The Isley Brothers – Go For Your Guns (1977/2011)

The Isley Brothers - Go For Your Guns (1977/2011)
Artist: The Isley Brothers
Album: Go For Your Guns
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Label: Big Break Records
Released: 1977/2011
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
The Pride (Parts 1 & 2) (5:34)
Footsteps in the Dark (Parts 1 & 2) (5:07)
Tell Me When You Need It Again (5:03)
Climbin’ Up the Ladder (Parts 1 & 2) (6:39)
Voyage to Atlantis (4:33)
Livin’ in the Life (4:13)
Go for Your Guns (2:16)
Voyage to Atlantis (Alternate Version] (6:34)
The Pride (Part 1) (Single Version) (3:25)
Voyage to Atlantis (Single Version) (3:54)


Every ten years the Isley Brothers reinvented themselves and managed to snatch as many consumer dollars and generate enough chart action to remain contemporary. Go for Your Guns was a further attempt by the Isleys to broaden their fan base; earlier in the decade they redid many rock standards to expand from the R&B base they were mired in. The Isleys shoot for the moon and never make it, but they always land among the stars. This seven-song set got played to death on urban radio. “Living in the Life” rocks so hard it makes cheap speakers pop; “Go for Your Guns” is an instrumental jam featuring the second generation Isley Brothers: Ernie, Marvin, and Chris Jasper (Rudolph Isley’s brother-in-law). The lovely, mystical “Voyage to Atlantis” is a staple of their live concerts, its opening strains acknowledged by deafening, enthusiastic applause. Like many Isley tunes, the loping, mid-tempo love tale “Footsteps in the Dark” has been sampled silly; “Pride” is a steady beater with uplifting words for the downtrodden. Nothing dull, no filler.
Review by Andrew Hamilton

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