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Showdown (Isley Brothers album)

Showdown is an April 1978 album by the Isley Brothers. It was released on their T-Neck Records label. Singles released from the album include the #1 funk/disco hit, "Take Me to the Next Phase" and the top 20 R&B slower, "Groove With You". The album became another platinum album for the Isleys. It was remastered and expanded for inclusion in the 2015 released CD box set The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters, 1959-1983.

Showdown
Isley brothers Showdown album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 1978
Recorded1978
StudioBearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
GenreSoul, funk
Length41:50
LabelT-Neck Records
ProducerThe Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
Go for Your Guns
(1977)
Showdown
(1978)
Timeless
(1978)

ReleaseEdit

Showdown was released 22 April 1978 on the Isley Brother's own T-Neck Records label. It was their sixteenth album release.

It was remastered and expanded for inclusion in the 2015 released CD box set The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters, 1959-1983.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Spawning the #1 funk/disco hit, "Take Me to the Next Phase" and the top 20 R&B slower, "Groove With You", the album became another platinum album for the Isleys. Though not released as a single, the smooth funk jam "Coolin' Me Out" was also a hit.

Track listingEdit

Unless otherwise noted, Information is based on Liner notes[3]

All tracks are written by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley and Ronald Isley.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Showdown (Part 1 & 2)"5:25
2."Groove with You"4:52
3."Ain't Givin' Up No Love"4:42
4."Rockin' with Fire (Part 1 & 2)"5:57
Side two
No.TitleLength
5."Take Me to the Next Phase (Part 1 & 2)"5:10
6."Coolin' Me Out (Part 1 & 2)"6:03
7."Fun and Games"4:41
8."Love Fever (Part 1 & 2)"5:00
Note
  • While ”Take Me to the Next Phase” sounds like a live stadium recording, it is actually a studio recording with audience overdubs. Additional crowd noises are provided by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper.[4]

PersonnelEdit

  • Ronald Isley - lead vocals, background vocals
  • O'Kelly Isley, Jr. - background vocals
  • Rudolph Isley - background vocals
  • Chris Jasper - percussion (5),[5] foot stomps (5),[4] piano, keyboards, ARP synthesizers, clavinet, tambourine, background vocals
  • Marvin Isley - foot stomps (5),[4] bass, woodblock, cowbell, percussion, background vocals
  • Ernie Isley - congas, percussion (1, 3, 5, 7),[5][6][7][8] foot stomps (5),[4] guitar, drums, timbales, maracas, background vocals
  • John Holbrook - Recording Engineer
  • Thomas Mark - Recording Engineer

ChartsEdit

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[9] 4
Billboard Top Soul Albums[9] 1

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart positions[10]
US
R&B
1978 "Take Me to the Next Phase" 1
"Groove with You" 16

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. The Isley Brothers: Showdown > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 03 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: I". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ The Isley Brothers. “Showdown” (Album notes). T-Neck. 1978.
  4. ^ a b c d The Isley Brothers. “Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts. 1-2”. Allmusic: Review by Ed Hogan. https://www.allmusic.com/song/take-me-to-the-next-phase-pts-1-2-mt0048480428
  5. ^ a b ”Take Me to the Next Phase, Pts. 1 & 2”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 18 February 2017. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XPKryuyQw1w
  6. ^ “Showdown, Pts. 1 & 2”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 22 August 2015. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6r48NXQ4h8c
  7. ^ “Ain’t Givin’ Up No Love”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 22 August 2015. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K0rVcuDGOOA
  8. ^ “Fun and Games”. YouTube: The Isley Brothers - Topic. 22 August 2015. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ptbl8W1ozhA
  9. ^ a b "The Isley Brothers US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  10. ^ "The Isley Brothers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03.