Sunday Slow Jams: Triple Play

It’s time for another edition of Sunday Slow Jams, where your humble blogger tries to re-create the Quiet Storm shows of his memories. Granted, I don’t usually go for four or five hours like those shows did (and still do), but I try to give an idea of what it was like to hear those classic R&B/soul slow songs that still stand the test of time to this day. All that’s missing is my voice in between the songs (and maybe one day, when I figure out how to do that without losing my financial shirt, it will happen). For now though, I present the songs, and you decide whether it’s good or not.

Many years ago, when I was in my younger years and still had hair, I would have to make an occasional trip to the local barber shop. The shop was usually full of people waiting to get haircuts, or have their hair trimmed or get a shave. A lot of those older men I would have to listen to, because the shop had a “first come, first served” policy. I remember usually grumbling if I showed up with a bunch of people there, especially the older men, because you knew they would take a while to get their haircut and a shave. But one thing  I did like was hearing the stories they would tell.

One of the older gentlemen who fancied himself something of a ladies’ man would often say that the second half of the Isley Brothers’ 1975 album The Heat Is On was the perfect soundtrack for lovemaking. Whether that is true or not, I cannot confirm; I’ve never had it playing in that setting. That isn’t to say the songs wouldn’t work as a soundtrack for that particular activity. In tribute to that story, and also as a call-back to a feature I have heard on Quiet Storm radio shows in the past, I’ve put all three of those songs in the middle of the playlist. The radio station would call it the Triple Play, and it may still be a feature today. The Triple Play features three songs by the same artist consecutively. So this week, I’ve given that spotlight to the Isley Brothers.

Here are the songs in this week’s listing. Boney James’ “Seduction” serves as the theme song for these posts, so it leads off. If you can’t play any of the songs, feel free to seek them out elsewhere.

  1. “Seduction” by Boney James
  2. “No One Can Love You More” by Phyllis Hyman
  3. “Stay In My Corner” by The Dells
  4. “He’s Not Good Enough” by Solo
  5. “Your Love Is King” by Sade
  6. “For The Love Of You” by The Isley Brothers
  7. “Sensuality” by The Isley Brothers
  8. “Make Me Say It Again Girl” by The Isley Brothers
  9. “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” by Mint Condition
  10. “Night Games” by Stephanie Mills
  11. “Love’s Train” by Con Funk Shun
  12. “Don’t Say Goodbye” by Walter Beasley
  13. “Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” by Luther Vandross

For those in the U.S. with Spotify, the playlist can be found here also:

Hope you enjoy this playlist, and thanks for reading and listening.

12 Replies to “Sunday Slow Jams: Triple Play”

  1. I love this list. I am a Quiet Storm fan myself and have a number of my own Quiet Storm compilations as well. Might share one or two songs from my list here. Glad to see Phyllis Hyman here and I think the guy at the Barber shop could be right about the Isley Brothers😀 As as stalwart fan of Walter Beasley, I’m glad to see him on your list. Great blending of some classics here.
    Here’s my contribution to your list.

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    1. I’m a big fan of that particular Walter Beasley song, and I thought it would be a good time to place this one in this post. Love the Chris Ballin song you posted-interestingly, he was with Incognito when I went to see them back in October. I wouldn’t have any doubt that you have your own Quiet Storm playlists, and I bet they have many of the songs that I will be featuring here. Would love to see some of your favorites!

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      1. So far, chances are that our lists will be similar but I always find tracks I haven’t heard from your list so it just helps me expand my horizon. I didn’t know about Chris Ballin playing with Incognito – guess it makes him more special in our ranking.😀 I would love to drop in a song or two along the way.

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  2. I know a little something about those barbershops and those old men! I have a little different take because I was a single mother of a young son at the time and they used to like to flirt with young Lady G! LOL! They couldn’t bust a grape but that didn’t stop them from talking a little junk 🙂

    Anyway, your older gentleman was right, those Isley Brothers jams are most definitely meant for lovemaking!
    Hell…so is the rest of this list! It rocks!

    Hey, but I couldn’t help noticing that real old school Dells (Stay in my Corner). I suspect that was a tipping of the hat to Queen Diva The Lady P 🙂

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    1. You don’t miss a thing, Lady G! That’s exactly what it was…plus it was a callback to the first mix I did for mom. It was supposed to be included in that mix, but I forgot. So I put it in this one.

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