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All Music Guide - John Bush
Collectors' Items is an O'Jays compilation with a narrow range (basically 1972-76), a contradictory title, and odd sequencing, but a parade of huge hits that make up for any of its other faults. Using two LPs (or one CD, in its digital incarnation) to collect songs from only six albums, the set has plenty of room to anthologize all of the smooth Philly soul trio's biggest singles from the early- to mid-'70s: "Love Train," "Back Stabbers," "I Love Music," "Give the People What They Want," "Livin' for the Weekend." Even though all of the songs that had to be here are here, a few bizarre choices make this less than the definitive compilation of their time: why take "Sunshine" ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Collectors' Items is an O'Jays compilation with a narrow range (basically 1972-76), a contradictory title, and odd sequencing, but a parade of huge hits that make up for any of its other faults. Using two LPs (or one CD, in its digital incarnation) to collect songs from only six albums, the set has plenty of room to anthologize all of the smooth Philly soul trio's biggest singles from the early- to mid-'70s: "Love Train," "Back Stabbers," "I Love Music," "Give the People What They Want," "Livin' for the Weekend." Even though all of the songs that had to be here are here, a few bizarre choices make this less than the definitive compilation of their time: why take "Sunshine" from 1972's Back Stabbers, but not the far superior "Time to Get Down" or "992 Arguments" (or both)? Why use "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)" from 1976's Message in Our Music, but not the gorgeous title track? These few questionable decisions aside, Collectors' Items delivers exactly what fans expect, and there is actually one item for the collectors: a previously unreleased cover of "Wildflower," a recent hit for the Canadian group Skylark as well as the New Birth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643502429
  • Catalog Number: 35024
  • Sales rank: 6,150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The O'Jays Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Dennis Edwards Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Al Smith Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
Doug Edwards Composer
Kenny Gamble Producer
Norman Harris Arranger
Leon Huff Producer
Jay Mark Engineer
David Richardson Composer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Dennis Williams Arranger
M. Christian Composer
Nick Faciano Artwork
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Alfred Felder Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Loved it To Tears''

    Late one night on ''Quiet Storm'' I heard the live version of ''Wildflower'' and it bought back so many memories I had to purchase this cd when I found out it had the live version of that song. But once I got it I loved the ENTIRE CD! this is the O'jays at their BEST!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The O'Jays Ultimate Collection

    For a trip into the career of a legendary R&B phenomenon, check out the Ultimate Collection by the mighty, mighty O'Jays. It is non-stop soul at its finest showcasing one of the most talented trios of the last four decades. This is an eloquent package of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and the late William Powell giving up those urban American back barbeque serenades like ''Living For the Weekend'', ''Stairway To Heaven'', ''For the Love of Money'', ''Love Train'', ''I Love Music'' and more. It is nostalgia at it it's best and the hits just keep rolling on. Although the group is keeping it alive today with Levert and Williams at the helm, and new comer Eric Nolan Grant as revolving member number four, you can't help but long for the original O'Jays who solicited us to ''Put Your Hands Together'' and ''Give The People What They Want.'' Also, included on this mini masterpiece is the group's unforgettable live performance of ''Wildflower.'' The O'Jays Ultimate Collection is just that ''the ultimate.

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