In 1973 Ronald, O'Kelly & Rudolph Isley enjoyed their biggest worldwide success since the 60's, when they decided to revamp their little known 1964 writing "Who's That Lady" ignored at the time by New York's record buying public. Near ten years later, in the California summer of 1973 they were reunited with original New York producer Bert Berns to reconstructed what they knew was a truly great song, tweaking the title to "That Lady" the Isleys & Bert achieve monster success which is now consider a Soul classic and Rolling Stones Magazine as worthy of entry into the top 500 greatest songs of all time.
So what about this frustratingly rare 1964 first take, that been received lots of Northern Soul action for near two decades, with never quite enough copies to go round to spark nationwide monster status but repeatedly filling the dancefloors and always generating questions of who, what, why every time I play it out..it has been a regular choice of play in my sets for a number of years as I always known, it's a mood changer, a conversation starter.. and familiar enough to bring people to the dancefloor..
Infectious New York Latin rhythms, a gently whirling Hammond intro, bongos and additive guitar picks.. the typically slick Isley harmonies, with the inquisitive lead vocal painting a picture of "one sexy lady" they need to meet; Then the two horm breaks elevate the song yet again into very special Bert Berns collaboration that was an unanticipated flop back in 1964..
No wonder they decided to revamp for the pre-disco market in 1973... I still much prefer this rare take it has style and the power to command a full dancefloor.
Both labels have very light storage rub, the the black background; but free of stains, tears, stickers or writing. The vinyl surfaces only reveal some light hairlines to the eye when angled in the light. Full gloss finish, mild surface hairline, play back is bright, clean & clear (check out the impression soundfile)