Most individuals are familiar with the long-time work of the Isley Brothers, but few individuals know that there was a splinter group created in the early eighties that tied together Ernie and Marvin Isley with Chris Jasper. What resulted is â€œBroadwayâ€™s Closer To Sunset Blvdâ€, an album that has gathered dust in the collective memory of R&B listeners for the last twenty-five years. This is the first of three albums that they released, and it spawned a single hit â€“ â€œLook The Other Wayâ€.
Iconoclassic has done a tremendous job in re-packaging and refreshing the album to its original luster, without removing any of the soul that made it such an attractive purchase all those years ago.
The disc starts off with â€œSex Driveâ€, which sets the stage for the rest of â€œBroadwayâ€. This is done by each constituent member crafting their own part, ultimately coming forth in a way that is significantly different than anything then heard out of the Isley Brothers lineup. â€œServe You Rightâ€ is a track that keeps things fresh, as it showcases the instrumental versatility of Chrisâ€™s keyboards and Marvinâ€™s bass. Where there is a cohesion enjoyed between the different tracks on â€œBroadwayâ€™s Closer To Sunset Blvdâ€, I really feel as if each member was able to experiment in a way that simply was not possible in the Isley Brothers (or even in R&B generally) at the time.
The disc continues to gain steam as each track spins to a close; â€œI Canâ€™t Get Over Youâ€ is the most immediately catchy, but there is a nod toward increasingly more intricate and impressive compositions during both the title track and the discâ€™s ultimate track, â€œKiss and Tellâ€. Iconoclassic Records have done R&B a favor with the re-release of this title, and I sincerely hope that 2010 showcases the ability of the label to provide a little insight into previously-forgotten records.
Top Tracks: Sex Drive, I Canâ€™t Get Over You
Isley Jasper Isley â€“ Broadwayâ€™s Closer To Sunset Blvd / 2009 Iconoclassic / 9 Tracks / http://www.iconoclassicrecords.com