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Brother, Brother, Brother is the tenth album released by The Isley Brothers on their T-Neck imprint on May 2, 1972. It was to be the Isleys' last studio record with Buddah Records moving on to Epic in the middle of 1973. This album also was the first to bring the younger half of the Isleys: guitarist Ernie Isley, bassist Marvin Isley and keyboardist Chris Jasper into the fold alongside their older brethren: lead singer Ronald Isley and background singing elder brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr. and Rudolph Isley. Their second venture into rock music, they didn't betray their soul and funk roots. The album featured the top 40 hit, "Pop That Thang", and subsequent hits "Work to Do", "Lay-Away" and their cover of Carole King's "It's Too Late". The brothers also covered two more King songs including the title track and "Sweet Seasons".
Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the timeThere's somethin' wrong here, there can be no denyin'One of us is changin', or maybe we've just stopped tryin'And it's too late, baby now, it's too lateThough we really did try to make itSomethin' inside has died, and I can't hideAnd I just can't fake it, oh, no, noIt used to be so easy, livin' here with youYou were light and breezy, an' I knew just what to doNow you look so unhappy, and I feel like a foolAnd it's too late, baby now, it's too lateThough we really did try to make itSomethin' inside has died, and I can't hideAnd I just can't fake it, oh, no, noThere'll be good times again for me and youBut we just can't stay together; don't you feel it too?Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once loved youAnd it's too late, baby now, it's too lateThough we really did try to make it. (we can't make it)Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hideAnd I just can't fake it, oh, no, no, no, no, no, noIt's too late baby, it's too late now darlingIt's too late
The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music".Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group performed gospel music until Vernon's death a few years after its formation. After moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, the group had modest chart successes during their early years, first coming to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, "Shout", written by the three brothers. Initially a modest charted single, the song eventually sold over a million copies. Afterwards the group recorded for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist and Shout" and the Motown single, "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, "It's Your Thing" on their own label, T-Neck Records.