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Essential O'Jays

O'JaysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Lonely DrifterThe O'Jays 2:24Album Only
listen  2. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)The O'Jays 2:45Album Only
listen  3. Stand In For LoveThe O'Jays 3:43Album Only
listen  4. I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)The O'Jays 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. There's Someone (Waiting Back Home)The O'Jays 2:31Album Only
listen  6. One Night AffairThe O'Jays 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Deeper (In Love with You)The O'Jays 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Back StabbersThe O'Jays 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 992 Arguments (Single Version)The O'Jays 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Love TrainThe O'Jays 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Time to Get DownThe O'Jays 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Put Your Hands TogetherThe O'Jays 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sunshine Pt. 1The O'Jays 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. You Got Your Hooks in MeThe O'Jays 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Now That We Found LoveThe O'Jays 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. For the Love of MoneyThe O'Jays 7:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Give the People What They WantThe O'Jays 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. SurvivalThe O'Jays 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Let Me Make Love To YouThe O'Jays 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. I Love MusicThe O'Jays 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Livin' for the WeekendThe O'Jays 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stairway to HeavenThe O'Jays 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Family ReunionThe O'Jays 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ship Ahoy (Edited Version)The O'Jays 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Message in Our MusicThe O'Jays 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)The O'Jays 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Big Gangster (Album Version)The O'Jays 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Use ta Be My GirlThe O'Jays 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Brandy (I Really Miss You)The O'Jays 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cry TogetherThe O'Jays 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Forever MineThe O'Jays 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sing a Happy SongThe O'Jays 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lovin' YouThe O'Jays 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wind Beneath My WingsGerald Levert;Eddie Levert, Sr. 5:38Album Only
listen15. Emotionally Yours (Gospel Version)The O'Jays 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00136MBWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Here are 38 ballads, funky classics and more from these Philly-soul legends: the hits Love Train; Back Stabbers; Use Ta Be My Girl; I Love Music; For the Love of Money; Put Your Hands Together; Livin' for the Weekend; Forever Mine; Time to Get Down; Lipstick Traces; Message in Our Music; Give the People What They Want all the biggest and best!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
No doubt about it. When Motown pulled up stakes and moved the bulk of its operations to the West Coast in the early 1970's the center of gravity in the world of soul music shifted dramatically. But it did not, as the executives at Motown had hoped, follow them to Los Angeles. Rather, the new capitol of soul music was located about 450 miles to the south and east of Detroit in the City of Brotherly Love. For it was just about that same time that producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in conjuction with CBS founded Philadelphia International Records. It would go on to become the dominent soul label for the next decade featuring artists like Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Billy Paul, The Three Degrees and so many others. But clearly the most important and successful group to record for Philadelphia International was the O'Jays.

Though there have been other "Greatest Hits" packages offered in the past "The Essential O'Jays", released in early 2005 is head and shoulders above the rest. For one thing the sound quality is vastly superior to anything else I have heard. This collection offers 16 of the O'Jays biggest and best recordings from that era. Everyone remembers the big ones like "Backstabbers", "Love Train" and "Use To Be My Girl" which were mega hits for the group during this period. "Essential O'Jays" also includes the full 7 minute version of "I Love Music" which was divided into Parts I and II on the original 45. What a great record! And while the O'Jays were producing hit after hit on the pop charts during the 1970's they were even more dominant on Billboard's Soul chart where they would amass an impressive total of 8 #1 hits. All of those chart toppers are included in "Essential O'Jays".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Single-Disc O'Jays Collection Yet March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
By substituting "Message In Our Music", "Darlin' Darlin' Baby", and "Use Ta Be My Girl" for other tracks included on "Ultimate O'Jays" and "Love Train," this ranks as the only O'Jays CD to include all their 1970's R&B #1's. That includes "Anthology", which baffled by leaving off "Back Stabbers."

I'd give this five stars, but there's room left for a couple more songs, and I have reason to hope that another record company is planning an even heftier disc that would reach into the group's '80's output and even reach back into their little-heard '60's material.

