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The Isley Brothers3 + 3

Label:T-Neck – KZ 32453
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Pitman Pressing, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock, Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk

Tracklist

A1That Lady
BassMarvin Isley
CongasRocky (4)
DrumsGeorge Moreland
Electric GuitarErnie Isley
OrganTruman Thomas
PianoChris Jasper
Written-ByThe Isleys*
5:35
A2Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
BassMarvin Isley
DrumsGeorge Moreland
Guitar [6-String], Acoustic GuitarErnie Isley
Piano, Electric GuitarChris Jasper
Written-ByJ. Taylor*
4:00
A3If You Were There
BassMarvin Isley
DrumsGeorge Moreland
Electric GuitarErnie Isley
OrganTruman Thomas
Piano, Clavinet, Electric PianoChris Jasper
Written-ByThe Isleys*
3:22
A4You Walk Your Way
BassMarvin Isley
Electric GuitarErnie Isley
OrganTruman Thomas
Piano, Electric PianoChris Jasper
Written-ByThe Isleys*
3:08
A5Listen To The Music
Acoustic Guitar [6-String], Electric GuitarErnie Isley
BassMarvin Isley
DrumsGeorge Moreland
Electric Piano, ClavinetChris Jasper
OrganTruman Thomas
Written-ByT. Johnston*
4:07
B1What It Comes Down To
BassMarvin Isley
Clavinet, Electric Piano, PianoChris Jasper
Drums, Tom TomGeorge Moreland
Electric Guitar, Maracas, Tom TomErnie Isley
OrganTruman Thomas
Written-ByThe Isleys*
3:54
B2Sunshine (Go Away Today)
BassMarvin Isley
DrumsGeorge Moreland
Electric GuitarErnie Isley
Synthesizer [Moog], Clavinet, Electric PianoChris Jasper
Written-ByJ. Edwards*
4:23
B3Summer Breeze
Acoustic Guitar [6-String], Electric PianoErnie Isley
BassMarvin Isley
Synthesizer [Moog], Piano, Electric PianoChris Jasper
Written-BySeals & Crofts
6:12
B4The Highways Of My Life
BassMarvin Isley
Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Moog]Chris Jasper
Twelve-String Guitar [12-String Acoustic Guitar]Ernie Isley
Written-ByThe Isleys*
4:17
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Notes

Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman pressing denoted by "P" stamp in runouts (may be faint).
Original full-price release with "KZ" catalog number prefix.

Cover mistakenly credits Chris Jasper as playing "clarinet", it should have been "clavinet".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society (A1, A3, A4, B1, B2, B4): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (A2, A5, B3): BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): AL 32453
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): BL 32453
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): o P ~ P AL-32453-1A MBG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): P o P BL-32453-1B MBG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): P P AL-32453-1A MBG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): P BL-32453
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): o P P AL-32453-1B MBG
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): P P BL-32453-1A MBG

Other Versions (5 of 65)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
3 + 3 Featuring: That Lady (LP, Album, Yellow Labels, Gatefold)Epic, EpicEPC 65740, S EPC 65740UK1973
Recently Edited
3 + 3 (LP, Album, Stereo)T-Neck, ColumbiaKZ 32453Canada1973
Needs Changes
3 + 3 (8-Track Cartridge, Album)T-NeckZA 32453US1973
Recently Edited
3 + 3 (LP, Album, Gatefold)CBS, CBS, CBSSBP 234410, SBP-234410, KZ 32453Australia1973
New Submission
3 + 3 Featuring: That Lady (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EpicEPC 65740Europe1973

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  • isaacmusicman's avatar
    isaacmusicman
    Edited 2 days ago
    Album Revolution #4:

    "The Isley Brothers" were already TIGHT with just "Ronald", "Rudolph", and "O'Kelly", but they did the smartest thing by including "Marvin", "Ernie", and "Chris Jasper" to the group.....

    For years the momentum was building up to this point ("Brother, Brother, Brother" in particular), and the "Brothers" were ready to TEAR THINGS UP!!!! No longer with "Buddah" and now with "Columbia Records", "3+3" just KNOCKED everything out the BOX!!!!

