The O'Jays

So Full of Love

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None of the albums the O'Jays recorded for Philadelphia International in the 1970s were weak or disappointing, although some were stronger than others. So Full of Love isn't quite essential, and isn't in a class with Back Stabbers, Ship Ahoy or Family Reunion. But the platinum album does have a lot going for it, including the major hit "Use Ta Be My Girl," and the heartfelt ballads "Cry Together" and "Brandy," and the captivating "This Time Baby," which would become a hit for soul/disco diva Jackie Moore in 1979. A funk treasure that should have been a major hit was the intense "Strokety Stroke." Once again, the O'Jays worked with Philly's best -- not only Gamble & Huff, but also Thom Bell and Bunny Sigler. Love was a departure from their previous Philly International offerings in that it contained no social or political commentary whatsoever -- with the disco era in full swing, Eddie Levert felt that the market for R&B message songs had dried up.

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