The O’Jays – The Very Best Of The O’Jays (1998)

The O'Jays - The Very Best Of The O'Jays (1998)
Artist: The O’Jays
Album: The Very Best Of The O’Jays
Genre: Soul/Funk
Label: Epic
Released: 1998
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Tracklist:
Back Stabbers
Love Train
I Love Music
Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender Love)
Used Ta Be My Girl
Brandy
Now That We Found Love
Put Our Heads Together
Message In Our Music
Sing A Happy Song
Extraordinary Girl
Give The People What They Want
For The Love Of Money
992 Arguments
Time To Get Down
Livin’ For The Weekend
Looky, Looky (Look At Me Girl)
One Night Affair
Deeper (In Love With You)
Don’t Call Me Brother
Love Train (extended version)

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In the ’70s, Philadelphia was one of America’s great cities for soul music, and few Philly acts scored more and better hits than the O’Jays. Formed in Ohio in 1958, the O’Jays recorded for a variety of small labels with limited success until they partnered with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, a pair of producers based in Philadelphia whose bright, layered sound, full of horns, strings, and percussion, was a perfect match for the O’Jays’ vocal blend. The group relocated to the City of Brotherly Love and signed with Philadelphia International Records, where they enjoyed a string of hits that ranged from romantic numbers like “Used to Be My Girl” and “Now That We Found Love” to gritty, street-level anthems like “Back Stabbers” and “For the Love of Money,” peaking with a combination of topicality and positivity in “Love Train.” The Very Best of the O’Jays is a 21-song anthology that includes the O’Jays’ best-known songs from their tenure with Philadelphia International, and captures their trademark sound full of great grooves and passionate vocals.
Review by Mark Deming

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