The O'Jays

Reflections in Gold (1973-82)

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A crafty culling of handpicked O'Jays tracks from their successful Philadelphia International recording years. The appealing selections include the sermonizing "Don't Call Me Brother," an epic dramatization that points fingers at the criminal element in our communities. "You and Me" and "Your Body's Here with Me (But Your Mind Is on the Other Side of Town)") are superlative ballads, two keepers. Most groups would die for one or two good slow jams a career; the O'Jays have had enough to stretch across Rhode Island. The moving "Ship Ahoy" is one of many tunes on Reflections in Gold taken from Ship Ahoy, arguably the O'Jays' best album. Nothing romps better then "Now That We Found Love," a popular cut that charted for Third World. The emotional "Help (Somebody Please)" is not as familiar as other tracks, but it's a gripper from the pronounced opening bass beats. This is a good pickup even if you have more complete O'Jays CDs, because many of these excellent songs were omitted.

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