The Essential O'Jays [3.0]

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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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Editorial Reviews

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 predated Back Stabbers, an assortment dating from 1979-1995. It also went deeper with the earlier '70s releases, adding a few of the relatively minor hits. And then, in 2009, Legacy issued a limited "3.0" edition of the anthology, which threw in a third disc (of eight songs) that went deeper yet. This time, Legacy included "Rich Get Richer."..but still no "Unity."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975278626
  • Catalog Number: 752786
  • Sales rank: 25,743

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The O'Jays Primary Artist
Al Grey Trombone
Bobby Martin French Horn, Vibes
Bunny Sigler Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jimmy Ellis Background Vocals
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Michael Pedicin Jr. Flute, Saxophone
Roger Andrews Bass
Charles Apollonia Violin
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Albert Barone Violin
Thom Bell Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Shirley Brewer Background Vocals
Victor Carstarphen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Jerry Cohen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Charles Collins Bongos, Conga, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine
T.G. Conway Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Linda Creed Background Vocals
David Cruse Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Robert Cupit Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Eugene Lambchops Curry Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Ugene Dozier Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Don Renaldo Violin
Raymond Earl Bass
Bobby Eli Guitar
Ron Fair Conductor
Jack Faith Flute, Saxophone
Norman Farrington Drums
Allan Felder Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Guy Fiske Guitar
Kenny Gamble Background Vocals
Larry Gold Cello
Bruce Gray Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Eddie Green Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dennis Harris Guitar
Norman Harris Guitar
Carl Helm Background Vocals
Jim Helmer Drums
James Hicks Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Leon Huff Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson Bass
Ronnie James Guitar
Joseph B. Jefferson Background Vocals
Tom Kennery Guitar
Ron Kersey Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Theodore Life Guitar
Gene McFadden Background Vocals
Vince Montana Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Vibes, Orchestra Bells
Bob Moore Trombone
Lenny Pakula Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Bongos, Conga, Keyboards, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Sam Peake Flute, Saxophone
Milton Phibbs French Horn
Christine Reeves Violin
Richard Rome Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jimmy Sigler Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Roger Stevens Trumpet
Deborah Stockton Background Vocals
Harriet Tharpe Background Vocals
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Ron Tyson Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Stanley Wade Bass, Background Vocals
Larry Washington Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine
John Whitehead Background Vocals
Tony Williams Flute, Saxophone
Earl Young Bongos, Conga, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
David Bay Guitar
Corliss "Sunshine" Forrest Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
James Mendell Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Zach Zachary Flute, Saxophone
Edward Moore Guitar
Cotton Kent Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Romeo Distefano Cello
Rudy Maliazia Violin
Angelo Petrella Viola
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Trombone
Charlie Collins Bongos, Conga, Drums, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Scott Miller Drums
David Guest Background Vocals
Yvette Davis Background Vocals
E.J. Jones Background Vocals
Bobby Martin French Horn, Vibes
Joe Donofrio Violin
Michael Thompson Drums
Big Jim Background Vocals
Frankie Brunson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Ronnie Baker Bass
Win Wilford Bass
Herb Johnson & The Impacts Background Vocals
Doc Wade Guitar, Background Vocals
Toni Williams Flute, Saxophone
Michael "Sugar Bear" Foreman Bass
Kim Miller Guitar
Jimmy "Rashid" Williams Bass
John C.F. Davis Flute, Saxophone
Nick Dimico Vibes
Dennis Dozier Guitar
John Hart Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
David Jones & The Lower Third Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Andrew John Smith Drums
Tom Kennery Guitar
Rudy Maliazia Violin
Robert Cupit Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine
Rickie Hicks Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine
Nick Dimico Vibes
Harriet Tharpe Background Vocals
Harold Williams Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Guy Fiske Guitar
Ed Casceralle Trombone
Frederick Joiner Trombone
James Mendell Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Doc Wade Guitar, Background Vocals
Dennis Dozier Guitar
David Guest Background Vocals
David Bay Guitar
Corliss "Sunshine" Forrest Bongos, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine
Christine Reeves Violin
Roger Stevens Trumpet
Herb Johnson Background Vocals
Bruce Gray Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Milton Phibbs French Horn
Stanley Wade Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Gerald LeVert Arranger, Producer
Bobby Martin Arranger
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
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Norman Harris Arranger
John Hudson Packaging
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
George Kerr Producer
Eddie Levert Composer, Producer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Jay Mark Engineer
Dwain Mitchell Producer
Don Murray Engineer
Kenny Present Engineer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Terry Stubbs Producer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Richard Tee Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
W. Williams Composer
Carl Paruolo Engineer
Leo Sacks Producer
Walter Williams Producer
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
John L. Usry Jr. Arranger
Michael Kull Tape Research
Naomi Neville Composer
A. Jackson Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Maria Triana Digital Editing
T. Stubbs Composer
J. Members Composer
D. Mitchell Composer
J.B. Jefferson Composer
L. Bishop Composer
C. Gilbert Composer
C. Simmons Composer
A. Felder Composer
G. McFadden Composer
E. Thomas Composer
Edwin "Tony" Nicholas Arranger, Producer
L. Henley Composer
J. Whitehead Composer
L. Christian Composer
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