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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The O'Jays' vocals are stellar throughout this lively eight-song collection. Political and social lyrics weigh heavy but don't overburden this set. "Darlin' Darlin' Baby" is a killer midtempo love romp with equally effective leads by Eddie Levert and Walter Williams. "Paradise" was overlooked, with Walter Williams doing his falsetto "doo dah"s on the breaks and the trio spitting out Gamble & Huff's lyrics at breakneck speed. "Make a Joyful Noise" finds Levert wailing like a Baptist preacher on a song that's more gospel than R&B; the title track is a typical message song made extraordinary by a great production and sensational vocals. The harmonies on "I Swear I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The O'Jays' vocals are stellar throughout this lively eight-song collection. Political and social lyrics weigh heavy but don't overburden this set. "Darlin' Darlin' Baby" is a killer midtempo love romp with equally effective leads by Eddie Levert and Walter Williams. "Paradise" was overlooked, with Walter Williams doing his falsetto "doo dah"s on the breaks and the trio spitting out Gamble & Huff's lyrics at breakneck speed. "Make a Joyful Noise" finds Levert wailing like a Baptist preacher on a song that's more gospel than R&B; the title track is a typical message song made extraordinary by a great production and sensational vocals. The harmonies on "I Swear I Love No One But You" will blow you away. Another good slice of soul from the Canton, OH, natives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • UPC: 077776670621
  • Catalog Number: 66706
  • Sales rank: 42,224

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The O'Jays Primary Artist
Eddie Levert Vocals
William Powell Vocals
Walter Williams Vocals
Technical Credits
The O'Jays Contributor
Bunny Sigler Composer, Producer
Victor Carstarphen Composer, Producer
Jack Faith Arranger
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Leon Huff Composer
Ron Kersey Arranger
Gene McFadden Composer, Producer
Bud O'Shea Reissue Producer
Eli Okun Reissue Producer
William Powell Contributor
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
John Whitehead Composer, Producer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Sam Strain Contributor
Bobby Martin Arranger
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