Essential O'Jays [2-CD]

Essential O'Jays [2-CD]

by The O'Jays

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The Essential O'Jays covers 1972's Back Stabbers through 1978's So Full of Love, including all but six of the Philly soul group's charting singles from the period. Nearly every crucial hit is here, including the number one R&B singles "Back Stabbers," "Give the People What They Want," "I Love Music," "Livin' forSee more details below


The Essential O'Jays covers 1972's Back Stabbers through 1978's So Full of Love, including all but six of the Philly soul group's charting singles from the period. Nearly every crucial hit is here, including the number one R&B singles "Back Stabbers," "Give the People What They Want," "I Love Music," "Livin' for the Weekend," "Love Train," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Use ta Be My Girl." A pair of singles that put major dents in the disco chart, "Unity" (number one) and "Rich Get Richer" (number six), are not here, but this disc was still one of the better single-disc O'Jays compilations made available. [Sony's Legacy division sort of contradicted itself in 2008, when it released a two-disc version of The Essential O'Jays, expanding their idea of the O'Jays' essential material from 16 songs to 35 songs. This edition added seven songs that predate Back Stabbers and an assortment dating from 1979-1995. It also went deeper with the earlier '70s releases, adding a few of the relatively minor hits.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
Sony Legacy


Disc 1

  1. Lonely Drifter  -  O'Jays
  2. Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)  -  O'Jays
  3. Stand in for Love  -  O'Jays
  4. I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)  -  O'Jays
  5. There's Someone (Waiting Back Home)  -  O'Jays
  6. One Night Affair  -  O'Jays
  7. Deeper (In Love with You)  -  O'Jays
  8. Back Stabbers  -  O'Jays
  9. 992 Arguments  -  O'Jays
  10. Love Train  -  O'Jays
  11. Time to Get Down  -  O'Jays
  12. Put Your Hands Together  -  O'Jays
  13. Sunshine, Pt. 1  -  O'Jays
  14. You Got Your Hooks in Me  -  O'Jays
  15. Now That We Found Love  -  O'Jays
  16. For the Love of Money  -  O'Jays
  17. Give the People What They Want  -  O'Jays
  18. Survival  -  O'Jays
  19. Let Me Make Love to You  -  O'Jays
  20. I Love Music  -  O'Jays

Disc 2

  1. Livin' for the Weekend  -  O'Jays
  2. Stairway to Heaven  -  O'Jays
  3. Family Reunion  -  O'Jays
  4. Ship Ahoy  -  O'Jays
  5. Message in Our Music  -  O'Jays
  6. Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)  -  O'Jays
  7. The Big Gangster  -  O'Jays
  8. Use Ta Be My Girl  -  O'Jays
  9. Brandy (I Really Miss You)  -  O'Jays
  10. Cry Together  -  O'Jays
  11. Forever Mine  -  O'Jays
  12. Sing a Happy Song  -  O'Jays
  13. Lovin' You  -  O'Jays
  14. Wind Beneath My Wings
  15. Emotionally Yours  -  O'Jays

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

O'Jays   Primary Artist
Grey   Trombone,Musician
Bunny Sigler   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Musician
Dexter Wansel   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Reggie Lucas   Guitar,Musician
Michael Pedicin   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Roger Andrews   Bass,Musician
Charles Apollonia   Violin,Musician
Davis A. Barnett   Viola,Musician
Albert Barone   Violin,Musician
Thom Bell   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Rocco Bene   Trumpet,Musician
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Shirley Brewer   Background Vocals
Victor Carstarphen   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Musician
Karl Chambers   Drums,Musician
Roland Chambers   Guitar,Musician
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Jerry Cohen   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
T.G. Conway   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Linda Creed   Background Vocals
David Cruse   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Robert Cupit   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn,Musician
Ugene Dozier   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Don Renaldo   Violin,Musician
Raymond Earl   Bass,Musician
Bobby Eli   Guitar,Musician
Ron Fair   Conductor
Jack Faith   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Norman Farrington   Drums,Musician
Allan Felder   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Guy Fiske   Guitar,Musician
Larry Gold   Cello,Musician
Bruce Gray   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Eddie Green   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Dennis Harris   Guitar,Musician
Norman Harris   Guitar,Musician
Carl Helm   Background Vocals
Jim Helmer   Drums,Musician
James Hicks   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Leon Huff   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Musician
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass,Musician
Ronnie James   Guitar,Musician
Joseph B. Jefferson   Background Vocals
Tom Kennery   Guitar,Musician
Ron Kersey   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Musician
Gene McFadden   Background Vocals
Vince Montana   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Vibes,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Lenny Pakula   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Bongos,Conga,Keyboards,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Sam Peake   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Milton Phibbs   French Horn,Musician
Christine Reeves   Violin,Musician
Richard Rome   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Jimmy Sigler   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Roger Stevens   Trumpet,Musician
Deborah Stockton   Background Vocals
Harriet Tharpe   Background Vocals
T.J. Tindall   Guitar,Musician
Ron Tyson   Bongos,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Stanley Wade   Bass,Background Vocals,Musician
Earl Young   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
David Bay   Guitar,Musician
James Mendell   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Zach Zachary   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Edward Moore   Guitar,Musician
Cotton Kent   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Romeo Distefano   Cello,Musician
Rudy Maliazia   Violin,Musician
Angelo Petrella   Viola,Musician
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Trombone,Musician
Charlie Collins   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Musician
Scott Miller   Drums,Musician
David Guest   Background Vocals
Yvette Davis   Background Vocals
E.J. Jones   Background Vocals
Bobby Martin   French Horn,Vibes,Musician
Joe Donofrio   Violin,Musician
Michael Thompson   Drums,Musician
Frankie Brunson   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
Ronnie Baker   Bass,Musician
Win Wilford   Bass,Musician
Herb Johnson & The Impacts   Background Vocals
Doc Wade   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Toni Williams   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Kim Miller   Guitar,Musician
Jimmy "Rashid" Williams   Bass,Musician
David Jones & the Revels Chorus   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Musician
John C.F. Davis   Flute,Saxophone,Musician
Nick Dimico   Vibes,Musician
Dennis Dozier   Guitar,Musician

Technical Credits

Gerald LeVert   Arranger,Producer
Bunny Sigler   Composer,Producer
H.B. Barnum   Producer
Harold Battiste   Arranger
Thom Bell   Arranger,Producer
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer
Jack Faith   Arranger
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Norman Harris   Arranger
John Hudson   Packaging
Leon Huff   Producer,Executive Producer
George Kerr   Producer
Eddie Levert   Liner Notes
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Don Murray   Engineer
Kenny Present   Engineer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Richard Tee   Arranger
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Joel Whitburn   Chart Information
Michael Kull   Tape Research
A. Jackson   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Maria Triana   Digital Editing
Lyah Beth LeFlore   Liner Notes
J.B. Jefferson   Composer

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