ARTIST: The Isley Brothers
YEAR RELEASED: 1959
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Shout (Part One) (#47 US), Respectable, How Deep Is the Ocean
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They covered a lot of standards on this.
LINEUP: Ronald Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Shout was a hit. RCA wanted an album. Here’s what they got.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I almost didn’t review it, especially since I had to put the album together via a playlist. However, all of the RCA masters for the Isley Brothers are in one collection (18 tracks) so it was easy to put it in the right order.
This kind of album is why I don’t want to review very many 50’s and early 60’s albums. The performances by the Isley’s are good to great for the most part, but the material is more like “What do you know, and who are the publishers that I owe favors to?” The album has When the Saints Go Marching In (as the lead cut)!
It’s good for what it is, but it isn’t going in my collection except for the obvious song.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: As you can see, Shout didn’t chart well and didn’t even make the R&B chart, but it still sold a million copies – slowly but surely!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No but if you like this stuff the RCA Masters are available.
GRADE: C+: Shout ups the grade, otherwise it’s a good vocal group doing standards. If you like this kind of stuff (doo-wop and early R&B) go for it.