Until that dream disc comes out, get this one. Someone finally got it right!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! August 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the best compilation of the O'Jays that there is, single, double, or how ever many discs, this has all the good songs, hits the high points and doesn't have any "filler" songs, all of the songs are very good and the sound is great, too. THIS is the O'Jays compilation to have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing a happy song August 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having recently been expanded from a one disc to a two disc collection, this is now the most comprehensive O'Jays collection spanning 1963 through 1995. In addition to their hits there are also a few album cuts here as well. There's also a 2008 single version of "Ship Ahoy" ,the title cut from their '73 album. And there's "Wind Beneath My Wings" sung by Eddie Levert with his son Gerald.

Whether you're a long time fan or a new one, this will be a memorable listening experience. Get on board the Love Train and enjoy the ride.

Total Time Disc 1-74:43;Disc 2-78:37
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The 70s and early 80 were THE time for the song writing and producing team of Ken Gamble and Leon Huff.They created over 170 gold and platinum records with artists like Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes,the Jacksons,Lou Rawls,Patti Labelle,and this group the O'Jays.
The O'Jays go as far back as the early 60s and continued to only have limited success as a vocal quintet until the met up with Gamble and Huff and their song 992 Arguments put them on the track to the big time.Two members left leaving a trio and the guys continued their way to the top with such songs as Put your hands Together,Give the people what they Want,Love Train,I Love Music,Livin For the Weekend and more.And they are all here and all remastered for great quality and sound.There are other lengthier versions of this set(2 and 3 CDs) but I find for the more casual fan this is all one needs to satisfy.Alos unlike later entries of this "essential"series,usually with 2-Cds,Sony has REALLY picked the essential tracks for this one and also included,where relevant,the longer LP versions of the songs-which is very nice.
All in all a highly recommended buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection July 21, 2009
By Gizmo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a nice collection of songs by the O'Jays, containing some I've never heard. I thought the sound quality was not that great on some of the older songs. Although, I would recommend this cd collection set if you are a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Material! January 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There really isn't much to say about the O'Jays except that they helped shape R&B soul music over the years to the point where it is a viable and thriving format. The classic tracks from their career are all present on The Essential O'Jays, a 16-song collection that gives you a good snapshot of all their hits. Hits like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," "Use Ta Be My Girl," "I Love Music," "For The Love Of Money," "Sunshine," "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," "Message In Our Music," "Give The People What They Want," and the ultra smooth "Stairway To Heaven" are all gathered on this disc. There are a few collections out there for the mega superstar singing group, but The Essential O'Jays seems to be the best out of the bunch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd, love the o'jays
what can i say, great cd, love the o'jays, their one of the best groups
Published 4 days ago by wayne w jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music! Great Memores! Great Voices! Great Purchase!
This was a trip down memory lane that never gets old. This was the best bang for the buck and searched. I went through all of their "greatest of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by teacherlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely phenomenal
The O'Jays were a tremendously talented band, fantastic songwriters and performers. It's tough, but I think my fave on this record is "I Love Music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by StevieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I grew up doing the O'Jays era. I had all the songs, but they were on cassett which is obsolete in vehicles.
Published 7 months ago by Charles T. Embry
4.0 out of 5 stars Many songs on the CD, some I didn't know.
I bought this for Used To Be my Girl. I cannot find that song on any other of their compilations. For the Love of Money seems so appropriate in today's world and the song is over... Read more
Published 8 months ago by agent210
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that I love!
My very favorite group love everything they have ever done.....exciting and fun and will purchase more. Sound so good loved.
Published 8 months ago by Gwendolyn Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memories of the Early O'Jays
The first cut, "A Lonely Drifter" is the reason I purchased this CD. It has not been on any other CD that I know of. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Claude Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ojays
Really enjoy this cd it reminds me of the 70's when I was growing up until now The ojays are still a hit
Published 11 months ago by Rozell M. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great songs numerous hits! Must have! A great quality and value brings back memories. Talk about blast from the past!
Published 12 months ago by Gwamalisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of the Ojay's oldies and newer releases.
This is better than their Greatest Hits CD because it has more of their older songs on it. I am a bit disappointed that there weren't more songs from their "Comin'... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ron M.
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