seriously, its 75F (27c) outside and its the middle of bloody January in Los Angeles. Say what you will about this city, hell I beat down on it all the time but the fact its so damn warm out is intoxicating.

Hence – a simple, timeless classic from the Isley Brothers, despite it actually being a cover of Seal and Crofts soft rock original. The track needs almost no introduction, everybody I have ever known loves this song and with good reason. The Brothers are doing what they do best, silky smooth vocals and catchy hooks. The waaa-waaa pedal gets a huge work out courtesy of Marvin Isley complemented perfectly from the piano and bass. Absolute perfection.

From Discogs
Classic R&B Soul group established in the early 1950’s from Cincinnati, Ohio. O’Kelly Isley, Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and Vernon Isley (d. 1956 in automobile accident) comprised the orginal group. Put out the well known hit “Shout!” in 1959. 1963 started own label T-Neck and added Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar. 1965 signed on to Motown where they recorded “This Old Heart of Mine”. Left Motown in 1968 and re-started the T-Neck label in 1969. Recorded their famous track “It’s Your Thing”. In 1973 added younger brothers, Ernie and Marvin Isley as well as O’Kelly’s brother-in-law Chris Jasper. During this era from 1973 to 1983 the group put out the majority of their huge hits like “Between the Sheets”, “Choosey Lover”, “For the Love of You”, etc

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