The Isley Brothers

This Top 10 Platinum smash, originally released in 1978 on The Isley Brothers' own T-Neck label, has remained criminally out of print on CD in the U.S. … until now! Boasting the #1 hit "Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1 & 2)" and "Groove With You," and classic, frequently sampled jams like "Coolin' Me Out" and the title track, Showdown was the perfect follow-up to The Isley Brothers' groundbreaking Go For You Guns album. The 3 + 3 lineup—combining the vocals of the 3 elder brothers (Ronald, Rudolph and Kelly) with the writing and producing skills of younger brothers Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper—was on fire at this point, producing hit after hit while innovating constantly. Perhaps their funkiest album, Showdown was built to rock the house, as Chris Jasper explains in his detailed, all new liner notes.

“If there was an overall theme or concept for the Showdown album, it was that I wanted each song to be a song that we could play on stage—that would go over well with an audience—not just a ballad that was really smooth,” Jasper writes. That aim was definitely achieved, as the livewire Showdown album unveils eight energetic slabs of Isley funk at its finest. Even the sole ballad, “Groove With You,” is strongly rhythmic.

Showdown has been digitally remastered from the first generation tapes by 3 time Grammy Award winner Joe Palmaccio, who previously oversaw the reissues of The Isley Brothers’ CDs 3 + 3, Live It Up, The Heat Is On and Harvest For The World on Legacy.

Track Listing:
1. Showdown (Part 1 & 2)
2. Groove With You
3. Ain’t Givin’ Up No Love
4. Rockin’ With Fire (Part 1 & 2)
5. Take Me To The Next Phase (Part 1 & 2)
6. Coolin’ Me Out (Part 1 & 2)
7. Fun And Games
8. Love Fever (Part 1 & 2)

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Showdown CD Booklet/Inserts:

The ethos of Iconoclassic Records is perfectly captured in the company's name. Iconoclassic Records reissues classic titles by iconic artists, many of whom have handled their careers in an uncompromising, iconoclastic manner.

A CD reissue label focused on rock, pop, and R&B music of the 1970s and '80s, Iconoclassic Records specializes in notable albums that have never been released on CD, as well as classic titles that have fallen out of print. [more]
Are the CDs remastered?
Yes, all Iconoclassic Records CDs are digitally remastered from the original master tapes by award winning engineers, such as Grammy® winner Vic Anesini, who remastered Laura Nyro's Nested and Season of Lights. Check out photos from the mastering session on the Nested album page.

Are the original album graphics included in the packaging?
Yes, Iconoclassic reproduces all the imagery and text from the original LP front and back covers and inner sleeves. In addition, we frequently add newly written liner notes and additional photographs from the appropriate time periods.  [more]