Flashbook time - Brussels American High School class of '77 ...
This was one of those albums that represent that special time in my life. Yeah, most of my class was listening to Fleetwood Mac, or Journey (okay Mark Funk was listening to Robin Trower and all sorts of oddball sounds), but The Isley were the band that caught my ear. And 'Tell Me When You Need Me Again' was amongst the cream of the Isleys' crop.
The entire "Go For Your Guns" album was magical (I can't even begin to count the number of times I played it), but 'Tell Me When You Need It Again' managed to blend the very best of soul and hard rock into a five minute package. Reflecting one of Ron Isley's most impressive vocals, Marvin Isley's fattttttt slap bass, Christopher Jasper's burping moog, Ernie Isley's Hendrix-inspired guitar, and a refrain as addictive as any Class 1 drug ... what wasn't their to love about this one?
ANd if you haven't heard this track, here's a link to a YouTube clip: