10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The O’Jays responded to a new era of political consciousness with Back Stabbers, in which burning emotions are couched in a highly sophisticated musical backdrop. The arranged harmonies of the title song and “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People” transform tales of vengeance and betrayal into contagious pop pleasures. “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” is an R&B anthem for street-smart hustlers, but the album’s crown jewel is “Love Train,” one of the most unabashedly optimistic songs—both musically and thematically—ever set to tape.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The O’Jays responded to a new era of political consciousness with Back Stabbers, in which burning emotions are couched in a highly sophisticated musical backdrop. The arranged harmonies of the title song and “Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People” transform tales of vengeance and betrayal into contagious pop pleasures. “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” is an R&B anthem for street-smart hustlers, but the album’s crown jewel is “Love Train,” one of the most unabashedly optimistic songs—both musically and thematically—ever set to tape.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
60 Ratings
60 Ratings
lalzee ,

The greatest R&B/Soul album ever-all else is derivative

Dancing to this album in 1973 in the clubs in Athens, Greece while stationed there in the Navy…Zach, Freddie, all my buds!!! I know y’all are still out there somewhere! Thanks for the memories! larry from fort worth

TGood1967 ,

Um... We'll have 2 Chicken Pot Pies!

Yeah, this joint happens to be a classic, man. It makes me drive an old '70 Dodge Charger, as a I listen to some good old school R&B when I pull up the KFC Drive-Through

Royboo ,

Why Buy The Ablum?

Just a note to everyone out there, it's a whole lot cheaper to just buy the songs you like rather than the whole ablum. The ablum cost $9.99, all the songs indivdualy cost $10.20. So just buy all but one song and you're still saving money!

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