The O'Jays

The Best of the O'Jays [EMI-Capitol Special Markets]

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For those who have other O'Jays compilations, this one might be overkill; the song selections will baffle front-runners but not ardent followers. The tracks start from their Message in Our Message album and emphasize their strong urban singles that in most cases didn't cross into the pop Top 20. After the opening track, "Message in Our Music," this set becomes a love-fest, with sizzling tracks like "Forever Mine," "Serious Hold on Me," "Keep on Lovin' Me," and Oprah Winfrey's favorite, "Darling, Darling Baby (Sweet Tender Love)." A good for-lovers-only disc that would be even better with more obscure singles (i.e., "Once Is Not Enough," an excellent tune written by Bunny Sigler that can't be found on an O'Jays CD).

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