The Isley Brothers’ 1973 album 3+3 marked a few milestones in the group’s career. Along with the fact the album has reached its fortieth year, it was the first to be released on Epic Records (by way of their own imprint T-Neck). But most importantly, it was the first where the lineup not only included founding members Ronald, Rudolph, and O’Kelly Isley, but also younger brothers Ernie and Marvin Isley and cousin Chris Jasper.
Opening the album is the track “That Lady, Pt. 1 & 2”, which would become the breakout single, peaking at number six on the pop charts, while taking the runner up spot on the R&B charts. The song would go on to be revered as one of the greatest songs in music history, and would be one of the originals featured on 3+3, which also included “What it Comes Down To” and “the Highways of My Life”. The album would also be recognized for it’s soulful renditions of rock and folk standards including Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze”, James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Lonely Tonight”, and the Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music".
3+3 became the Isley Brothers’ first top ten pop album (and third on the R&B listings), as well as the first to be certified platinum. It is regarded as one if not the best album from the group, and also marked the beginning of the group’s most fruitful period, one that will result in a string of platinum and gold albums, as well as soul classics.