1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

694. 3+3 – The Isley Brothers

The original album is tracks 1-9

Brief Background: 3+3 was recorded at the Record Plant in L.A. in 1973, it was released in August of the same year. The album title refers to the official expansion of the group from the three original brothers to include two younger brothers and a brother-in-law.

What I think: I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this album. I’ve never really liked “That Lady” and thought the rest of the record would follow. There’s nothing wrong with the song, there’s just something that doesn’t click with me (It is actually a reworked version of their own song “Who’s That Lady”, which was released in 1964). The rest of the album is stellar though. The music is amazing and I wasn’t surprised to find out they recorded it at the same time Stevie Wonder was doing Innervisions. The real highlight though is the vocals with each of the songs having a great driving pop hook in them. The covers of “Listen to the Music” and “Summer Breeze”, among others, could be cheesy filler, but they really make them their own, I ecspecially enjoy the former.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Certainly, this is one of those albums this project is about, I never would have listened to it on my own.

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

3 + 3 Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (238/308)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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