Mos Def, ?uest Love, Others Remix Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers will delve a bit deeper into

Hip-Hop music and have enlisted some of the stars of the genre to help produce

a remix album of 10 of their classic songs.

Mos Def,, Ahmir "?uest Love"

Thompson, De La Soul Raphael Saadiq and others contribute to the disc, titled

The Isley Brothers – Taken To The Next Phase (Reconstructions).

The album pays homage to the Isley’s appeal to

several generations of music lovers Such classic songs as "Harvest for

the World," "Summer Breeze," "That Lady (Part 1 & 2)"

and seven other popular songs get the remix treatment.

The Isley Brothers started their magnificent

career in 1956, when they released "The Angels Cried" b/w "The

Cow Jumped Over The Moon," on Teenage Records, owned by another doo-wop

singer, Bill Gordon.

The group recorded a string of lukewarm singles

for various labels owned by legendary figure George Goldner, until 1961’s massive

hit "Shout," which was recorded for RCA.

The Isley’s would step into pop music history

when they recorded "Twist and Shout," which has been covered by numerous

acts, including The Beatles.

As entrepreneurs, they launched their T-Neck record

label in 1964 and recorded "Testify Part 1 & 2" that featured

a young, yet-to-be famous Jimi Hendrix on guitar.

After a switch to Berry Gordy’s Tamla Record

label, they enjoyed several massive hits that are still played today, including

"I Guess I’ll Always Love You" and "This Old Heart Of Mine."

In 1999, the brothers inked a deal with The Pullman

Group and sold future royalty earnings for an eight figure check, while still

retaining ownership of their music.

Ronald Isley re-introduced himself to a new audience,

via his collaborations with R. Kelly where he took the moniker "Mr. Biggs."

The Isley Brothers – Taken To The Next Phase

(Reconstructions) hits stores next month.

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