The Essential O'Jays [2-CD]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886972109824
  • Catalog Number: 721098

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The O'Jays Primary Artist
Al 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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