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THE ISLEY BROTHERS

Recordings
In addition to the 2 original 45s alternate versions of the the recordings that Jimi did with The Isley Brothers were released in 1971 on the lp "In The Beginning". The lp is not an honest representation of these recordings, all tracks were re-mixed with the guitar as much to the fore as possible and some of the other instruments mixed out, which of course wasn't the way that these tracks originally were meant to be heard, and it includes 4 tracks that do not have Hendrix playing on them: "The Last Girl", "Looking For A Love", "Simon Says" & "Wild As A Tiger", see the "Fakes" -section.

Also, it's possible that the vocal takes with alternate lyrics were done in 1971, for one they are suspiciously different from the 45 versions, and the alternate lyrics (supposedly recorded in 1965) for "Have You Ever Been Disappointed" include the line "all the lonely people, where do we all come from". This sounds like a nod to "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles, recorded and released in 1966, so it's possible that vocals for this track and others with alternate lyrics were actually re-recorded after 1965. The lp is however well worth getting for the "Move Over And Let Me Dance" instrumental mix alone, this is a wonderful example of Hendrix playing rhythm.

For some of the instruments on the tracks released on the lp it's hard to say weather they were mixed low, or entirely out and what can be heard of them is only leakage from the other instrument tracks. I've just listed all of these as "mixed low".

Testify
Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranged by: ?
Recorded at: unknown studio, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: ?
Date: early 1964
Bass: unknown
Drums: unknown
Organ: unknown
Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Horns: unknown

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix split in two for the 45.
Available on: 7" The Isley Brothers: "Testify (part I) / (part II)" (T-Neck 45-501), Cd The Isley Brothers: "Volume 1: Rockin' Soul (1959 - 68)" (Rhino R2 70908)

Take 2
A different take with different lyrics released on the lp "In The Beginning". The track seems to fade out in the middle and come back in, perhaps done to simulate the break in the original version (Take 1), but it's actually two mixes of the same track back to back, not one complete song. First part until the fade-out in the middle of the lp version is listed here as Mix 1, this is a mix of the full length Take 2. The second part is a incomplete composite that begins at 3.02 into the lp track, listed as Mix 2.

Take 2 - Mix 1
Basically a mono mix, only the backing vocals are really in stereo and panned from left to right, all the instrumentation and lead vocals are in the middle.
Available on: Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)

Take 2 - Mix 2
After Mix 1 fades out, the band comes back in at 3.02 into the lp track. First column of the table below lists the parts of the track that were used from the complete track, second column lists the corresponding parts of mix 2 and the differences to mix 1. Timings are taken from the complete lp track.

Complete track
(mix 1)
mix 2
0.50 - 1.49 3.02 - 4.00 very short bit of guitar at the start mixed out on mix 1 is present here, vocals before the guitar solo mixed are out on this version.
2.43 - 2.57 4.00 - 4.13 last line of vocals fades out and has no echo added.

Available on: Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)

So neither mix of Take 2 is 100% complete, and both have the organ & horn parts mixed low. The last line of the vocals is drowned out in echo on mix 1, and cuts out on mix 2, so could be that the take was actually incomplete.

Move Over And Let Me Dance
Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranger: Teacho Wilshire
Conductor: Teacho Wilshire
Recorded at: Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: "A T-Neck Production"
Date: 5 August 1965
Bass: Al Lucas
Drums: James Brown and/or Bobby Gregg
Lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Rhythm guitar: Douglas McArthur and/or Carl Lynch
Tambourine: unknown
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Trumpet: Jimmy Nottingham, Eddie Williams
Trombone: Quentin Jackson, Dickie Harris
Tenor sax: Seldon Powell
Baritone sax: Haywood Henry

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix released on the original 45.
Available on: 7" The Isley Brothers: "Move Over And Let Me Dance / Have You Ever Been Disappointed" (Atlantic 45-2303 ), Cd The Isley Brothers: "Volume 1: Rockin' Soul (1959 - 68)" (Rhino R2 70908)

Take 2 - Mix 1
Horns mixed low, rhythm guitar, lead & backing vocals mixed out, in stereo.
This is the same backing track, but with lots of guitar parts by Hendrix that were mixed out on Take 1, with a different vocal take with different lyrics, and about 3 seconds longer at the end. This is cross-faded with the next track on the lp, "Have You Ever Been Disappointed".
Available on: Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)

Take 2 - Mix 2
Instrumental mix, this is the same as Take 2 - Mix 1 just now a instrumental mix without the vocals and a clean fade at the end.
Available on: Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)

Have You Ever Been Disappointed
Composers: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Arranger: Teacho Wilshire
Conductor: Teacho Wilshire
Recorded at: Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York
Engineer: ?
Producer: "A T-Neck Production"
Date: 5 August 1965
Bass: Al Lucas
Drums: James Brown and/or Bobby Gregg
Piano: Paul Griffin
Lead guitar: Jimi Hendrix
Rhythm guitar: Douglas McArthur and/or Carl Lynch
Tambourine: unknown
Vocals: Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley & O'Kelly Isley
Trumpet: Jimmy Nottingham, Eddie Williams
Trombone: Quentin Jackson, Dickie Harris
Tenor sax: Seldon Powell
Baritone sax: Haywood Henry

Take 1
This is the original single version, a mono mix released on the original 45.
Available on: 7" The Isley Brothers: "Move Over And Let Me Dance / Have You Ever Been Disappointed" (Atlantic 45-2303 )

Take 2
Different and much longer take with different lyrics, rhythm guitar mixed out, piano & horns mixed low, in stereo.
Available on: Lp The Isley Brothers: "In The Beginning" (T-Neck TNS-3007)