The O'Jays

I Love Music

Composed by Kenny Gamble / Leon Huff

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The O'Jays' driving "I Love Music" got dancers up on the disco floor -- for a long time! It was the longest track the group had recorded up to that point. Written and produced by Philadelphia International Records founders Gamble and Huff, "I Love Music" also benefited from the mixing skills of their frequent collaborator, Sigma Sound engineer Joe Tarsia. Tarsia delivers an aural soundscape that shares itself with the trio's energetic vocals and the jamming grooves of MFSB. Listen to the guitar work of Bobby Eli and string arranger Norman Harris' super guitar solo. One of the O'Jays' most enduring tracks, "I Love Music" went to number one R&B and number five pop in late 1975. It was listed on their platinum number one R&B/number seven pop album Family Reunion, whose other highlights were the endearing radio-aired title track and the sweet slow jams "Stairway to Heaven" (not to be confused with the same-titled song by Led Zeppelin) and "You and Me." In an uncommon move for a greatest-hits set, the long album version of "I Love Music" was included on the trio's gold 1977 PIR set Collecter's Items.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Ten Years of #1 Hits 1975
Various Artists
Philadelphia International/EMI 6:53
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Collectors' Items 1977 Philadelphia International/EMI 6:51
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:55
Club Epic, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Epic 6:05
Love Train: The Best of the O'Jays 1994 Sony Music Distribution
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 3:36
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority
100% Disco 1996
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 4:27
Give Your Body Up: Club Classics & House Foundations 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 6:33
The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) 1997
Various Artists
Epic/Legacy 6:51
Super Hits 1998 Sony Music Distribution
The Very Best of the O'Jays [1998] 1998 Sony Music 3:37
Lowrider Classics 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 6:49
Non Stop Dance! 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Disco Nights, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Unidisc
The Best of Old School 1999 American Recordings / A M W Music
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:23
Philly Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 6:50
The All Time Greatest Disco Songs 1999
Various Artists
Sony Discos Inc. 3:43
Platinum R&B Party 2000
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts.
Blues & Soul, Vol. 5: 1976-1977 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:37
The Ultimate O'Jays 2001 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 6:50
Disco Dance 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 6:53
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:33
The Sound of Philadelphia [Movie Play] 2001
Various Artists
Double Platinum 6:52
When the World's at Peace 2002 Collectables 6:52
Philly Super Soul Hits 2002
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts. 6:50
Spread Love: Feel-Good Grooves and Inspirational Soul 2003
Various Artists
Harmless 6:54
Anthology 2003 The Right Stuff 6:07
Disco Nights [Ubiquity] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
The Sounds of Philadelphia [Double Platinum] 2003
Various Artists
Double Platinum 6:52
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:31
The Essential O'Jays 2005 Legacy / SMG 6:49
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Special Marketing 3:32
Ultimate Disco [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:36
100 Hits: Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG TV 3:30
Disco Fever: Young Hearts Run Free [#1] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Pride [Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Lionsgate 6:52
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia 2008
Various Artists
Legacy / SMG 6:50
Playlist: The Very Best of the O'Jays 2008 Legacy 6:50
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia - Live in Concert 2009
Various Artists
Sony BMG
The Pop Years: 1976-1977 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:32
Triple Feature 2009 Sony BMG / Custom Marketing Group 6:51
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 6:51
The  Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:32
Ministry of Sound Anthems: Disco 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:32
Live In Concert 2010 MVD Visual
Ministry of Sound: Anthems Collection 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:15
Philadelphia International Records: The 40th Anniversary Box Set 2012
Various Artists
Harmless 6:53
Original Album Classics, Vol. 1 2012 Legacy
Live in Concert 2012 Cleopatra
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Demon 3:33
Original Album Classics, Vol. 2 2014 Legacy 6:51
The Very Best Of 2014 Sony Music
The Party Mix: '70s Classics 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
The Golden Years: 1975 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
3/60: The Seventies
Various Artists
Crimson 360 Range / Crimson Productions 3:32
50th Anniversary Concert Wienerworld 3:38
70s Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 3:33
Le 101 Canzoni Della Storia del Pop
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:50
Return to Soul City
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:31
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
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