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The O'Jays' first album with the Gamble/Huff production team was a landmark for all parties involved. A respected but journeyman soul outfit since the early '60s, the singers benefited immensely from distinctive, innovative production; in the O'Jays, Gamble and Huff found what may have been the best vehicle for framing their lush arrangements. Gamble and Huff write most of the material; Thom Bell handles about half the arrangements. There weren't any monster hits, but the result was considerably above the average late-'60s soul album, with strong songs and propulsive strings and brass that clearly blueprinted the Philadelphia soul sound.


Formed: 1958 in Canton, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The O'Jays were one of Philadelphia soul's most popular and long-lived outfits, rivaled only by the Spinners as soul's greatest vocal group of the '70s. In their prime, the O'Jays' recordings epitomized the Philly soul sound: smooth, rich harmonies backed by elaborate arrangements, lush strings, and a touch of contemporary funk. They worked extensively with the legendary production/songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, becoming the flagship artist of the duo's Philadelphia International...
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  • 10,89 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Neo-Soul, Soul
  • Released: 1970

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