Winner Takes All (album)

Winner Takes All is the seventeenth studio album by The Isley Brothers and released on T-Neck Records and their seventh record to be distributed by Epic Records on June 16, 1979. The album included the number-one R&B hit, "I Wanna Be With You" and the top 20 UK disco hit, "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)".

Winner Takes All
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 1979
StudioBearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
GenreSoul, funk, funk rock, disco, pop rock, smooth soul
LabelT-Neck Records
ProducerThe Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers chronology
Winner Takes All
Go All the Way

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


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Smash Hitsmixed [3]

The album continued the brothers' trademark of mixing uptempo funk numbers with softer soul balladry. However, their sound now included elements of disco. While some of their music had pioneered the genre, Winner Takes All was the first album to embrace disco rhythms.

The disco element helped songs such as "I Wanna Be With You" and "It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)" become hits. However, the band didn't release any ballads from the album, making it one of the few times since 1973 that they not released a ballad as a single. However, ballads like "You're Beside Me" and "How Lucky I Am" still received airplay on quiet storm radio formats.

The album was successful enough on both the pop and R&B album charts where it reached #14 and #3 respectively and eventually went gold after selling past 500,000 copies.

Track listingEdit

Unless otherwise noted, Information is based on Liner notes[4]

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

Side one
1."I Wanna Be with You (Parts 1 & 2)"6:20
2."Liquid Love (Parts 1 & 2)"5:17
3."Winner Takes All"4:18
Side two
4."Life in the City (Parts 1 & 2)"7:55
5."It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop) (Parts 1 & 2)"5:13
6."(Can't You See) What You Do to Me?"4:09
Side three
1."Let's Fall in Love (Parts 1 & 2)"4:39
2."How Lucky I Am (Parts 1 & 2)"5:38
3."You're the Key to My Heart"3:26
4."You're Beside Me (Parts 1 & 2)"5:32
Side four
5."Let Me into Your Life (Parts 1 & 2)"5:10
6."Love Comes and Goes (Parts 1 & 2)"5:07
7."Go for What You Know"3:24
8."Mind Over Matter (Parts 1 & 2)"6:00
2013 reissue bonus track
1."It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)" (12" Disco Version)8:44


  • George Carnell - assistant engineer
  • John Holbrook - recording engineer, synthesizer programming


Chart (1979) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[7] 14
Billboard Top Soul Albums[7] 3


Year Single Chart positions[8]
1979 "I Wanna Be With You" - 1
"It's A Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)" 90 27

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. The Isley Brothers: Winner Takes All > 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
  3. ^ White, Cliff. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 26 – August 8, 1979): 25.
  4. ^ The Isley Brothers. “Winner Takes All” (Album notes). T-Neck. 1979.
  5. ^ Disco, Soul, Gold. “Happy Birthday, Rudolph Isley”. Facebook. 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b The Isley Brothers. “Winner Takes All”. IsraBox. 3 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b "The Isley Brothers US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  8. ^ "The Isley Brothers US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03.