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Inside You / Real Deal Import, Original recording remastered

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2007 digitally remastered two-fer from the R&B legends featuring two albums appearing on CD for the first time. Inside You was originally released in 1981 followed a year later by the Real Deal.. BGO.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Inside You
  2. Baby Hold On
  3. Don't Hold Back Your Love
  4. First Love
  5. Love Merry-Go-Round
  6. Welcome Into My Heart
  7. Love Zone
  8. The Real Deal
  9. Are You With Me?
  10. Stone Cold Lover
  11. It's Alright With Me
  12. All In My Lover's Eyes
  13. I'll Do It All For You
  14. Under the Influence


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2007)
  • Remast ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BEAT GOES ON
  • ASIN: B000PUB234
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Louis C. Banks on June 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe this! Wow! I have been waiting on both of these albums to be released since 1993! I own both albums on vinyl and they're my 2 favorite Isley albums. Now these two albums never have been on cd domestically! So this is a first time. I've seen a copy of the Real Deal on eBay which looked like an import. But don't no if it was legit. Now I have been jamming these two albums since 1993. 1 song from each album has been released on cd. So this is going to be good. I can't wait because I already pre-ordered it. I own imported cd of Grand Slam, Go all the Way, Masterpiece, Showdown, Harvest for the World and Live it Up! A couple is now sold domestically but I am one of their biggest fans. Now these albums are two of their lowest selling albums but I think it was just the advertisement and the time it was released that didn't allow these albums to soar. But these are two underrated albums. I know all kinds of history on these guys. So place your order and get ready to jam! This is the Real Deal!
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Musically speaking the Isley's have been tremendous at pretty much everything one can do-musically,composing,singing and TONS of soul and spirit!As for the first album presented on this twofer 'Inside You' was something I owned on vinyl for many years,but since this is that recordings first CD appearence I now have the chance to review it.The title track of that 1981 album is very much in keeping with those of the previous few albums,although taken up a tempo or three.Then comes the very impressive "Baby Hold On",which sounds nothing so much as the Isley's version of the Doobie Brother's sound (it would've actually been a GREAT inclusion on the Doobie's One Step Closer album-also worth checking out)."Don't Hold Your Love" and "Welcome To My Heart",with it's occasional Charles Stepney-isms are no surprise to those accustomed to the Isley's long sexy ballads but there are enough newer production changes to keep the sound fresh as a daisy.The album ends with one of the Isley's best rockers in "Love Zone",one of the few times when they combine Chris Jasper's bass synths with Ernie's guitar theatrics for one of the strongest,toughest funk-rockers of the day.Obviously after this recording the Isley's realized their sound was growing somewhat predictable (and they were right in a way) and decided to change the musical tide a bit.So on 1982's 'The Real Deal',the title cut says it all-it's still funky but as one reviewer stated The Gap Band and Rick James "punk-funk" style is kept more in mind but it's still the Isleys.And luckily they keep the style and tempo up for "Are You With Me?" and the spicy "Stone Cold Lover",all superb songs.Read more ›
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By chazz on April 8, 2013
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I purschased this cd because i could not find the tracks Inside of You and Baby hold on anywhere. The rest of the tracks are very uninspired in my opinion. It's easy to see why so many fans of the group call these two cd's the worst of their post 70's output.
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GREAT MUSICIANS.ORIGINAL CLASS ACT. THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREAT MUSIC FOR DECADES. WHO NOW A DAYS HAVE THAT STAMINA AND DRIVE TO CREATE ORIGINAL MUSIC LIKE THEY DID IN THE EARLY FIFTIES TO THE LATE TWO THOUSANDS.
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there are times when an artist gets you RIGHT THERE. the year Real Deal was released, i enjoyed The Isley Brothers. once i heard Ernie tear this tune up, i became a fan of Ernie Isley! it hit me, he grew up listening to Hendryx. IN HIS HOUSE!!!! his brothers could call the man on the phone and let Ernie talk to him about MUSIC!!!! i went into the Way-Back Machine and this song just made my day. my MP3 players will now ALL have this song on them.
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INSIDE YOU (1981) and THE REAL DEAL (1982) are the featured albums on this third two-on-one Isley release from BGO Records. Both of these albums broke the group's nine gold and/or platinum album streak.

The previous album GRAND SLAM (also 1981) took longer than the previous eight albums to reach "gold" status. So on INSIDE YOU, the Isleys tried to reinvent themselves by incorporating lush string arrangements into their clavinet/guitar solo funk formula. For the most part, it works, especially on the title tune, the Doobie-ish "Baby Hold On", the lush Stylistics-like ballad "Don't Hold Back Your Love", and "Love Zone" in which Ernie's guitar soars above a comfy bed of strings. However, the pop leanings fall flat on "First Love", the soggy "Welcome To My Heart", and "Love Merry Go Round", a good idea that somehow fails to catch fire. INSIDE YOU stalled at #45 on the Billboard pop album chart, the Isleys first non-top 40 album since 1971's GIVIN' IT BACK.

After that pop/funk experiment failed, the Isleys brought the funk back to the forefront in 1982's THE REAL DEAL. The title track and "Are You With Me?" incorporate some Gap Band influences in the mix, while those darn strings rear their ugly head in the poppy "It's Alright With Me". "All In My Lover's Eyes" is well-sung but features lazy lyrics, while Ernie's guitar saves the funky "Stone Cold Lover" and the bluesy closer "Under The Influence". This album crawled to #87 on the Billboard Pop Charts.

After the failure of these albums, the Isleys came back with 1983's platinum BETWEEN THE SHEETS. These albums aren't the best representation of the Isley catalog, but they have their moments.
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