Flashback Soul: The Isley Brothers Are Living “For the Love of You”

Sometimes, a song and singer are so perfectly paired that they flow together like one, smooth, cool mountain stream. You just want to wade into it and stay there. 

In 1975, the Isley Brothers released “For the Love of You (Pts. 1 and 2)” as the second single off of their landmark album, The Heat Is On, which was their first to reach #1 in sales. The track peaked at #10 on Billboard’s R&B chart and features an especially rich, nuanced and seemingly heartfelt lead vocal by Ron Isley. Legend has it that Isley’s original vocal was accidentally erased by a studio engineer, and that Isley was annoyed when forced to do another take. If so, he recovered quite nicely, and we owe that engineer for pushing Isley to another level!  Enjoy.

By Robb Patryk

Sometimes, a song and singer are so perfectly paired that they flow together like one, smooth, cool mountain stream. You just want to wade into it and stay there. 

In 1975, the Isley Brothers released “For the Love of You (Pts. 1 and 2)” as the second single off of their landmark album, The Heat Is On, which was their first to reach #1 in sales. The track peaked at #10 on Billboard’s R&B chart and features an especially rich, nuanced and seemingly heartfelt lead vocal by Ron Isley. Legend has it that Isley’s original vocal was accidentally erased by a studio engineer, and that Isley was annoyed when forced to do another take. If so, he recovered quite nicely, and we owe that engineer for pushing Isley to another level!  Enjoy.

By Robb Patryk

 

Listen to this track and all others in this series on the Flashback Soul playlist at Spotify:

 
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