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Isley Jasper Isley

Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd.

Remastered CD with Bonus Track | ICON 1012

  • Originally released 1984
  • First time on CD!
  • Debut album by Isley Brothers spin-off group
  • Features the hits "Look the Other Way" and "Kiss and Tell"
  • All original packaging plus additional in-depth essay by A. Scott Galloway
  • Digitally remastered from the original master tapes
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Track Listing

  • 1. Sex Drive
  • 2. Serve You Right
  • 3. I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You
  • 4. Kiss and Tell
  • 5. Love Is Gonna Last Forever
  • 6. Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd.
  • 7. Look the Other Way
  • 8. Break This Chain

Bonus Tracks

  • 9. Kiss and Tell (Long Version)

Lineup

  • Ernie Isley – drums, electric and acoustic 12 string guitars, timbales and percussion, timbale solo on “Break This Chain” guitar solos on “Serve You Right” “Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd.” “Break This Chain” and “Kiss and Tell (Long Version).” Lead vocals on “Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd.” “Look the Other Way” and “Sex Drive” background vocals on all songs.
  • Chris Jasper – Yamaha electric grand, synthesizers
  • all other keyboards and percussion. Liberation solos on “Love Is Gonna Last Forever” and “Break This Chain.” (rap) “Sex Drive” and “Serve You Right.” Lead vocals on “Serve You Right” “I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You” “Love Is Gonna Last Forever” “Break This Chain” and “Sex Drive” background vocals on all songs.
  • Marvin Isley – electric bass, Roland bass synthesizer and percussion. Lead vocals on “Sex Drive” and “Kiss and Tell”, background vocals on all songs, Sandy Barber and Audrey Wheeler – female background vocals on “Sex Drive” and “I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You”
  • Kevin Jones – congas on “I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You” and “Break This Chain.” (conga solo on “Break This Chain”)

Isley Jasper Isley’s first of three albums, Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd. marked the departure of three members of the Isley Brothers in 1984 to embark upon a journey of liberation, identification and exploration. Bookended by 1983’s #1 Between the Sheets (with The Isley Brothers) and 1985’s chart-topping Caravan of Love (their second release as the breakout trio, Isley Jasper Isley), Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Blvd., cut over three inspired weeks in the summer of 1984, finds Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley at the peak of their artistic prowess.

The richly varied Broadway’s Closer To Sunset Blvd., the younger trio’s first release under their Isley Jasper Isley moniker, consolidates their strengths while taking off in exciting new directions. Chris Jasper proves himself a master of heavy-breathing R&B (“Serve You Right”) and sensual soul balladry (“I Can’t Get Over Losin’ You,” “Love Is Gonna Last Forever”). Ernie Isley’s rock roots are on display on the hard driving, guitar-powered title track, while his cool energy courses through “Look the Other Way,” a top 15 R&B hit. Marvin Isley’s bass, vocal and writing contributions tie it all together on danceable group collaborations “Break This Chain,” “Sex Drive” and “Kiss and Tell” (the latter included in both its original version and as a bonus 12” remix). All sound fresher than ever thanks to the brilliant remastering by Grammy®-winning engineer Vic Anesini.

Within a year of Broadway’s… release, Isley Jasper Isley would be atop the charts—and ahead of the elder Isleys—with their inspirational #1 hit “Caravan of Love” (from the 1985 album of the same title). But Isley Jasper Isley’s brilliant debut LP, lacking the built-in hook of the Isley Brothers name, has been slept on for far too long. It took fans a while to realize that Isley Jasper Isley were the prime movers behind the Isleys’ most beloved hits. 35 years after its original release, now is the perfect time to (re)discover one of the most inspired projects ever to bear the Isley stamp.