Masterpiece is the 23rd album released by The Isley Brothers on Warner Bros. Records on April 29, 1985. For the first time since 1973, the Isley Brothers were a trio composed of the original members O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald Isley. It was the last album with O'Kelly Isley; he died a year after the album's release from a heart attack. The fall of 1985 also saw the elder Isleys release Masterpiece. The album is dedicated to their late brother Vernon Isley and their parents Sally & O'Kelly Isley Sr. The album liner notes were written by Elaine Isley.
- The Isley Brothers
- Technical personnel & arrangements
- Produced by The Isley Brothers (Ronald, Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley)
- Arranger, conductor: Gene Page
- Concertmaster: Harry Bluestone
- Engineer: Michael Mancini
- Additional engineers: Bill Spungin, Russell Schmidt
- Assistant engineers: Dean Burt, Joe Travers
- Mixed by The Isley Brothers
- Mastered by Brian Gardner
- Art direction by Jeri McManus
- Photography by George Holz
- Design by Mary Ann Dibs
- ^ A Touch of Classic Soul 2: The Late 1970s Marc Taylor - 2001 - Page 173
They got off to a good start with "Colder Are My Nights" reaching number 12 on the R&B charts. The brothers followed with "May I?," a pleading love song that was mildly successful in the spring of 1986. However, any joy from the album was negated when Kelly Isley died of a heart attack on March 31, 1986 at age 48.
- ^ Elias, Jason. "The Isley Brothers - Masterpiece (1985) album review, credits & releases". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2014.