    There were NO rules here!!!! They covered EVERYTHING from "Soul, "Funk", "Rock", even "Covers"....

    The album kicks off with the BLAZIN' "That Lady"...

    I didn't know it then, but I found out that this was a remake of their song "Who's That Lady"...That one was a Moody Lounge type song...This one is a straight out the gate, conquering joint!!!! And to cap it off, "Ernie" was just TEARING the track and RIPPING it to SHREDS with his Guitar!!! I read once that after he did that, "O'Kelly" STARED at him for 15 minutes straight without blinking, as in total disbelief!!!!! I FEEL HIM!!!!

    That was just the first song...

    Their version of "James Taylor's", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight", is a "Slow Jam" dream!!! "Chris" helped "Ronald" to really get the essence of the song with his re-arrangement of the Melody......It also has a 6 String Guitar drop courtesy of "Ernie"....Priceless!!!!

    "If You Were There" is a Bouncy Organ themed jam that just makes you bob your head and sing along!!!! I actually first heard it through a group named "Ace Spectrum", and I really liked it....But once I found out it was really "The Isley's" song, and I heard it, I threw "Ace Spectrum's" version out the window!!!!

    "You Walk Your Way" was another Organ themed song, this one was a slow break up song...Again, Priceless!!!!

    Their version of "The Doobie Brothers" "Listen To The Music", kind of mirrors what they were doing on "Givin' It Back"...It's honestly not all that, but it wasn't that bad either...

    Whew!!! finished with the first side, now the second side...

    "What It Comes Down To" has "The Isley's" just playing around with a "Soulful" track...

    Their version of "Jonathan Edwards" "Sunshine (Go Away Today)", sounds like they were just having a "ROCKIN'" good time, with "Ernie" doing His thing....

    Their cover of "Seals & Crofts" Folk HIT, "Summer Breeze", is just ABSOLUTELY SPECIAL..."Chris" with the Keyboards, "Ronald" KILLING the Vocals, and once again "Ernie" SHEDDING the Guitar!!!!!!

    Now, the last song and the Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Crown Jewel, "The Highways Of My Life" is straight "Chris Jasper", STRAIGHT UP!!!!! The beginning Piano vibe is SOOOOO FANTASTIC, it is like at times, you just don't believe what you are hearing!!!!!!

    I am truly focusing on "Chris Jasper" A LOT, because after finding out that he is mostly responsible for the "3 + 3" sound (so to speak), it is about time that he gets his props...And it doesn't hurt that he started to use the "ARP Synthesizer", engineered by "Robert Margouleff" and "Malcolm Cecil" (who also worked with "Stevie Wonder"...had to mention it because people keep educating me to mention it)....Now don't get me wrong, "Ernie" and "Marvin" had a LOT to do with the new direction the group was going as well...

    If you noticed, I really didn't name too many Crown Jewels, because honestly, this album is "One Big Ultimate Crown Jewel (and the BEST album they ever made!!!!!!!)!!!!!!!

    In a whole, "The Isley Brothers" becoming a Self Contained Band was the BEST thing that ever happened to them, because it made their catalog richer......For the next 10 years they would create some of the BEST albums in history, but it started here!!!!
    • mikeSF_'s avatar
      mikeSF_
      Edited 2 years ago
      Had these guys stopped at the end of the 60's, they would've had a great run as a '60's R&B, early rock and roll band, with huge hits having the words "shout" and "twist", lol. Lucky for us, they pivoted into soul & funk in the 70's with a heavier sound, some Hendrix-esque fuzz guitar and Moog leads, and a few more Isley Brothers to fill out the lineup.

      This is a very enjoyable album of originals and some very re-imagined covers of pop radio songs of the time. The writing is top notch and the arrangements are engaging.

      Nice mix and decent enough pressing. Worth listening again and again.
      4 stars. Recommended.
      • choochyman's avatar
        choochyman
        This is really a great record! Played it 3 times in a row. Never really listened to the Isleys growing up boy was I missing out. What a great band. The guitar riffs are great on this LP. The guitar in That Lady is great! Never realized Ernie was such a great guitar player! Underrated in my opinion.

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