The Isley Brothers – Go For Your Guns
(T-Neck /CBS – 1977)
by A. Scott Galloway (Special to RFFocus )
When The Isley Brothers began working on the 5th album of their 3+3 incarnation, they knew they had to come with something next level. This album would be given the growling, stance-taking title Go For Your Guns – an epic set of six songs (plus one “slight return,” as their kindred soul brother Jimi Hendrix would have dubbed the title track) conceived in a boiling cauldron of creativity – molten lava bass and keys under midnight sky crying guitars meeting haunting, elliptical lyrics and the ever-yearning ache of Ronald Isley’s soul-searing voice.