Tag Archives: The O’Jays

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL-THE COLLECTION 20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL-THE COLLECTION 20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS. On February 13th 2014, Sony Music announced that it had acquired the worldwide rights to Philadelphia International Records’ post 1975 back-catalogue. At last, one label, Sony Music now had control of the rights to the entire Philadelphia International Records’ back-catalogue. This was progress. Maybe now, a proper reissue program …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 6.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 6. THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE. One of jazz’s best kept secrets is hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce. He may not have enjoyed the longevity of many of his contemporaries, but was one of the leading lights of West Coast …

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GOLDEN GATE GROOVE: THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA IN SAN FRANCISCO-1973.

GOLDEN GATE GROOVE: THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA IN SAN FRANCISCO-1973. There was only one occasion that Philadelphia International Records’ biggest names shared a stage. That was in September 1973, when Gamble and Huff took Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, The Three Degrees, Billy Paul and M.F.S.B. to the CBS annual convention in …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-SPECIAL VINYL EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-SPECIAL VINYL EDITION. Just a year after the release of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes, now lovers of vinyl will be able to purchase a copy of what was one of the most anticipated box sets of 2012. While the four CD box set of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes …

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THE O’JAYS SHIP AHOY.

THE O’JAYS SHIP AHOY. In August 1972, when The O’Jays’ released Back Stabbers, little did they realize how important an album it would become. Back Stabbers was certified gold, and fourteen years after The O’Jays were formed, were on their way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups in the …

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THE O’JAYS-SURVIVAL.

THE O’JAYS-SURVIVAL. That The O’Jays released an album in 1975 entitled Survival, is almost ironic. 1975 would prove to be a traumatic year for The O’Jays’ label Philadelphia International Records. During 1975 Gamble and Huff were locked in a dispute with many of the members of their legendary house-band M.F.S.B. over money. Eventually, after the …

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THE O’JAYS-WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN.

THE O’JAYS-WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN. Any group that celebrate twenty-five years in the music business must be doing something right. For The O’Jays, they’d been formed in 1958 and released their debut album Comin’ Through in 1965. It was when The O’Jays signed to Philadelphia International Records and released their first album for …

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THE O’JAYS-TRAVELIN’ AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT.

THE O’JAYS-TRAVELIN’ AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT. A year after The O’Jays released Message In the Music, their final album to feature William Powell, The O’Jays would release Travellin’ At the Speed of Thought, their first album featuring their new vocalist Sammy Strain. Given how successful The O’Jays had been since releasing their first album …

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THE O’JAYS-MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC.

THE O’JAYS-MESSAGE IN THE MUSIC. By 1976, Philadelphia International Records four years after Gamble and Huff founded the label, their label had become the biggest label on the planet. Philadelphia International Records’ success story had at its heart, the meeting of a number of hugely creative minds. While Gamble and Huff played the biggest part …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS-THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS-THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET. One of the most eagerly awaited and much anticipated box sets finally hits the shops on 21st May 2012. In case anyone doesn’t realize what I’m talking about, this is the Philadelphia International Records-The 40th Anniversary Box Set, a mammoth ten disc box set, released by Harmless Records …

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THE O’JAYS-WE’LL NEVER FORGET YOU-THE IMPERIAL YEARS 1963-66.

THE O’JAYS-WE’LL NEVER FORGET YOU-THE IMPERIAL YEARS 1963-66. Although I’ve reviewed a number of The O’Jays albums from their Philadelphia International days, including Back Stabbers, Family Reunion and Ship Ahoy, there was much more to their music than music than the Philadelphia International years. Granted, it was by far, the most successful period of The …

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JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1.

JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1. Nowadays, for anyone wanting to try to become a DJ, the equipment is very different to the equipment Johnny “D” DeMairo learnt his trade on. For the wannabe DJ, they can choose from CD decks, USB controllers with software like Traktor or if they’re traditional or old school …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL: THE RE-EDITS.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL: THE RE-EDITS. Sometimes, once you’ve heard that a new album will be due out soon, then you can’t wait to get your hands on to review. That’s how I felt about Harmless’ latest compilation, Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits, which I’ve waited to hear for a number of weeks. This is just the latest …

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LOVE AND JEALOUSY AND BACK TO MY PLACE BABY.

LOVE AND JEALOUSY AND BACK TO MY PLACE BABY. If I was to say the words Southern, Deep, Crossover, Modern and Northern what would you say? Many people would immediately say soul. They would be correct, but they’re also the themes for some of the Backbeats compilations that have been released since 2009. In total, …

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THE O’JAYS-IDENTIFY YOURSELF.

THE O’JAYS-IDENTIFY YOURSELF. The O’Jays 1979 album Identify Yourself was the last in a series of eight albums the group released on Philadelphia International Records that was either certified gold or platinum. This remarkable sequence of hugely commercial and critically acclaimed albums started in November 1972, with their debut album for Philadelphia International Back Stabbers, …

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THE O’JAYS-SO FULL OF LOVE.

THE O’JAYS-SO FULL OF LOVE. Since I first started collecting vinyl in the early seventies, I’ve noticed that with the advent of new mediums like the compact disc, that albums nowadays are much longer. Now albums are sprawling affairs, lasting up to eighty minutes. This new development isn’t necessary a good development. Back when The …

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THE O’JAYS-BACK STABBERS.

THE O’JAYS-BACK STABBERS. Back in August 1972, after Gamble and Huff had previously managed to convince The O’Jays not to quit the music industry, the group released their debut album Back Stabbers. Having already released a series of singles and albums in the sixties for various labels including Minit, Imperial and Bell, nothing could’ve prepared …

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THE O’JAYS-SHIP AHOY.

THE O’JAYS-SHIP AHOY. Recently, I wrote an article Sweet Soul Music, reviewing some of the best compilation albums which feature Philadelphia Soul. After writing that article, I decided to write some articles about my favorite albums on Philadelphia International Records, the label founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, which released so many great albums. …

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THE PHILADELPHIA SOUND-SWEET SOUL MUSIC

THE PHILADELPHIA SOUND-SWEET  SOUL MUSIC. Back in the 1970s, Philadelphia produced some of the sweetest, most melodic soul of the decade. It was the latest in a long line of American cities that had produced some fantastic, memorable and hugely influential soul music. Chicago produced the sound of Chess, which produced some of the best …

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